The Keizer Chamber’s Government Affairs Committee met Wednesday (October 17th). A summary of the meeting is below.

Statewide, State Legislative and Ballot Measure Races:

Jenny Dressler from the Oregon State Chamber of Commerce stopped by to walk us through several races.

Polling shows the race for Governor between Governor Kate Brown (D) and Representative Knute Buehler (R) remains very close. This will be one to watch on election night.

Jenny also discussed 16 Oregon Senate and House Races with us. These are the races which are considered “swing districts” and could go either way. It is important to note that if Democrats pick-up just one seat in both chambers they will have a supermajority and can raise taxes without bipartisan support.

A few of the races in our neighborhood include House District 19 in south Salem – currently held by Rep. Boles (R) and House District 20 – currently held by Rep. Evans (D). Dr. Selma Pierce (R) is challenging Rep. Evans and this race could be close. If you have questions about other races, please feel free to give me a call or shoot me an email and I will see what I can find out for you.

Here in Keizer, Senator Kim Thatcher and Rep. Bill Post both have challengers. The Keizer Chamber has endorsed both of them based on their continued support for small business.

We also discussed some of the ballot measures. Measure 103 would ban taxes on groceries and Measure 104 would clarify the constitutional requirement that all revenue raising measures be passed by lawmakers with a supermajority. This requirement for most taxes already exists in the Oregon Constitution but various court rulings have weakened it over the years.

The Keizer Chamber is recommending a “yes” vote on Ballot Measure 104.

Ballots are now in the hands of voters. Again, please make sure you vote and return your ballot no later than November 6th.

Update from Dan Kohler, Keizer City Council Position #6:

Dan updated us on his race for Keizer City Council. He continues to pound the pavement knocking on doors and putting up signs. If you have any questions you can find Dan’s contact information here:

The Keizer Chamber has endorsed Dan Kohler for Position #6 on the Keizer City Council.

Baseball Park Taskforce:

James Hutches reported that taskforce is scheduled to meet prior to our next meeting. He will have a report for us in November.

Upcoming Events
November 6th – Election Day – Please make sure your ballot is turned in. Don’t wait until the last minute and leave it sitting on your counter!

Our next Government Affairs Committee Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14th at noon at the Chamber Office. We are holding the meeting a week early to avoid Thanksgiving Week.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact me.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jonathan Thompson, Chair
Government Affairs Committee, Keizer Chamber of Commerce
Cell: (503) 580-1294