House Republicans Poised to Win Majority in 2012

Promote Oregon Leadership PAC (Oregon House Republicans)

SALEM– House Republicans begin the 2012 election season with 29 returning members and several opportunities to gain seats and win the majority in the Oregon House of Representatives. In total, Republicans will run in 57 House races.

“Last election, House Republicans defied the pundits by breaking the Democratic supermajority and gaining six seats to earn a historic tie,” said House Republican Leader Kevin Cameron (R-Salem). “With 30 seats, we promoted private sector job creation, controlled government spending, and reformed our education system. Our returning members will offer a strong case for re-election, while our new candidates will focus on the issues that matter to Oregonians.”

House Republicans will field candidates in all competitive districts, including those in several seats that are being vacated by Democrats. Some of the Republican pick-up opportunities include- but are not limited to:

HD 9 (Open): Nancy Brouhard, registered nurse and small business owner
HD 10 (Open): Jerome Grant, small business owner
HD 12 (Open): Joe Pishioneri, city counselor, Sheriff Deputy, business owner
HD 14: Dwight Coon, Eugene parks specialist; former Junction City Mayor
HD 21: Dan Farrington, small business owner
HD 22: Kathy LeCompte, small business owner
HD 28: Manuel Castaneda, small business owner
HD 31: Lew Barnes, small business owner
HD 34: Dan Mason, Community Manager
HD 40 (Open): Steve Newgard, small business owner

“Many of our new candidates are small business owners who understand what it takes to create jobs and grow our economy,” Rep. Cameron said. “By gaining at least one seat, House Republicans will win the majority and continue efforts to promote the private sector and reform Oregon state government.”