STATEMENT: Democratic Party of Oregon Chair Jeanne Atkins on results in BOLI, Congressional District 2 races
BEND — With the race for Oregon’s next BOLI Commissioner and the candidate to take on Greg Walden in Congressional District 2 chosen, Jeanne Atkins, Chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon, released the following statement this evening:
“Oregonians have chosen a true champion for workers in Val Hoyle as Labor Commissioner. She has a history of standing up for Oregonians and fighting for justice. Despite her opponents’ attempt to smear her character and distort her positions, voters saw through it and chose the best candidate for the seat. I am glad, but not surprised, to see her win outright and look forward to working with her on the campaign trail in the coming months.
“Our candidate for Congressional District 2, Jamie McLeod-Skinner, is exactly the sort of candidate who can take on Greg Walden and win. She’s won two prior campaigns and understands constituent service, unlike her opponent. She travelled the district tirelessly — the seventh-largest congressional district in the U.S. — meeting with people that have for two decades felt ignored by their current representative and who are ready for change.”
“In the last two decades, Greg Walden has become increasingly out of touch with voters in Congressional District 2. He’s been so eager to cozy up to the Trump administration, he’s failed to listen to the concerns and priorities of constituents. From his key role in the Republican quest to destroy the Affordable Care Act, to his support of repealing Net Neutrality as a favor to his big-money backers in the telecommunications industry, Walden is out of touch and it’s time he be held accountable. Democrats in Bend tonight want to make sure he hears this message loud and clear: It’s time to Repeal and Replace Greg Walden.”
“The DPO’s key grassroots outreach program continues to show solid results. Our Neighborhood Leader program knocked on more than 38,000 doors this election cycle and made more than 11,000 contacts. That’s 11,000 face-to-face conversations between Democratic activists and their progressive neighbors. This program and these relationships will be an important piece of our strategy to re-elect Governor Brown, grow legislative majorities, and turn Congressional District 2 Blue.”