By Raymond Rendleman
Posted on Clackamas Review on 03/07/18
Republican Happy Valley mayor lost 2016 race against freshman legislator 51 to 49 percent
Happy Valley Mayor Lori Chavez-DeRemer announced she is running again for the Oregon House District she narrowly lost in 2016. Democrat Janelle Bynum won her first term in the November 2016 election, beating Republican Chavez-DeRemer 51 to 49 percent. During the recent legislative session, Bynum sponsored the “Equifax bill,” expanding consumer protections for Oregonians, and the Student Voice & Transparency Act, establishing a tuition advisory council to give students a larger voice in the process if a university requests a tuition increase over 5 percent.
Chavez-DeRemer’s decision to run for HD51 means that she will be stepping down at the end of her term as mayor on Dec. 31, because she can’t run for both seats at once. She announced her candidacy on the March 6 deadline for filings with the following statement:
“House District 51 deserves a voice in the Legislature. I am committed to the people of House District 51 and to our state, and that’s why I am standing up and accepting the challenge. I was asked to step up, shown there is a pathway to victory and to help give House District 51 the voice we deserve, that we do not have right now under Representative Bynum’s failed leadership.
“I am running to take my record of standing up for our community, our values and our hopes, to the Statehouse, where left-wing special interests dictate policies through bought politicians like Representative Janelle Bynum. We need people in the Legislature who will stand up to the status quo, not perpetuate it for personal gain. Our state is among the worst in the nation for education, mental health, fiscal security in our pension system, the list goes on. It doesn’t have to be that way. Unfortunately, under the governor and one-party rule, the system has become broken.
“I believe in the Oregon Way. We have so many different cultures and perspectives in Oregon and I’m running to advocate for a more equitable, fairer, inclusive system. I am running to end the status quo and fight for a better future for all Oregonians.”