2015 Platform & Agenda

 
Independent Party 2015-2016 Platform
 

The Independent Party of Oregon favors reducing special interest influence over our government processes; increasing transparency in government, particularly with how our tax dollars are spent and how the public's business is conducted in Salem; protecting Oregon consumers, particularly with respect to banks, insurance companies and private utilities; providing incentives for small businesses to thrive and for larger businesses to expand in Oregon in a way that returns more benefits to the public than it costs.

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Secretary of State Makes Determination about IPO Ballot Line

AP - 4/20/2016 - Published in the Mail Tribune -  Gearing up for its first state-run primary election next month, the Independent Party of Oregon got some clarity this week about how it'll be allowed to pick a presidential nominee.

Registered members of the IPO, which became Oregon's third major party last year, will pick their presidential candidate of choice through a write-in on their ballots, but whoever claims the most votes in the state's May 17 primary won't necessarily get the party's nominee. Instead, party leaders can have the final say, under certain parameters, the Oregon Department of Justice said Monday.

2016 Candidates

< The Independent Party of Oregon (IPO) has fielded 18 candidates for public office in the state’s 2016 May Primary election, marking the first time since 1912 that a party other than the Democrats or Republicans will be allowed to participate in Oregon’s state primary election. State Lottery Commissioner, Chris Telfer, who joined IPO in 2015 and is among the highest profile of the IPO candidates, is running for State Treasurer. She previously served two terms in the Oregon Senate and on the Bend City Council. Cliff Thomason, head of the Oregon Hemp Growers Association, has filed for Governor. Thomason is chief petitioner on a ballot measure to allow greater local control of lottery dollars. Former State Representative Jim Thompson seeks the IPO nomination for the conservative Oregon House District 23. He was ousted in 2014 in a contested Republican primary by “Tea Party” challenger Mike Nearman, who was heavily backed by Oregon Right to Life and the Oregon Family Council. In House District 35, IPO candidate Jessica Cousineau, a moderately liberal education advocate and attorney who believes in school choice, is challenging Democrat Margaret Doherty, who prior to being appointed to the Legislature was a consultant to the Oregon Education Association union for 22 years. In House District 21, Alvin Klausen seeks the IPO nomination to challenging incumbent Brian Clem. Klausen, a former U.S. Marine, is owner of the Vagabond Brewing Company in Salem. In Gresham, Mt Hood Community College board member and local business owner Michael Calcagno is challenging Carla Piluso (D) in House District 50. Calcagno runs Calcagno Media, an award-winning video marketing firm. Sweet Home attorney Jeffrey Goodwin has filed to run in House District 17 against incumbent Sherrie Sprenger (R). Retired forester and co-founder of the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council, Fergus Mcean, has filed to run against Cedric Hayden (R) in House District 7 in Douglas and Lane counties. Portland community activist, Mike Langley, has filed to run for the open seat in House District 47 in outer Northeast Portland, just east of I-205. James Stubbs, a marketing and sales consultant, has filed to run against Rob Nosse in HD 42.The Independent Party of Oregon (IPO) has fielded 18 candidates for public office in the state’s  2016 May Primary election, marking the first time since 1912 that a party other than the Democrats or Republicans will be allowed to participate in Oregon’s state primary election.
  State Lottery Commissioner, Chris Telfer, who joined IPO in 2015 and is among the highest profile of the IPO candidates, is running for State Treasurer.

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