The Independent Party of Oregon (IPO), the state's third-largest political party with over 75,000 members, has conducted a second round of candidate qualifications for its 2012 Primary Election. The party has previously qualified 16 candidates who have completed the application process. The second round has qualified an additional 12 candidates:
Caddy McKeown Dist 9
Andy Olson Dist 15
Betty Komp Dist 22
Manuel Castaneda Dist 28
Julie Parrish Dist 37
Patrick Sheehan Dist 51
Nathan Hovekamp Dist 54
Arnie Roblan Dist 5
Benton County Commission, Position 3: Betsy Close
Crook County Judge: Walt Wagner
Klamath County Commission, Position 1: Kirk Oakes
Linn County Commission, Position 2: Roger Nyquist
The Party will continue to receive candidate applications through June 14. Persons wishing to be candidates of the Independent Party of Oregon in the November 2012 general election should consult: http://www.indparty.com/candidates.
The Party earlier qualified Knute Buehler (R) and Kate Brown (D) to seek the IPO nomination for Secretary of State of Oregon and these candidates for the Oregon Legislature:
Nancy Brouhard Dist 9
David Gomberg Dist 10
Brian Clem Dist 21
Wynne Wakkila Dist 26
Jeff Barker Dist 28
Raymond Haija Dist 31
Carl Hostika Dist 37
Bill Kennemer Dist 39
Shemia Fagan Dist 51
Gary Coe Dist 14
Laurie Monnes Anderson Dist 25
Scott Hansen Dist 25
Tim Knopp Dist 27
Scott Roberts Dist 5
Other potential candidates have filed applications, which await (1) receipt of the applicable filing fee or (2) receipt of the required number of IPO member "Show of Support Petitions" or (3) additional scrutiny of candidate questionnaire answers by the IPO Caucus.
The IPO Caucus will announce additional qualifying candidates on or before June 16.
The IPO Election will be held from June 19 through July 17, 2012. Party members will be able to go to the party's web site and download a ballot that they can return via snail mail, email (scanned), or fax.
The offices eligible for this Primary Election are U.S. President, each of the 5 Oregon seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, 15 seats in the Oregon Senate, 60 seats in the Oregon House of Representatives, and several seats on county commissions that are elected on a partisan basis (as in these counties, for example: Baker, Benton, Deschutes, Gilliam, Jackson, Klamath, Lake, Linn, Malheur, Union, Wallowa).