Are the Democrats trying to kill third parties in Oregon?

SALEM - 2/10/2016 -  The Independent Party of Oregon scored a major ally in the party's effort to protect ballot access for third parties in Oregon this week, when all twelve of Oregon's Senate Republicans sent a letter to Senate President Peter Courtney (D), asking him to take steps to ensure that the Independent Party and several of Oregon's minor parties would not lose ballot access as a result of the state's new "Motor Voter" law.

State Lottery Commissioner Chris Telfer has announed Independent Party bid for State Treasurer

"We are thrilled to have someone as well-respected and highly qualified as Chris Telfer as our first announced candidate, said party secretary, Sal Peralta.  "She has a strong record in public service.  With her experience as a successful small business owner, a cpa, state lottery commissioner, Bend city councilor and state senator, she is certainly the most qualified of the announced candidates for state treasurer.  We look forward to supporting her efforts throughout the campaign."