Sipping a Beer Reflecting on Election Night
I'm sitting here at the OLCV office, 10:15 p.m. election night. We've just sent out our election night press release.
I'm sipping a beer. Okay, gulping a bit. After all the tension of putting in months and months of work, you suddenly have results. I can actually feel the tension leaving my back -- and not just because the alcohol is entering my blood.
All in all, a great night. Of the 10 races we targeted in the primary with financial resources, we won 8. Of the 3 races where we combined people power with financial resources to target incumbents for defeat, we won 2. Anytime you defeat an anti-environment incumbent, i'ts a big deal, since so few incumbents lose.
I'm most delighted that Anna Morrison will no longer serve on the Lane County Commission. She had the dubious honor of scoring 0% on 3 consecutive OLCV Lane County Commission Scorecards. We were the largest contributor to her opponent, Bill Fleenor (other than Bill's own donations). We talked to more than 6,000 voters. In the end, he crushed her with 62% of the vote.
Laura Tesler's defeat of Jim Randall is also really sweet. We not only defeated an awful developer-backed incumbent who scored 16% on our Salem City Council Scorecard, but Tesler is a fisheries biologist who'll be a true environmental champion. Indeed, she volunteered on our Marion County steering committee before jumping in the race in February.
You can read the full results here.
Now a few days to relax, then onto the general election, where we have more local city/county races to fight and the opportunity to elect a pro-environment Legislature.