Lori Chavez-DeRemer, a Republican, Flips an Oregon House Seat at the Republican Convention
The following has been edited to clarify that Lori Chavez-DeRemer (R-La Grande) won the primary, received the nomination and was confirmed by the Oregon House of Representatives as the new representative in District 12, not the former Representative in the same district.
I want to thank my family, my fellow Republican colleagues who endorsed me, my hardworking staff and my campaign volunteers in running an energetic campaign with the goal of defeating the incumbent Democrat, Bob Wattelet, who has been in the House of Representatives for twenty-five years. The citizens of District 12 have elected me to serve and I look forward to representing them.
It was an impressive win. In fact, I won by double digits. It was an effort that required patience and courage, because my name did not appear on the ballot until the primary. Even with the help of my volunteers and my campaign staff, it took me more than two months to find out that I won.
In the race for a seat that was vacated when the incumbent Representative, Bob Wattelet, retires, I ran a campaign focused on protecting our state’s economy and our way of life. I did that by championing what made Oregon great. I ran a campaign focused on keeping Oregon safe for our children, while also protecting the environment and strengthening families. I did that by championing what made Oregon great.
What I did not run a campaign about was what makes Oregon great.
The Democrats, who were running on a platform focusing on abortion, illegal immigration, amnesty and other social issues, went so far as to name a candidate for the Oregon Secretary of State’s office based on the fact that she doesn’t believe in the “traditional” marriage of one man and one woman.
The Democratic Party is not a party of “traditional” values. They are the Party of abortion, divorce and same sex marriage, and who I am running against believes in traditional marriage.
What I believed about the Oregon economy is what I believe about our safety for our children.
When I campaigned,