The following is a summary of recommendations The Register-Guard has made to voters for the May 18 primary election. The editors are fallible human beings who stand an average chance of being wrong. However, these recommendations are made after sincere appraisals of the choices on the ballot.
No recommendations are listed in uncontested races. An archive of news articles and editorials relating to the election can be reviewed at www.registerguard.com.
Federal office
U.S. House, 4th District, Republican: Court Boice. Of the five candidates for the GOP nomination, only Boice has experience in elective office.
U.S. House, 4th District, Democrat: Peter DeFazio. The longest-serving House member in Oregon history is seeking his party’s nomination for a 17th term against token opposition.
State offices
Governor, Republican: Knute Buehler. In a crowded GOP field, state Rep. Buehler has experience and an ability to reach across party lines.
Governor, Democrat: Kate Brown. The incumbent governor deserves her party’s nomination for a full four-year term.
Commissioner, Bureau of Labor and Industries: Val Hoyle. The former Eugene legislator has a balanced view of the bureau’s responsibilities to both business and labor.
Oregon Supreme Court, Position 3: Meagan Flynn. The appointed incumbent is well-prepared and has strong support in the legal community.
Oregon Court of Appeals, Position 10: Rex Armstrong. The court’s senior justice has the experience and breadth of vision the position requires.
State Senate, District 6, Republican: Christine Ruck. She has the analytical ability and pragmatism to challenge Democratic incumbent Lee Beyer.
State Representative, District 9, Democrat: Caddy McKeown. The incumbent is a productive legislator and a swing vote in the Democratic caucus.
State Representative, District 11, Republican: Mark Herbert. A moderate candidate has a chance in this diverse district, and his opponent is unacceptably extreme.
State Representative, District 11, Democrat: Marty Wilde. His varied life experience and record of public service make him a superior candidate.
Lane County offices
Lane County Commissioner, West Lane District: Jay Bozievich. He’s a conscientious and hard-working member of the county board.
Lane County Commissioner, Springfield District: Joe Berney. A varied background in business development makes the political newcomer an appealing choice.
Lane County Commissioner, East Lane District: Heather Buch. Her experience in business and social services would be useful in county government, as would her fresh perspective.
Eugene offices
Eugene City Council, Ward 3: Alan Zelenka. He’s a productive member of the council, and better equipped than his opponents to serve his ward.
Eugene City Council, Ward 5: Mike Clark. The incumbent brings a contrarian’s view and a deep understanding of city issues to the council.
Eugene Water & Electric Board, At-large: Mindy Schlossberg. She’s the best-rounded candidate in a field of three.
Eugene measures
Measure 20-283: No. The measure would create an elected city auditor’s office — a potentially fruitful idea, but the proposal goes too far in terms of expense and not far enough in terms of accountability,
Measure 20-287: No. The Eugene City Council’s alternative to Measure 20-283 would create an appointed auditor’s position. The council muddied the waters by placing this proposal on the ballot.
Measure 20-288: Yes. The measure would authorize a five-year, $3.1 million property tax levy for park maintenance.
Measure 20-289: Yes. The measure would authorize a 20-year, $39.3 million bond measure for capital improvements and renovations in city parks and recreation facilities.