May 17th is the second day of Filing Week in Washington State, but in Oregon and Idaho, today is Primary Election Day, with much at stake.
Readers, if you live in the Beaver State or the Gem State, it’s very, very important you exercise your civic duty today and vote.
Midterm cycles are when both Oregon and Idaho hold their gubernatorial elections in addition to elections for other statewide positions like Labor Commissioner (in Oregon) and Attorney General (in Idaho).
Oregon and Idaho use primaries to allow voters who wish to participate in party politics to decide who should represent the party they’re aligned with on the state’s general election ballot for federal, state, and local positions.
Here’s some background information on each state’s nominating event:
- Online Voters’ Guide 2022 Primary Election
- Guía del Elector en Línea
- Audio version of Voters’ Guide
- Open Offices
(Note that Idaho is not a universal vote-at-home state.)
Each state has several noteworthy intraparty contests on the ballot that voters will need to resolve. Here’s an overview of the Beaver State ones:
Among the hot races on Tuesday’s ballots: two open seats in Congress, created by the retirement of longtime Congressman Peter DeFazio in the 4th District and creation of a new 6th District due to population growth; a competitive race in the reshaped 5th Congressional District; an open race for the Republican and Democratic nominations for governor; a super-heated race between three candidates for a seat on the Portland City Council; races to decide the political balance of the Clackamas County Commission; contested races for district attorney in both Washington and Marion counties; unprecedented challenges to the chair of the Washington County Commission and the president of regional government Metro; the race to become Multnomah County’s first new county commission chair in eight years; and a big-money race for the open position of state labor commissioner.
This year’s elections in Idaho are among the most consequential in years. All statewide offices are up for election, including governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general and superintendent of public instruction. Additionally, all 105 seats in the Idaho Legislature are up for election this year.
Even though so many seats are up for election this year, that doesn’t mean every race on every primary election ballot is contested. Republicans have numerous contested statewide, congressional and legislative races to decide today.
On the other hand, Democrats aren’t running candidates in most legislative races this year, and there are no contested Democratic legislative primary races.
Once the initial results become available tonight, we’ll share some commentary and analysis here on The Cascadia Advocate. Happy voting!