The Oregon Republican Party will get a new leader next weekend who will get to take a fresh stab at putting the party on a path back to relevance.
The GOP hasn’t won a statewide race in a decade, controls just one of five congressional seats and is now in the minority in the House and Senate. The party didn’t recruit candidates willing to run for treasurer or attorney general last year.
Five candidates are running for chairman of the state GOP, and attention has focused largely on three of them: A former two-time congressional candidate from southern Oregon, a two-time legislative candidate from Portland and the Clackamas County GOP chairman.
They all agree that something has to change, that Republicans have to do a better job communicating their ideas to the voters.