OPB's 2018 Midterm Election Ballot Guide

By OPB Staff (OPB)
Portland, Ore. Oct. 25, 2018 1 p.m.

Voters across Oregon are filling out ballots for the 2018 midterm elections.

Below we've highlighted coverage on the governor's race and statewide measures to add context to a few major issues on the ballot.


RELATED: Live Oregon and Washington 2018 midterm election results.


At a glance: In a reliably blue state, in the throes of an election year where pundits are predicting a "blue wave," the race between incumbent Democrat Gov. Kate Brown and State Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend is considered competitive. If Buehler wins, he'll be the first Republican to hold the seat since 1987.

Read our profile of Knute Buehler, who says he's a different kind of Republican.

"I'm really running to be your next governor for a very, very simple reason," he tells the group. "To fix the big problems in Oregon that have been avoided, ignored and, quite frankly, made a lot worse by Gov. Brown over the last four years."

Our profile on Gov. Brown asks: Can she sell Oregonians on her vision for the state?

My leadership style is not in pounding a table and striding into a room and saying, 'This is what we're going to do,'" Brown said. "Because I think that public policy developed through consensus and collaboration — through people really wrestling through the gives and takes — is much more resilient."

In our look at Independent Party of Oregon candidate Patrick Starnes, he says campaign finance reform is his priority.  Note: Patrick Starnes suspended his campaign and asked supporters to instead back Gov. Kate Brown's re-election.

"Almost any issue that you talk about — health care reform, education reform, PERS reform, even the environment — with all those large donors controlling the debate and financing these campaigns, we can't have an open, honest discussion," he said.

Here's where the major candidates stand on the following issues: Capital Punishment | Climate Change | Health Care | Housing And Homelessness | ImmigrationPERS


Four of the five measures were placed on the ballot through signature drives. They are all constitutional amendments and could face an uphill battle to passage.

Measure 102 is a state constitutional amendment that would allow cities and counties to use bonds to fund privately owned affordable housing.

Measure 103 is a state constitutional amendment barring taxes on food and nonalcoholic beverages.

At a glance: The measure would wall off a segment of Oregon businesses from future tax increases. Advocates say it's about cheap food. Opponents say it's unnecessary and risky. Read more.


Measure 104 is a state constitutional amendment expanding the kinds of revenue-increasing measures that require a three-fifths vote of the legislature.

At a glance: Should it be more difficult for the state Legislature to raise taxes and fees? Read more.

Measure 105 repeals the sanctuary state law that limits the use of state and local law enforcement resources for detecting or apprehending persons who are suspected only of violating federal immigration laws.

At a glance: Should Oregon keep the state's 31-year-old sanctuary law? Read more.

Measure 106 is a state constitutional amendment to prohibit state funding for abortions in most cases.

At a glance: Oregon's long support for abortion rights is being tested on November's ballot by a group of determined activists pushing an initiative to prohibit state funding for most abortions. Read more.

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