Democrats win supermajorities

Oregon Democrats won a supermajority of ⅗ in the senate. Voter turnout was about 60 percent, while it only reached approximately 49 percent in the last midterm elections in 2014. This increased rate of voter turnout should mean that Oregon’s government reflects the needs of its citizen. What does that mean in terms of policies?

Rob Wagner was re-elected senator of district 19, comprised of West Linn, Lake Oswego, Tualatin, Southwest Portland, Rivergrove, Durham, and the Stafford Hamlet. Wagner stands for improved sexual education, wide ranging healthcare access, and is pro-choice, according to his testimonials. He also describes himself as having a vested interest in the environment, and tax equality on his campaign website.

The Oregonian reports that taxes will likely increase under a Democratic majority, saying that it’s been a priority of the party in the past.

Democrats also took a supermajority in Oregon’s house of representatives in the midterm elections. While already holding a majority of 35:25 in 2016, Democrats advanced to hold 2/3’s of the house.

In district 37, Rachel Prusak was elected over Julie Parrish as state representative. Prusak advocates for affordable health care, and increased funding for education.

Parrish was the Republican candidate, and has been involved in Oregon politics since being elected as Deputy Leader for the House Republican caucus in 2010.

This could mean higher graduation rates and smaller class sizes, but it could also result in higher taxes in order to make this happen.

While many of Oregon’s representatives remained the same, Kate Brown was re-elected as governor, and Wagner as Senator. However, Prusak’s victory over Parrish could result in change.