Ben Cannatti and Ford O'Connell

Like many smart candidates this year, Brewer focused on jobs and the economy as the first priority when announcing her candidacy: “As an accountant, I understand how decisions made in Salem can affect Oregon's businesses and workers. Oregon lost over 148,000 jobs over the past year, yet the Legislature increased spending, approved job-killing tax increases and passed measures that are hurting our struggling employers and their employees. I'm running because Oregonians need new leaders and new perspectives in Salem.”

Brewer’s challenger—Democratic nominee Katie Riley —should sound familiar to Oregon voters as she is married to outgoing incumbent Representative Chuck Riley who is currently seeking a seat in the Oregon Senate. While Katie Riley’s name ID might have been an attractive to voters when she entered the race, voter discontent might prove it to be an albatross come November.

In a year when voters seem receptive to the message of righting the balance of government power and clipping the wings of incumbents, Brewer has a double-barreled message against her opponent, painting Riley as a political insider tied to the incumbent team and providing voters the opportunity to provide more conservative voices within the Beaver State’s House of Representatives and usher in commonsense conservative policies of lower taxes and smaller government.

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Ben Cannatti and Ford O'Connell

Ben Cannatti is Political Director of the Republican State Leadership Committee. Ford O'Connell is the co-founder of ProjectVirginia.