2016 Primary election notes

  • The Independent Party's 2016 Primary election was the largest third party nominating process in Oregon history, in terms of the number of voters participating.
  • IPO had 17 candidates filed with another 15 endorsed candidates (including 9 incumbents) seeking the party's nomination by write in.
  • More non-affiliated voters requested an IPO ballot than in any open primary in history (20,660).
  • IPO endorsed several write-in candidates for the IPO nomination in state legislative and local races.  Based on the candidates who have filed, the results of several of those races could have a significant impact on the fall ballot in legislative districts in southern and eastern Oregon. 

    Some of the write in candidates to watch include: Todd Kepple (SD 28) Klamath museum director, Tamie Kaufman (HD 1) Gold Beach city councillor, Al Switzer (HD 56) fmr Klamath county commissioner.