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Post wins easily


Primary election — The radio talk show host will face Independent Chuck Lee in the fall election

Conservative radio talk show host Bill Post of Keizer walked away with the Republican nod in the primary election last week for the House District 25 spot.

Results of the mail-in election had Post garnering 4,588 (77.40 percent) of the vote to 1,309 (22.08 percent) for Barbara Jensen. As a result, Post will advance to the fall general election to face Independent Chuck Lee in the contest to replace House District Kim Thatcher, who ran unopposed in the Republican primary for the Senate District 13 spot being vacated by state Sen. Larry George.

Post was taken aback by the distance between himself and Jensen in the race. “I thought we’d win, but not by that margin,” he said, adding that he thought his message appealed to the electorate. “My values, the things I talked about, aligned and resonated with the voters in the district. My team and I worked very hard to contact every Republican voter personally.”

Jensen attributed Post’s victory to a trio of factors: Post’s position at the top of the ballot, name recognition through his radio show and starting her campaign late in the primary season.

“A campaign that gets a late start must either take a negative approach or continually be on defense,” she said. “My pledge to run a positive campaign prevented me from aggressively addressing many of the accusations leveled against me.”

In hindsight, Jensen said her campaign strategy, which featured few roadside signs, may not have served her well. “The campaign thought it best to concentrate on phone calls, door visits and informative mailers, but these approaches, in retrospect, appear ineffective for the constituency of House District 25.”

Post’s strategy in the fall will be much the same as in the primary: “I am going to continue to talk to the individual voters in my district and ask for their vote.”

No doubt included in those conversations will be issues important to the three towns that make up the bulk of House District 25 votes: Newberg, St. Paul and Keizer. Post said the priorities to district voters are clear: “My top priority will be unleashing our communities’ job-creating potential, holding the line on taxes, getting rid of job (killing) regulations and eliminating barriers to opportunities for the average citizen in my district.”

Post added that the edict he will carry to the Legislature, should he be elected in November, will be “As always, balancing the budget, safety, roads, education, but also this time the mess that is Cover Oregon.”

Did the experience sour Jensen on politics or would she contemplate a future run for office? “This experience has opened my eyes to the challenges for a problem solver to be elected to office,” she said. “Qualifications of a candidate are secondary to their ability to aggressively compete for the office. I would be willing to run again if candidates were judged through their serious problem-solving discussions rather than hyperbole and personal attack.”

Jensen added that even though she is retired, she received “several very good offers from both government and private organizations. For now, I plan to take some time off, travel and chart my future path.”