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Approximately 80,000 Washington County voters were impacted by the mistake. 

COURTESY PHOTO: - The Secretary of State's office made a mistake impacting around 80,000 voters in Washington County.

Some Washington County voters will be receiving a supplementary Voters' Pamphlet ahead of the May primary due to an error by the Secretary of State's Office, which the first time around omitted from the literature four incumbent House candidates: Rep. Courtney Neron, D-Wilsonville, Rep. Dacia Grayber, D-Portland, Rep. Susan McLain, D-Forest Grove, and Rep. Maxine Dexter, D-Portland.

"The error occurred during the Voters' Pamphlet design process. The Elections Division submitted complete information to the designer. However, the designer omitted the four candidate statements, and the Elections Division failed to catch the omissions before approving the final proof," Secretary of State's Office spokesperson Ben Morris said in a news release. "Secretary of State Shemia Fagan takes full responsibility and deeply regrets these inadvertent omissions. No fault lies with the county or the impacted candidates."

Morris added that Fagan learned of the error in a "late-night phone call" before fact-checking the rest of the pamphlet and finding no further mistakes.

According to the Washington County Elections Office, approximately 80,000 Washington County voters were impacted by the mistake.

"Printing a supplementary Voters' Pamphlet is the only fair and reasonable solution," McLain said.

The candidate statements include a bio, priorities and a list of endorsements. Morris said in the news release that additional staff will proof the pamphlets for the November general election and beyond.

"I am disappointed to learn that our statements were left out of the original printing, but I appreciate that a corrected pamphlet will be mailed to impacted households," Neron said. "I urge elections officials to ensure that this is not an issue in the future."

None of the candidates whose statements were omitted are facing a primary challenger, perhaps easing tensions over the mistake.

"The voter pamphlet statement is a great way for voters to be more informed, so of course it's disappointing to have inadvertently been left out of the guide in Washington County. While that was an unfortunate error, I have every faith that the secretary's office will still get voters the full information they need in time for the election," Grayber said. "I loving living in a state that deeply values election integrity."

The Secretary of State's Office said the supplemental pamphlets will go out by April 28.

Registered Washington County voters will begin receiving their ballots Wednesday, April 27.

The deadline to register to vote in the primary election is midnight Tuesday, April 26.

To register, visit WashCoVotes.org or call the Washington County Elections Office for assistance at 503-846-5800.

Below are snippets from each candidate's statement. They can be found in full in English and Spanish at OregonVotes.gov.

Rep. Susan McLain

Occupation: Retired Teacher, State Representative

Occupational Background: Glencoe High School Teacher, Speech and Debate Instructor

Educational Background: B.S., Oregon College of Education

Prior Governmental Experience: Metro Councilor, 1991-2006, State Representative 2015-present

"State Representative Susan McLain spent 42 years teaching students and raising her children in our community. As someone who lives in Forest Grove, goes to church in Cornelius, and taught in Hillsboro, she knows Western Washington County well."

Rep. Dacia Grayber

Occupation: Professional Firefighter/Paramedic, State Representative

Occupational Background: Emergency Management, EducatorEducational Background: B.S., Homeland Security/Emergency Management, Concordia University; Columbia University

Prior Governmental Experience: West Portland Town Center Citizen Advisory Group, Oregon Seismic Policy Advisory Committee, PCP

"As a firefighter and paramedic and your representative in Salem, I have the honor of serving our community in many ways. These past two years have brought new meaning to our collective challenges. As your representative, I'm proud of the work we're doing together to help meet these challenges — and to rebuild from them."

Rep. Courtney Neron

Occupation: State Representative

Occupational Background: High School French/Spanish Teacher

Educational Background: Pacific University, MAT; University of Oregon, BA; Tigard High School

Prior Governmental Experience: State Representative

"As a parent and educator, I understand how difficult the past few years have been for families, individuals, and community well-being. I remain focused on rebuilding and investing in a healthy, safe future for all Oregonians to thrive. I ask for your support to continue serving on behalf of our shared values."

Rep. Maxine Dexter

Occupation: State Representative; Pulmonary and Critical Care Physician

Occupational Background: Chair, Board of Directors, Northwest Permanente Medical Group

Educational Background: University of Washington, B.A., M.D.; University of Colorado, Certificate of Public Health

Prior Governmental Experience: Chair, House COVID-19 committees; member, Healthcare and Judiciary Committees; PPS Advisory Committee

"As a parent and a physician, I will continue to fight for a future where every Oregonian has the ability to live a healthy life, in a healthy community, on a healthy planet."


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