Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley wants the Oregon Legislature to change the law so he can run for re-election and president at the same time.
Merkley, who is up for re-election in 2020, has been considering running for president for many months. But state election law prohibits anyone running for more than one "lucrative office" at a time. That means he will have to give up his Senate seat if he runs for president or is nominated for vice-president.
Although Merkley says he won't decide whether to run for president until next year, he told KOIN 6 News last week that the law should be changed. Willamette Week also reported Merkley has been quietly lobbying some legislators to do so.
"Oregon has never really addressed the issue because no one in recent memory has considered running," Merkley told KOIN 6 News. "A number of folks came to me, and also I raised the issue with some of the members of the Legislature to ask, is this something they would be interested in doing?" Merkley said.
Wheeler still raising funds
People are still contributing to Ted Wheeler's political action committee, even though the mayor repeatedly has said he hasn't yet decided whether to run for re-election in 2020.
In October, Wheeler reported receiving $14,500. Most of the contributions came from developers, with the largest being $5,000 from Holland Government Affairs, which is associated with Holland Development, which is based in Vancouver, Washington. The average contribution was just over $2,400.
Then again, Wheeler's campaign still has $50,000 in outstanding loans that it's still paying off.
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