Oregon Republican Party selects Bill Currier for third term as chair. Challenger Sam Carpenter loses

OPB PHOTO - Bill Currier, chairman of the Oregon Republican Party, prepares to announce Oregon's votes during the roll call at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland on July 19, 2016.The Oregon Republican Party re-elected Bill Currier as its chair Saturday at an organizational meeting in Keizer.

This will be Currier's third term as chair; he was first elected for the two-year position in 2015, then re-elected in 2017.

Currier's challenger was former gubernatorial candidate Sam Carpenter, who lost to Knute Buehler in the 2018 primary election.

Carpenter is known for his conservative politics and proud support of President Donald Trump — even making his campaign slogan for the governorship "Make Oregon Great Again."

Currier is also the mayor of Adair Village, a small town in Benton County. Currier said he felt confident in his party's support leading up to the election.

"As the incumbent, I had sort of a natural advantage in that I knew the delegates, who were essentially the leadership of various counties in Oregon, and so having that relationship with them gave me an advantage," Currier said. "But I think that what gave us confidence was the fact that as we talked to people as we were campaigning, they agreed with our approach to how the party should proceed."

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