Published: May 18, 2022

A message from SEIU 503 Executive Director Melissa Unger: 

I want to begin by thanking all who helped elect pro-worker champions in Oregon’s May 17th primary election. Every door knocked, every call made, every text sent, and every share on social media helped voters know which candidates support working families. While Oregon’s new law that accepts ballots postmarked by Election Day means we likely won’t know the final results for some close races until next week, we have some big wins for candidates we support in key races! 

No race is more important for SEIU 503 members than Oregon Governor. Our members chose to endorse Tina Kotek, and Tina had a decisive victory in the primary earning over 55% of votes as of today! Christina Stephenson will likely enter a runoff after securing a commanding 47% of votes for Labor Commissioner. We helped Andrea Salinas overcome $13 million in crypto cash and out-of-state money to win the Democratic nomination for Congressional District 6. We also saw wins down the ballot from County Commissioner races to the Oregon Legislature.  

A series of errors has delayed Clackamas County’s vote tabulation and further set back the results of many races, including Jamie McCleod-Skinner who has an early advantage against Congressman Kurt Schrader. You can view updated election results here or by following our social media.  

November is not far off, and we are in a position to continue our success in the general election. But, for now, let’s feel good about yesterday’s victories and take a little time to relax before what could literally be a fight for our jobs and the future of our state. When November comes, we’ll be ready!