Election Mixtape: December 6, 2021

The deadline for appeals on Oregon’s redistricting plan passed last week. As a result, we officially know what congressional and legislature districts look like for 2022. I’m planning a more in-depth piece around the redistricting process and its results, but in the meanwhile, here are a couple of key things to know:

Akasha Lawerence Spence will serve as senator for Oregon Senate District 18 through the end of 2022. County commissioners selected Lawerence Spence to take over the district after Ginny Burdick resigned in order to take a position on a state energy council. Two reasons to take note of the appointment: First, Lawerence Spence previously served out the remainder of Jennifer Williamson’s term as representative for Oregon House District 36 in 2020. Second, Lawerence Spence is currently running for Portland city commissioner against incumbent Dan Ryan.

In election law violation news, a Portland Police Bureau commander faces a fine of $225 for breaking state election laws in two separate incidents. Commander Erica Hurley promoted the recall or electoral defeat of Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt while in uniform and during working hours. As one local Twitter user, @tristan__isaac, noted, “The fine for a loose gutter is more severe than the one for violating elections law.”

By Thursday Bram

Thursday Bram founded PDX.Vote after making numerous zines, newsletters, and other media about politics in Portland, Oregon. Thursday has also written for publications ranging from Autostraddle.com to Entrepreneur Magazine. You can find more of Thursday's work at ThursdayBram.com.