Oregon Gubernatorial Election Trivia – Post-Primary

Now, here is some post-primary trivia. See http://lindholmcompanyblog.com/?p=3017 for some pre-primary trivia.

If Chris Dudley is elected Oregon’s Governor, he would be the first person elected Governor who had never held prior elective office since Charles Sprague’s election in 1938 – 72 years ago! Sprague was the Editor of the Salem Statesman-Journal at the time of his election.

The same point would have also held for Allen Alley, had he become the Republican nominee. Only John Lim, among the four major Republican candidates in the Primary, had held an elective office previously.

Before Sprague’s feat and since 1900, two attorneys, Oswald West in 1910 and Julius Meier in 1930, were elected without prior elective experience. However, both had shared law offices with prominent politicians and were their designated successors.

Experience has been important to voters outside of Oregon as well. Even in the somewhat wilder politics of California, few governors has been elected without previous statewide elective experience. There have only been two exceptions: Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger. (http://www.mercurynews.com/bay-area-news/ci_15050933) Both ran as anti-establishment outsiders. That piece of trivia, does bode well for Dudley.

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