House District 20 includes rural and urban communities in Independence, Monmouth and portions of South and West Salem.
The candidates were previously challenged as well by Libertarian Taylor Rickey, who has since suspended his campaign due to family issues, as previously reported by the Statesman Journal. Rickey has backed Farrington since dropping out of the race.
Evans, a military veteran and community college educator, has spent nearly eight years in the Legislature. Entering his fifth term if re-elected, Evans said there is a lot of work that still needs to be done, especially when it comes to recovering from COVID-19 and the wildfires that have impacted so much of Oregon in recent years.
Fully funding K-12 education, better preparing students for jobs in Oregon’s workforce and reorganizing the state’s approach to college debt and post-secondary education investments are among Evans’ top priorities in education. His other priorities include addressing homelessness and addiction, protecting access to abortion and improving and providing resources for veterans.
Farrington, a small business owner and long-time coach, ran unsuccessfully 10 years ago for Salem’s House District 21. He has not run for office since.
Farrington is focusing his campaign, in part, on the economy and Oregon’s tax structure. He said he also wants the state to do more to support law enforcement and first responders, and he wants the government to act more thoughtfully when stewarding taxpayer dollars.
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If elected, Farrington said he hopes to increase addiction recovery support and mentorship programs. He also wants to see academic standards in K-12 schools raised and the removal of certain tax programs, including the 2019 Corporate Activity Tax.
Salem City Club organizers said attendees Oct. 21 will hear the candidates’ views on key issues and the solutions they would pursue if elected.
“Boundary changes due to redistricting in 2020 have changed the calculus for many races in Oregon, including this one,” organizers wrote in the event announcement. “This race has generated a lot of interest both inside and outside of the district.”
To register for the event, go to salemcityclub.com, click the tab that says “events,” then click “register” to reserve a spot. Meetings are free for members and $10 for nonmembers.
The event will be held at the Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St SE in Salem, in the Dye House.
Oregon’s general election is Nov. 8.