United States Senator – Oregon Primary

Harry Hopkins readies ballots for mailing in Portland, Ore., Thursday, April 27, 2006. Oregon voters will vote by mail in the May 16 primary election.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Harry Hopkins readies ballots for mailing in Portland, Ore., Thursday, April 27, 2006. Oregon voters will vote by mail in the May 16 primary election.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Voters around the state of Oregon are already casting their ballots ahead of the May 20 primary election.

Most of the races are local issues on bonds and levies. Here is a look at one of the higher profile races.

All information compiled on the Oregon League of Women Voter’s website.

United States Senator

Qualifications: 
US Senator: The Constitution lists three requirements for any individual wishing to become a US Senator. A Senator must: 1. Be a US citizen for at least nine years when elected to the Senate. 2. Be at least 30 years of age. 3. Be a resident of the state that the Senator represents. Salary: $174,000. Term: 6 years.

Duties: Each state has two US Senators. Under Article I, Section 8 the Senate and House have equal responsibility for many issues such as: collecting taxes, borrowing money, minting currency, regulating commerce, establishing post offices, maintaining armed forces, declaring war and for making “all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the…powers vested by this Constitution…” However, there are certain powers which the Constitution gives to the Senate alone. Under Article II, the Senate has sole authority to confirm presidential nominations and to ratify treaties both by two-thirds vote. It also gives the Senate exclusive responsibility to try any impeachment initiated in the House.

Choose two candidates from below to compare.

Democratic candidates:
William Bryk
Pavel Goberman
Jeff Merkley, currently US Senator

Republican candidates:
Mark Callahan
Jason Conger
Tim Crawley
Jo Rae Perkins
Monica Wehby

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