The committees plan on traveling the state for public hearings prior to taking their plans to the Legislature during a special session scheduled to begin Sept. 20. The maps have to go to the Oregon Supreme Court by Sept. 27.
If the Legislature doesn’t get the job done in time, a complex plan involving the secretary of state, a special judicial panel and the state Supreme Court will take a shot at sorting out the map mess.
The tentative hearing schedule, with locations to be announced later:
Sept. 8 – Bend, 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 9 – Eugene, at 5:30 p.m.
Sept. 10 – Salem, 9 a.m.
Sept. 10 – Oregon City/North Clackamas County, 3 p.m.
Sept. 11 – Central Portland, 9 a.m.
Sept. 11 – Hillsboro/Beaverton, 3 p.m.
Sept. 13 – Oregon Capitol, 9 a.m. and 1 and 5:30 p.m.
Election 2022 nearing start: Candidates who want to run for major party and non-partisan offices in the May 2022 primary have to wait until at least Sept. 9 to officially declare their candidacy.
The 2022 elections feature an open governor’s seat for the first time since 2010. Also on the ballot: A U.S. Senate seat, six congressional seats, an Oregon Supreme Court judgeship, the state Bureau of Labor and Commissioner, plus at least half of state senate seats and all the state house seats. Added into the mix is a slew of local races: city councils, sheriffs, district attorneys, circuit court judges, county commissioners and more. The deadline to file for candidacy is March 10, 2022.