In Oregon House District 10, Gomberg And Mcentee Are At Odds: The incumbent Democrat David Gomberg is running for a sixth two-year term in Oregon House District 10, and his opponent is Newport restaurant owner and first-time candidate, Republican Celeste McEntee.
The newly redesigned district stretches from Lincoln City through Florence and inland to Philomath, and both candidates claim they are the best suited to represent it.
Gomberg, who resigned from the kite-making company he created, said, “There are plenty of legislators working on issues like housing, child care, and crime.” But only one lawmaker is tackling the problems we face here on the seaside. I am responsible for seeing to it that our special requirements are met.
With just as little fluff, McEntee describes her bid for public office. During an interview with YachatsNews, she said, “I’m glad to tell you that I’ve gone out in the district talking to the residents, to the families that are truly hurting right now.” I’ve always hated politics, but I love my neighborhood too much not to do what I can to improve it.
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In Oregon House District 10, Gomberg And Mcentee Are At Odds
Gomberg’s campaign has received more money so far than his Republican rival’s. Public sector unions, construction trades, homebuilders, and realtors have given the most to his campaign, accounting for the bulk of the $225,000 he has raised so far.
According to campaign finance records maintained by the Oregon Secretary of State, the majority of McEntee’s $71,500 has come from organizations with ties to the Oregon Republican Party.
There is roughly a nine-point registration edge for Democrats in the district over Republicans. Jim Moore, associate professor of politics and government at Pacific University and lifelong observer of Oregon politics, gives Gomberg the nod partly because of his advantage in voter registration.
A “certain” Democrat column, he said. “And I don’t see Republicans doing much to modify that calculation at this moment.”
Moore remarked on the large amounts of money given to the candidate by the Republican Party, saying, “It’s interesting to me that they would give her so much money. Is it assumed that she has something to say? However, it is unlikely that this investment would yield a positive return.
McEntee has stated that the monetary disparity does not worry her. She assured me that she had no financial concerns. No amount of money could convince me that I’m not the ideal person for this position, so why should I run?
Both candidates have been actively campaigning or advertising, but Tuesday night at The Horn restaurant in Depoe Bay was their first public appearance together.
However, both McEntee and her son, Lincoln County commissioner candidate Carter McEntee, have avoided question-and-answer sessions. The Oregon Government Ethics Commission issued a formal warning to Celeste McEntee this past spring for failing to file required financial documentation on time, and a complaint was filed against her this week for making false assertions in a voters booklet.
When It Comes To Representing The District, Who Stands Out?
In addition, McEntee and Gomberg have argued frequently over who is best equipped to represent the district’s interests.
McEntee speculated that despite his wealth, his income did not come from the fishing industry, the forestry industry, or the farming industry. “I’m going to win because I have the backing of everyday people.”
To this, Gomberg pointed out that over two hundred people have donated anywhere from $10 to $1,000 to his campaign.
His campaign has received “my largest collection of contributions from folks who live in the district,” he said. “The variety there is so striking, you can’t help but be impressed by it.”
Gomberg claimed credit for bringing “significant” funds from state and federal infrastructure bills to his area. The sum includes $3 million for dock repairs in Depoe Bay, $4 million for water and sewer issues in Waldport, and $6.5 million for new home building in Lincoln County.
To ensure that “the infrastructure Oregon is investing is spent fairly in our area of the state” is one of his primary goals as a coastal legislator, he has said. “Our dedication to the specialized sectors that sustain the local economy has paid off handsomely.”
In addition, he emphasized his efforts to aid the reconstruction of Otis, his hometown, after the devastating Echo Mountain Complex wildfire of 2020.
Gomberg claimed that “one-third of the houses on my block were demolished.” About three weeks after the fire, we rushed to Salem to get to work on legislation to address the disaster.
He said that under the new law, homeowners in Otis would no longer be responsible for paying taxes on a home that had been destroyed by fire. One did away with excise taxes on building materials for homeowners who were renovating their principal residence.
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McEntee commended Gomberg’s efforts to aid those affected by the flames, but he said, “I’m pleased he assisted folks in the wildfires, but you know what? It is his responsibility to do so. The man volunteered for that.
She also mentioned her personal efforts to assist feed locals after restaurants were forced to close because of the Covid epidemic.
For 12 weeks, we fed the community, which benefited not only our staff but also the families we were able to help, as McEntee put it. After weeks of this, the state finally provided enough money to get our workers back to work.
McEntee has stated that she will seek a legislative freeze on the state corporate activity tax in Oregon, which is levied on businesses with annual revenue in excess of $1 million. Currently, only taxpayers with Oregon business income in excess of $1 million have a payment due.
“That’s a major problem for me,” she remarked. More companies are impacted by this than you might think. She also lists addressing mental health issues among the homeless as a high priority for the county.
“There is so much that needs to be done and done right now,” McEntee. Sadly, not enough people are taking the necessary steps on the right path. There will be a modification made.
At the end of his own argument, Gomberg declared, “I don’t live in red Oregon and I don’t live in blue Oregon. I have a purple Oregon home. When it comes to getting things done, I have a long track record as a moderate Democrat.