Additional candidates for U.S. Senate

April 23, 2014

While Monica Wehby and Jason Conger appear more frequently in media coverage, there are three other Republican candidates also.
Mark Callahan is an information technology consultant and a graduate of Oregon State University, now living in Salem.  His website is at
His Issue statement on immigration follows:
• Immigration: Enforce Existing Laws; Secure the Borders; Work on Stopping Illegal Immigration; Say No to Amnesty:
The issue of illegal immigration has been a major topic for many years in America. When blanket amnesty was granted in 1986, it created a message that spread across the world. The message became “the welcome mat is out in America with no repercussions”. For over two decades this problem of illegal immigration has been compounded by having porous borders and lack of enforcement.
As we are a nation of laws, I believe we should enforce our current immigration laws. With our current high rate of unemployment, and American families already struggling to make ends meet in our troubled economy, it makes no sense to add millions of those here illegally to the work force. If elected, I will fight to do what is best for American families, while keeping us safe by advocating for complete border security. We must get our arms around this issue before irreparable damage is done.
You can contact Mark by email at
This page on his website,, includes dates and places where candidate forums will be held for U.S. Senate candidates.
See his answers to immigration questions in the Oregon Abigail Adams Voter Education Project questionnaire at end of this message.  Callahan is the only Republican candidate responding to the questionnaire who agrees with OFIR’s position opposing the granting of automatic citizenship to U.S.-born children of illegal aliens.
Mark Callahan completed NumbersUSA’s candidate survey and on that basis is rated a True Reformer.  Please visit NumbersUSA’s candidate comparison chart at  http://www/; click Candidate Comparisons on the homepage, or click Congress – Elections – Candidate Comparisons.
Timothy Crawley’s website is at  He is a native Oregonian and a Portland lawyer.  His website contains a section on “Prorities” but there is no mention of immigration.  Read more about him at:  His email address is and you might point out to him that immigration is an important subject to many voters.
Jo Rae Perkins, of Albany, shows a long record of community and public service on her website at:   Email address:
From Perkins’ statements on immigration posted on her website:
Immigration laws need to be updated and streamlined. Enforcement of current laws must be enforced. If the Federal Government is not willing to enforce the laws and protect the borders of the United States, the States Governments should then be able to protect their borders. Jo Rae does not support a pathway to citizenship for illegal residents. However, she is not calloused and cold hearted. For those who have lived in the U.S. in excess of 30 years and meet certain criteria, permanent residence could be offered; not citizenship. If these long-term illegal residents desire citizenship no matter how long they have lived in the U.S., it will be necessary for them to return to their homeland and seek legal entry.
Immigration S744.  [To read the statement on S.744, please visit her website at:
Oregon Abigail Adams Voter Education Project
The Oregon Abigail Adams Voter Education Project circulates questionnaires to Oregon candidates, using different sets of questions for the different offices.  Here are the questions related to immigration included in the 2014 questionnaire for U.S. Senate candidates:
19.  Do you support requiring all employers to verify employee eligibility to work in the Untied States?  [OFIR position – Yes]
20.  Do you support securing the borders before any form of amnesty is legalized?  [OFIR position – Yes]
21.  Do you support spending public funds to benefit illegal immigrants?  [OFIR position – No]
22.  Do you support automatic citizenship to children born in the U.S. when both parents are not legal residents?  [OFIR position – No]
Five candidates for U.S. Senate responded to the questionnaire:  3 Republicans and 2 Democrats.  Some respondents to the questionnaire added comments to their Yes or No replies.  Please visit the website to see full information:
Here are the answers of the Republican Party candidates for U.S. Senate who responded to the Abigail Adams questionnaire.
Callahan (R) – 19, yes; 20, yes; 21, no; 22, no.
Crawley (R) –  19, no; 20, yes; 21, no; 22, yes.
Perkins (R) –   19, yes; 20, yes; 21, no; 22, yes.
Here are the answers of the Democratic Party candidates for U.S. Senate who responded to the Abigail Adams questionnaire.
William Bryk (D) –          19, yes; 20, yes; 21, no; 22, yes
Pavel Goberman (D)  –    19, yes; 20 yes; 21, no; 22, no
All respondents except Crawley said Yes to question 19, on verifying eligibility to work.  All five respondents said Yes to question 20 on securing borders first, and said No to 21 on spending public funds to benefit illegal immigrants.    Question 22 on birthright citizenship shows that only Callahan and Goberman share the OFIR position opposing automatic citizenship to children born in the U.S. when both parents are not legal residents.
Democratic Party Candidates for U.S. Senate 
in addition to Incumbent Senator Jeff Merkley
William Bryk is a resident of Brooklyn NY.   See article about his simultaneous candidacy in Oregon, Alaska, and Idaho at: 
Pavel Goberman, of Beaverton, has been a frequent candidate, running for various offices over the past 10 years.  As reported in The Oregonian in 2012 when Goberman was running for Mayor of Beaverton, he has “unsuccessfully sought election to offices including the First Congressional District, the state Legislature, state labor commissioner and Beaverton School Board.”   He is now retired from his business as a physical fitness advocate.  See his campaign website at:  Email address:
A write-in candidate for U.S. Senate, Paul Weaver (D), has completed NumbersUSA’s candidate questionnaire and is rated a True Immigration Reformer.  Weaver lives near Toledo in Lincoln County.  His website is at  It contains an Issues section with paragraphs on Immigration.
See his answers to the NumbersUSA questionnaire at  In right-hand column menu, click Candidate Comparisons, then Oregon, then 2014 Oregon U.S. Senate Race. 
includes quotes from Weaver that appear inconsistent with his answer to question 1 (about  amnesty) on the NumbersUSA questionnaire:
“On immigration he says the U.S. government should put illegal immigrants that are already here and working, on a pathway to citizenship.  
“If a person has a job, give him a green card and let him stay with his wife and kids,” says Paul. “As long as they are law abiding, let them stay. This nation is built on immigration.” 
The question on amnesty is the first one in the NumbersUSA questionnaire.  It says:  1.) Oppose Amnesty?  Do you OPPOSE offering the officially estimated 11 million people illegally in the U.S. a path to U.S. citizenship and/or long-term work permits (whether through a blanket amnesty or an "earned legalization" or other form)?   Weaver replied Yes. 
To view the NumbersUSA candidate questionnaire, visit the homepage at:  Click on Congress – Elections – under Congressional, click View Congressional Elections – underneath map of U.S., click on link “download the PDF.”