Senate District 20

October 19, 2014
The candidates for Senate in District 20 are Alan Olsen (R), incumbent, of Canby, and Jamie Damon (D), of Eagle Creek.
ALAN OLSEN was elected to the Oregon Senate in 2010 and is now completing his first term of 4 years.  In addition to his work in the legislature, he is a general contractor and small business owner building homes and structures across Oregon. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving from 1969 to 1971.
In 2011, he voted No on Senate Bill 742 granting instate tuition to illegal aliens.  The bill passed the Senate but failed in the House.  In March 2013 he voted No on HB 2787 granting instate tuition to illegal aliens.  This bill passed both chambers and became law.  OFIR worked hard to stop the bill but solid Democratic majorities forced the bill through.  They were joined by 5 House Republicans and 3 Senate Republicans.  No Democrats voted against the bill.
In April 2013, Senator Olsen voted No on SB 833, the bill granting driver cards to illegal aliens, which is now the subject of a citizens’ veto referendum, Ballot Measure 88.  He also voted No on HB 4054, the bill to change the Ballot title to wording more favorable to supporters of SB 833.
His campaign website is at  He gives email and postal addresses at:
JAMIE DAMON maintains a campaign website at  It contains a Priorities section with no mention of immigration.
She was appointed to the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners in 2011 and served until 2013.  Her website states that she “has worked as a mediator and facilitator with individuals, citizen groups and all levels of government to guide individuals and groups through controversial and highly contentious situations.”  There is little information given about the particular projects involved.
An article in the Oregon Catalyst, Sept. 6, accuses her of not reporting income received from work as a state bureaucrat over the last year on an ethics disclosure form required of all state candidates.  See:
Lacking any statement on immigration issues, and citing Sen. Wyden and Rep. Kurt Schrader among her main supporters, it’s reasonable to assume that Jaime Damon would follow the Democratic Party leadership on immigration issues, meaning she would vote for amnesties, continued very high levels of legal immigration, benefits to illegal aliens, and lax or no enforcement of the immigration laws.