Tillamook County Republican Party Chairman Thomas Donohue has filed to run for Oregon House District 10, the seat currently held by Representative David Gomberg, a democrat who resides in Otis.
Donohue, whose name will be on the May primary ballot, cited Gomberg’s support of legislation that is raising Oregon’s minimum wage in steps over six years, beginning January 1, 2017.
In announcing his candidacy, Donohue said “For several years now, Rep. Gomberg has voted in lockstep with Portland politicians in support of an agenda that favors the desires of special interests over the needs of our community. In 2015, he supported a DEQ program that will increase our gas prices. Now in 2016 he voted for a drastic increase in the minimum wage that could have enormously negative consequences for our economy. I refuse to stand idly by while politicians put local jobs at risk in pursuit of a dangerous and Portland-focused agenda.”
Rep. Gomberg announced his support for the gradual higher minimum wage phase-in saying that the minimum wage has not kept up with inflation over the years and that no family, especially single parent families, should be forced into poverty while working full time.
A veteran of of Oregon’s Army National Guard, Donohue currently works as a technical analyst for the Oregon Lottery and volunteers as chair of the Tillamook County Republican Central Committee. He has previously served as chairman of the Pacific City Planning Advisory Committee, and currently serves as a director of the Pacific City Dorymen’s Association. He’s also a director of the Nestucca Valley Community Alliance.
House District 10 includes portions of Tillamook, Yamhill, Polk, Lincoln, and Benton Counties.