Meet The Candidates



Shemia Fagan

Mark Hass

Jamie McLeod-Skinner

Shemia Fagan

Civil Rights Attorney & State Senator
State Senator and Civil Rights attorney Shemia Fagan has earned the support of trusted leaders and progressive groups across Oregon. Fagan has fought to make sure working people have a chance at success, helping lead the successful effort to raise Oregon’s minimum wage and create paid family leave. When other Oregon politicians broke their promise to protect retirement security for teachers, nurses, and others, Shemia stood up to do the right thing for those who do so much for our communities. As Secretary of State, Shemia will protect the integrity of our elections, ensuring every vote counts and defending our elections from Trump’s attempts to suppress turnout.

Mark Hass

State Senator
Mark Hass is a state senator from Washington County. He has spent much of his legislative career working on Oregon’s tax structure and revenue issues. Before serving in the legislature, Hass spent 20 years as a journalist. When he's not serving in the Legislature, Hass works in the private sector as an account manager for Cappelli Miles, an advertising and brand identity firm.

Jamie McLeod-Skinner

Former Candidate for Congress
Jamie McLeod-Skinner is an attorney, small business owner, and natural resource consultant. Previously, McLeod-Skinner was the city manager of Phoenix, OR and an environmental and city planner in California. In 2018, she ran against U.S. Representative Greg Walden (OR-2). Although she lost by 17 percentage points, her campaign is credited with giving Walden his most competitive challenge since he took the office in 1998.

Shemia Fagan

Mark Hass

Jamie McLeod-Skinner

The Issues That Matter



Protecting Oregonian’s Rights

Organizations that defend reproductive freedom in Oregon.

Endorsing Organizations

Shemia Fagan
Mark Hass
Jamie McLeod-Skinner

Endorsing Organizations

Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon

Shemia Fagan
Mark Hass
Jamie McLeod-Skinner

National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League Oregon PAC

Shemia Fagan
Mark Hass
Jamie McLeod-Skinner

Emily's List

Shemia Fagan
Mark Hass
Jamie McLeod-Skinner

How does the Secretary of State protect Oregonian’s rights?

With Roe vs. Wade under attack at the federal level, it’s more important than ever that Oregon’s next Secretary of State will safeguard our initiative petition system from fraudulent attempts to limit access to abortion and reproductive care. All three candidates support the right to choose, but Fagan is the only candidate to receive endorsements from NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon and Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon.



Fighting for our children’s future

Organizations that represent Oregon teachers, educators, and support staff.

Endorsing Organizations

Shemia Fagan
Mark Hass
Jamie McLeod-Skinner

Endorsing Organizations

Oregon Education Association

Shemia Fagan
Mark Hass
Jamie McLeod-Skinner

American Federation of Teachers in Oregon

Shemia Fagan
Mark Hass
Jamie McLeod-Skinner

Oregon School Employees Association

Shemia Fagan
Mark Hass
Jamie McLeod-Skinner

How does the Secretary of State fight for our children’s future?

The Secretary of State has the power to audit Oregon Department of Education programs, ensuring tax dollars make it to the classroom and serve all students. The Secretary also serves on the State Board of Education as an Ex Officio member. In 2019, Fagan voted to send billions of dollars in investment to Oregon classrooms through the Student Success Act, and she voted to protect the retirement of teachers. Hass voted for and worked on the Student Success Act, but voted to cut retirement benefits for teachers and other school employees. McLeod-Skinner does not have a legislative voting record on public education.



Protecting Our Environment

Organizations that champion environmental protection in Oregon.

Endorsing Organizations

Shemia Fagan
Mark Hass
Jamie McLeod-Skinner

Endorsing Organizations

Oregon League of Conservation Voters

Shemia Fagan
Mark Hass
Jamie McLeod-Skinner

Sierra Club Oregon Chapter

Shemia Fagan
Mark Hass
Jamie McLeod-Skinner

How does the Secretary of State protect our environment?

The Secretary of State sits on the state land board, helping to oversee the management of millions of acres of public lands. Fagan has been endorsed by the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, with a 94% rating on their 2019 scorecard. OLCV gave Hass an incomplete, and in 2019 alone he voted against legislation to increase affordable housing options (HB 2001) and to delay a vote on legislation to reduce climate pollution (HB 2020). McLeod-Skinner has worked as an environmental planner and natural resources consultant. She has no legislative voting record.



Standing up for Working Oregonians

Organizations that represent working Oregonians in industries including healthcare, construction, first response, and more.

Endorsing Organizations

Shemia Fagan
Mark Hass
Jamie McLeod-Skinner

Endorsing Organizations

Oregon State Fire Fighters Council

Shemia Fagan
Mark Hass
Jamie McLeod-Skinner

Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste

Shemia Fagan
Mark Hass
Jamie McLeod-Skinner

Service Employees International Union Oregon State Council

Shemia Fagan
Mark Hass
Jamie McLeod-Skinner

The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations

Shemia Fagan
Mark Hass
Jamie McLeod-Skinner

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees

Shemia Fagan
Mark Hass
Jamie McLeod-Skinner

Joint Council of Teamsters No. 37

Shemia Fagan
Mark Hass
Jamie McLeod-Skinner

Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters

Shemia Fagan
Mark Hass
Jamie McLeod-Skinner

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon

Shemia Fagan
Mark Hass
Jamie McLeod-Skinner

How does the Secretary of State stand up for working Oregonians?

The Secretary of State audits programs that working families rely on — including Oregon’s Medicaid system, public school funding, and the state employment department. This office is also in charge of overseeing Oregon’s campaign finance system, ensuring everyday Oregonians have a voice in our elections. In 2016, Fagan championed a successful legislative push to raise Oregon’s minimum wage. During the 2019 legislative session, legislators faced a key vote on whether or not to protect the retirement promised to public employees. Fagan voted to protect the retirement of firefighters and other public employees and helped lead the successful effort to create paid family medical leave. Mark Hass voted to cut workers’ retirement. McLeod-Skinner does not have a legislative voting record on this issue.


What the Secretary of State Does



Elections

The Oregon Secretary of State is our chief elections officer, overseeing all facets of state elections: From publishing the Voter Pamphlet to managing Oregon’s campaign finance system to maintaining our voter rolls to drawing Oregon’s political boundaries. The office is also responsible for verifying signatures collected to qualify initiative petitions and referendums — as well as candidates — for Oregon’s ballot. The Secretary of State is central to making sure our elections are fair, transparent, and accessible.


Audits

The Oregon Secretary of State is responsible for auditing government agencies and programs, ensuring that public funds are spent as legally required and to the benefit of all Oregonians. These audits make recommendations about how to modernize and more effectively use taxpayer dollars, as well as shining a light on any mismanagement. The Secretary of State’s audit function is essential to protecting taxpayer dollars and ensuring government works for working families.


Public lands

The Secretary of State is one of three officials who sits on the state land board, which is responsible for the management of millions of acres of lands under state ownership. In the past, this board has been faced with tough decisions about how best to protect Oregon’s natural resources. The board also oversees the Common School Fund — which provides hundreds of millions in funding for Oregon public schools — and the state lands dedicated to providing revenue for the fund.


Corporate and Business Oversight

The Secretary of State oversees the Business Services and Corporation Divisions. In addition to managing a database housing business registrations and renewals, the Secretary of State also oversees a Small Business Ombudsman that helps small businesses to navigate rules and regulations and interactions with state agencies. Additionally, the Corporation Division verifies documents for businesses and helps people to become a notary public.


Public records

The Secretary of State oversees the Archives Division, which is responsible for the management and preservation of legislative records, Governors’ records, state agency records, and other vital documents. The office also publishes the Oregon Blue Book, an annual publication that lays out facts at all levels of government – including state geography, history, and laws.