City Club invites Salemites to mull election results at Friday talk

As final ballot counts trickle in, the Salem City Club is offering a venue on Friday to digest the Nov. 8 election results.

Political scientist Ed Dover is slated to give a talk reflecting on local, statewide and national races in the Dye House at the Willamette Heritage Center, 1313 Mill St S.E.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. on Friday for the in-person event, entitled “Winners and Losers: Making Sense of the 2022 Midterm Election Results.” The talk is scheduled for noon to 1:30 p.m. 

Attendance is free for City Club members and $10 for non-members. People can register online to attend the event.

With most races effectively settled, the state Legislature will have a more conservative delegation – including Salem’s legislators – breaking the Democratic supermajority in both chambers. But the election results across Oregon fell short of red wave Republicans had hoped for, with Democrat Tina Kotek winning the governor’s seat. 

In Marion County, voters elected a new circuit court judge in a rarely contested race and re-elected two Republican county commissioners.

Dover for 30 years was a professor at Western Oregon University’s Politics, Policy and Administration department. 

He has given written and spoken commentary on U.S. presidential elections dating back to 1960, “focusing on news coverage, television advertising, voting patterns and electoral disputes,” according to a city club announcement. He has also written six books about presidential elections.

Political scientist Ed Dover will give his talk, “Winners and Losers: Making Sense of the 2022 Midterm Election Results,” at the Salem City Club meeting Friday, Nov. 18.

Dover served on the faculty union collective bargaining team while at Western Oregon University from 1991 to 2017 and spent ten years total as team chair and chief negotiator. He retired from education and was appointed Professor Emeritus in 2017, the city club’s announcement said.

Those who want lunch at the event from Salem’s Little Lois Cafe can order ahead online. Attendees will have to pay for lunch, order by 10:15 a.m. on Friday and enter group order number #386153 for Nov. 18.

Contact reporter Ardeshir Tabrizian: [email protected] or 503-929-3053.

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Ardeshir Tabrizian has covered criminal justice and housing for Salem Reporter since September 2021. As an Oregon native, his award-winning watchdog journalism has traversed the state. He has done reporting for The Oregonian, Eugene Weekly and Malheur Enterprise.