Ballots are in the mail: Nordbye, Hollingsworth vie for District 52

Pumping up the schools and protecting the middle class are priorities in common between the two candidates for their party’s nomination to the Oregon House District 52 seat in the May 15 Primary.

Marv Hollingsworth and Peter Nordbye are both retired men from the Highway 26 corridor in Clackamas County who have spent a fair amount of time in Hood River County in recent weeks wooing voters.

Their names will be on the ballots that go out this weekend to county voters. Also on the ballot are races for county district attorney and sheriff, among others.

If you are a registered voter and your ballot has not arrived in the mail by Monday, April 30, call the Elections Division at 541-386-1442.

Full stories on Nordbye and Hollingsworth are on the Hood River News website:

The articles will be published in the May 2 edition.


Nordbye, who lives in Brightwood, was a special education teacher-turned-principal who calls himself “a special educator at heart.”

Hollingsworth, from Rhododendron, is a teacher-turned-lawyer who said his experience as a mediator would serve him in the legislature.

“I did this once, one of the best things I ever did,” said Hollingsworth, who served the Oregon House in 1971-72, while a Troutdale resident, serving east Multnomah County.

Nordbye is running for office for the first time, and he has vowed to accept no campaign contributions over $50 and will take money only from in-district donors.

Hollingsworth said, “Mark Johnson is vulnerable. I think the Democrats will turn out and vote. They don’t do that in the off-elections. The $50 local contributions cap idea is noble, but it just won’t work to take on a guy like Mark Johnson. He’s got a lot of dollars.

“I would take any amount of money, and I’ve been promised some pretty substantial sums from some PACs, and I would take them but without any strings attached. I don’t owe anyone a vote, just to look at their interests, and vote how I see is best for the people of Clackamas and Hood River counties.”

Nordbye said, “I see money dominating the elections. It’s bigger than just the elections. It’s when our representatives go to Salem or Washington, D.C., if they’re getting hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars, depending on the office they’re in; there’s going to be expectations to that.”

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