The Oregon Family Farm Association PAC, founded in 1996, has become a leader defending rural public servants from meritless recall efforts. It has achieved success against Portland special interest-led recalls in Washington, Yamhill, Multnomah, Clackamas, and Hood River counties since 2020 when they first started happening.

“When Portland special interests came after me with a phony recall try, the Oregon Family Farm Association really stepped up to help.”

Sen. Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River)
Former State Senator 2011-2023
Owner, Thomsen Orchards




On Expensive Cascade Locks Port Recalls


Jess Groves and Joeinne Caldwell are perfect examples of dedicated, local public volunteers. They work hard, seek no credit, and deserve praise for quietly helping revitalize the community of Cascade Locks over the past 14 years.

They have helped carve out an identity for Cascade Locks and the Port, during a time when Portland special interests have pressed hard to spread their influence in nearby towns. Now a meritless recall effort has been launched against them in order to  attack their credibility.

  • Over $300,000 has been spent by Portland special interests trying to recall rural elected officials near the metro region. These began in early 2020, around the time of the COVID-19 pandemic’s beginning.
    Source: Oregon Sec. of State Campaign Finance
  • The first involved $158,578 in all-Portland money aimed at failing to recall then-State Senator Chuck Thomsen (R-Hood River) for refusing to vote on, and stopping, the 72-cent gas tax (Carbon Tax).
    Source: Oregon Sec. of State Campaign Finance
  • Despite more failures, the recalls keep coming. Jess Groves and Joeinne Caldwell are being targeted just for attracting high-wage businesses to Port-owned land in order to sustain basic needs like public safety. Opponents believe increased taxes, fees and tolls are the pathway.
    Source: Hood River County Elections records


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