Two lawsuits challenge Oregon’s new legislative boundaries

(Amanda Loman/Salem Reporter)

A former Republican state representative on Monday asked the Oregon Supreme Court to throw out all newly drawn state House and Senate districts and replace them with more competitive maps.

The lawsuit from former Rep. Patrick Sheehan, R-Portland, and Clackamas County attorney Samantha Hazel joined a challenge filed earlier Monday that asked the court to redraw two Eugene-area districts. In that case, two Lane County men argued that Democratic leaders deliberately and illegally shifted Democratic Rep. Marty Wilde into a Republican district to prevent him from challenging a sitting Democratic senator. 

Monday was the deadline to challenge new state House and Senate district boundaries crafted by the Legislature last month. Because of the two lawsuits, the Oregon Supreme Court has until Nov. 22 to decide whether the Legislature’s . . .