Don Orange, Democrat

Candidate for:  State Representative 17th LD Position No. 1New candidate for this position.
Campaign website: Estimated late fifties

Summary Analysis:  Don Orange owns an auto repair business in Clark County that has been operating since 1946.  As an owner of an auto repair business there is a presumption of some awareness of the damage that big government does to commerce and jobs.  Don has been an effective activist in organizing resistance to the proposed use of the Port of Vancouver to ship oil and related need for oil to travel into Vancouver via the railroad.  This work demonstrates Don’s leadership skills and interest in the community regardless of whether one agrees with his point of view.  Don’s campaign overall is not one that is considered competitive as other candidates are considerably more active and better funded.   Don Orange has a 56% composite score.  See details about score in the composite score matrix.

Campaign manager and team:  Campaign Manager, Boris Popovic

Don Orange
Don Orange

Education – higher:  None determined from public information.

Relevant work experience:  Owner, Hoesly Eco Auto & Tire

Organizations and community involvement:  Chair, Main Street Alliance of Washington

Donation analysis:  Candidate has not raised much money for his campaign (around $8500 as of early July) and this is a problem for mounting a serious effort in the 17th legislative district. Being a long term, and apparently successful, businessman, he would likely have the ability to fund a portion of a more aggressive campaign, but he has not done so to date.    How to review donations.

Time in area:  30 years

Background for candidate: The following links have been chosen as they contain background information readers may find useful.

Candidates website Candidate
Candidate’s Facebook Facebook
Small-business owners voice opposition to oil terminal in Vancouver The Columbian
101 Small Businesses Call on Governor Inslee to Reject Crude-By-Rail Proposal in Vancouver, WA Press Release
Main Street Alliance Leader Don Orange Shares His Story in Washington, D.C. Alliance for a just society
CVTV – Election 2016: Primary Video Voters’ Guide (07-07-16) (in interface scroll down and click the candidate’s name) CVTV


Original analysis:  July 2016  Updated: None.


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