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Douglas County sits in one of the few remaining purple congressional districts in the country, meaning the voters in the district, which stretches from Albany through most of Southwest Oregon, including Eugene, are closely split between Democrats and Republicans.

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Voters in Winston will get to decide whether to ease restrictions on dispensaries in the city, and, if so, whether to add an extra local tax to those new businesses.

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Republican congressional candidate Alek Skarlatos criticized his Democratic opponent Rep. Peter DeFazio this week, saying he had remained silent in response to last weekend’s rioting in Eugene.

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Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the top Republican in the U.S. House, has endorsed Roseburg Republican Alek Skarlatos in his race against Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield, for the Fourth District seat.

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Republican Alek Skarlatos raised more money in campaign donations in April than Democratic incumbent Rep. Peter DeFazio, according to candidate campaign finance filings with the Federal Election Commission.

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Douglas County election officials were scheduled to arrive at the U.S. Postal Service in Eugene on Thursday, where they planned to turn a key and release about 82,000 primary election ballots into the mail.