|HAAS for AG 1980 Pin|
This article, from the Eugene Register-Guard talks about the Haas for Governor campaign from 1974. He was one of several prominent Democrats running for the nomination. James Redden, Betty Roberts, and Bob Straub were 3 of 10 eventual Democratic candidates. The campaign opened up with a three city announcement tour in Portland, Eugene, and Medford.
1974 was going to be the first election in eight years when Tom McCall would not be a candidate for Governor. It isn't surprising that so many candidates (15) from both parties sought the office.
Below are some items from his short Gubernatorial campaign an a pin for District Attorney.
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His legacy will largely reflect his years in the court room as a District Attorney and County Judge. He helped make modern day Oregon courts what they are today. He was in charge of creating Oregon's first court ordered restitution program in 1976. In the early 90s he started the Sanctions Treatment Opportunity Progress drug court program. This program allowed durg offenders of non violent crimes to get treatment for their addiction. It was one of just a handful of such programs in the country at the time.