Yard signs for the May 18 election are starting to pop up all over town and they got me thinking: what happened to the ol' stars and stripes? The candidates running in state and local races are selling themselves during the campaign with unusual color combinations. Check out the logos for the county commissioner and Metro President race. Only Maria Rubio goes for patriotic colors, the other logos are all over the place color-wise.





I think maybe there's less red, white and blue in the County race because it's not a partisan contest. The candidates aren't defined by their political party, so they're steering clear of Democrat blue and Republican red. But I had to ask County candidate Karol Collymore what's up with the purple and orange. "I like purple because it's a royal color and it's also the color of equality, and you know my views on that," said Collymore. And the orange? "I look great in orange," said Collymore.

Metro President and governors' race below the cut!

In the Metro President race, the winning colors are orange, green and blue.



I understand the green in the Metro race—all the candidates are facing off on their environmental credentials. The greener the logo, the greener the candidate.

Up in the big governor races, the colors split by party.

Democrat John Kitzhaber has no logo consistency, but his colors vary between gray and blue jean blue splashed across a lighter blue background (occassionally featuring Mt. Hood) to solid white with blue text.


And, oh no, awkward! Democratic opponent Bill Bradbury also goes for a off-white with two shades of blue.


But on the Republican side, the candidates stick with the reliable colors of Old Glory. Perhaps the only candidates sticking with tradition, Allen Alley and Chris Dudley both rely on the red, white and blue.