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Willis Mahoney (June 13, 1895 - June 2, 1968) was an American policitian from the states of Oregon and Washington. He was a member of the Washington State legislature, mayor of Klamath Falls, Oregon and three times was a candidate to represent Oregon in the United States Senate, losing to Charles L. McNary in 1936, Rufus Holman in 1938, and Guy Cordon in 1944. Mahoney also supported the Townsend plan, plan presented by Dr. Francis E. Townsend, for a national sales tax to pay for a 200 monthy potition for everyoneone over age 60. Mahoney also supported president Roosevelt's New Deal.
A native of Idaho, Mahoney had only lived in Oregon for five years before announcing his campaign for U.S. Senate against McNary, but he proved to be an agressive opponent to the senator, at times asking crowds: "Has anybody seen from our Senior Senator lately?" The election was close, but McNary was re- elected.
Just one year after his defeat, Mahoney was charged with wreckless driving in an incident that killed Thomas L. Zimmerman of Shedd. But he still filed for another race for U.S. Senate in 1938, and won the Democratic primary.
The wreckless driving case seemed to be over by 1938, but it was re-opened during the campaign, but didn't effect Mahoney's campaign from moving forward, but he lost the race 55-45% to Holman, and was defeated for yet another run for the Senate in 1944, by Guy Cordon. He died in 1968.
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