The desire to be part of a new, more rural state resonates in southwest Oregon.
"It's a sign of frustration they and many of us feel," said Douglas County Commissioner Doug Robertson.
Robertson said restrictions placed on the timber industry by politicians in Salem have hampered development in the area and cost the county jobs. He periodically hears from constituents about secession, but Robertson said it's a long-shot.
"I wouldn't suggest it's impossible because nothing is impossible," he said. "I think it's very very difficult."