ANNOUNCEMENT BY REP. PETER BUCKLEY
It’s probably not a surprise, and I hope it is welcome news—I have filed to run for re-election to the Oregon House of Representatives.
I considered making this announcement in the produce section at Shop ’n Kart or the Co-Op or Market of Choice in Ashland, since I do a good deal of constituent work there. When I’m not in Salem, I hit the stores at least three times a week to shop for my family and to check in with the other shoppers. I’m greeted by smart, well-informed neighbors who ask about specific funding issues, and who share ideas on education policy and health care. And, interestingly enough, nearly everyone asks: “How do you keep doing this?”
I understand the question refers not just to the toxic nature of today’s politics and the seemingly never-ending partisan battles but also to the constant commute to Salem and time away from my family.
Clearly I could not run and serve if my wife and sons did not support my efforts; and, I couldn’t do it without your support either. When I first asked for your vote in 2004 you believed in me and have continued to have my back. In turn I have had yours as well.
In 2004 I promised I would fight for what we all care about, and as my record shows, I’ve continued that fight through four legislative sessions. I’ve held fast to this district’s core values of strengthening the middle class through living-wage jobs, improving educational opportunities for all Oregonians, helping the elderly and disabled, and urging smart public safety efforts.
Amidst the nationally charged political atmosphere aimed at disenfranchising those in need, here in Oregon we’ve found that taking care of each other is actually the best thing we can do to strengthen our economy and rebuild our communities. For example, in-home care programs for the elderly and disabled benefit families, individuals and saves tax dollars.
But at the core of why I want to continue to do this job is simply that I love the work—challenges, rough economy and all—and I feel I’m truly making a difference.
But to do so, I need your help. Oregon is just two Senate seats and one House seat away from becoming another notch on the belts of the far right wing. Please help level the playing field with a contribution, once this legislative session ends. Again—together, we’re making a difference.
Thanks & Onward,
P.S. As always, political contributions up to $50/person, $100/couple, are refundable on your Oregon Tax Return. (Please note that contributions cannot be accepted while the Legislature is in session.)