We're standing with Ron Wyden!
In our travels across Oregon, many people have shared their stories and offered testimonials as to why they're supporting Oregon's Senator Ron Wyden. Below are just a few examples of what people are saying.
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Michael J. Baker, President & CEO, of Portland's Home Dialysis Plus:
Our company, HD+, has been fortunate to have raised $50 million this year to advance our home hemodialysis technology. Technology that comes from Oregon! We have been riding on Senator Wyden’s “nano technology” platform through ONAMI and Oregon State University. We are also enjoying the foundations that Senator Wyden has put in place for support [of] small businesses.
Warren Weathers, Lowell:
I support Senator Wyden because he has helped our community solve several important local issues that had overwhelmed fedral agencies, and because he set partisanship aside to work with Gordon Smith solving problems and developing opportunities important to our community. I am a registered non-partisan with conservative values and life style and a small town libertarian bent.
Herman Welch, Former Mayor of Waldport:
As Mayor of the City of Waldport, and as a registered Independent, I am supporting Ron Wyden because he is a very effective and energetic US Senator who works for the best interests of all Oregonians. It’s not always the “Big Things” a Representative or Senator does in public office that people remember. Some times [it’s] just taking the time to care and help people in need that makes the deepest impression on ordinary people. As a small town Mayor on the Oregon Coast, I keep this in mind during my present efforts to serve the people of my community.
Mark Cottle, Former Sherwood Mayor:
I am a Republican, not the new Republican but the old school Republican: maximize personal liberties, government is important but should play a limited role, type of Republican. I support Ron Wyden because Ron is first and foremost an Oregonian, he loves Oregon as much as I do.
I served as Mayor of a small town, but nothing was too small for Ron, he made several appearances in Sherwood to promote, our YMCA, the Tualatin River National Wild Life Refuge and once just to chat – and it wasn’t even an election year. This is why I support Ron Wyden.
Lory Utz, Roseburg:
Ron is a politician with a caring heart for people. He took the time to call my husband in the hospital after his knee replacement surgery and then followed up with another very nice call after our return home. We value his work for the state of Oregon and for the country as a whole and definitely hope he will be re-elected.
Carol Davis, Vernonia:
I’ve been a supported of Senator Wyden since he worked with the Grey Panthers! I really admired his dedication to the honored citizens of our state.
Gay Lynn Bath, Salem:
Senator Wyden represents what Oregonians want – a clean environment, health care for everyone, and fair taxes for the middle class.
Tom Kelly, Portland:
My wife Barbara and I have known the Senator a little since the days when he first ran for Congress. In addition to sharing his political values, we have always been impressed with how hard he works and that he is a leader in the Senate. Initially he was known as a great advocate of the elderly and today he is one of the most knowledgeable experts on healthcare that we have.
Arnold Ismach, Eugene:
I became a supporter of Ron Wyden when he convinced me that he’s a strong supporter of human rights, equality and the Constitution. He’s not a politician who hems and haws and follows the trends. He’s a true independent soul, with guts.
Roger Kofler, Milwaukie:
I am a native Oregonian and my support of Sen. Wyden dates back to when he was head of the Gray Panthers. I have always felt that Ron Wyden cares about regular people like me, rather than simply being a shill for big corporations, as so many politicians are these days.
Michael A. Hanback, Tillamook:
I have always appreciated the clear and direct way Senator Wyden addresses issues. When he comes to Tillamook for town hall meetings I always make sure I attend. When asked tough questions, he does not do the famous “Potomac Two-step” to try and avoid revealing his true thoughts but lays out both the facts and his pinion and leaves us to do with it as we will. I also appreciate the way Senator Wyden reaches across party lines to find common ground in solving our nation’s urgent problems.
Hiroshi Morihara, Ph.D., President of Gresham's HM3 Energy:
I strongly endorse re-election of Sen. Wyden, because he works extremely hard for Oregon. For example, his [Eastside Forest Plan] is vintage Wyden which has support from both the environmental group and the timber industry. A legislation like this will create permanent family wage jobs in timber towns across Oregon, and their work is environmentally sustainable.
Perry Callas, Astoria:
I support Ron Wyden because he has walked the walk for many years. When I’ve called the Senator’s office asking for help with a problem with a government office or regulation, Senator Wyden’s excellent staff has always come through for me. Ron shares many of my values as an Oregonian and has shunned the DC spotlight.
Gene H. McIntyre & Linda D. McIntyre, Keizer:
My wife and I continue our support of Senator Wyden because we feel that we can trust him to work on behalf of the people he represents as well as Americans.
Vicki Grant, Bend:
If all members of Congress possessed his personal qualities and wisdom, we would be a much healthier, stronger country today. He consistently demonstrates a willingness to compromise as long as it doesn’t require sacrificing his integrity, principles or commitments to the people he serves.
Jennifer Geller, Eugene 4J School Board Member:
I am supporting Senator Wyden because of his leadership on the Education Jobs Bill. As a mother and a school board member, I know that he understands that all Oregon kids need an excellent education—especially as we rebuild our economy.
Daryl Monk, Corvallis:
Sen. Wyden is looking out for the little guy. The average person who does not have lobbyists to advocate for them. He understands, especially, how important affordable, responsible health care is to the uninsured as well as the insured.
Robert McDonald, MD, Silverton:
I am a family physician and am passionate about the need for health care reform. I was very impressed with Sen. Wyden’s ideas, and by his efforts to work with colleagues from both sides of the aisle, and his attempts to bring consensus.
Matt Jarvis, Coos Bay:
He is truly a great champion for our state in Washington D.C. I wish there were more politicians with his dedication, enthusiasm and kindness doing what they can not only for the state, but our citizens as well.
Pat Shaw, Gilliam County Judge, Condon:
What impresses me most about Senator Wyden is his dedication to visit every county in Oregon every year. Soemtimes candidates and politicians overlook small rural Oregon towns. This is not true of Senator Wyden, he constantly demonstrates that our issues are just as important to him as those of the Metro area.
David Price, Salem:
I met Ron in Law School. It was very obvious that he had a passion for serving other people. He started helping senior citizens with no regard to his own gain or publicity. He has truly served the people of Oregon for decades with that foundation that I observed at a young age. He continues to serve us for all the right reasons. I have truly appreciated his bipartisan efforts on our behalf.
Lucia Reynolds, Lake Oswego:
Ron cares about Oregonians as well as the environment.
Kathy Van Doren, Portland:
When I was an student at PSU, and new to Oregon politicians, it was the year that Gordon Smith ran against Ron, and I knew neither of them. One afternoon I had seen Ron on campus with students gathered around him. About an hour later as I was walking north a few blocks off campus, I found Ron, still surrounded by students, where they had apparently followed and stood there with him. It had begun to rain a little, it seemed neither students, nor Senator were distracted. As long as they asked questions and stayed to hear his answers, Ron hung in there, with rain running off his head and down is face. I was favorably impressed, and ready to learn more about this candidate. I have voted for him ever since.
Letitia Tarver, Astoria:
One of the things I like most about Senator Wyden is how often he’s back home in Oregon and holding town hall meetings everywhere he goes. During the question and answer portions of these town hall meetings, I don’t’ always agree with his answers, especially when he’s talking to a Republican businessman; but I admire the fact that he tries to reach across the aisle.
Ann Shannon, Portland:
As an activist working to generate awareness and international response to the humanitarian crisis in Congo (over 7 million have died), I have had a number of occasions to reach out [to] Senator Wyden. Senator Wyden has followed up by co-sponsoring every piece of major Congo legislation, and he has advised us on how to be most effective in our advocacy work. Senator Wyden has gone above and beyond that recently, by co-hosting a briefing for Senate and Congressional staff on how conflict minerals fuel the nightmarish violence in Congo.
Susan Shawn, Milwaukie:
I knew Ron when he was just “a kid” and was friends with a young man who worked for me in the Mayor’s office. He has matured over the years in DC into a good politician, if there is such a thing. I trust him to do what he thinks is the best thing to do on every issue.
Tricia Knoll, Portland:
I’ve been proud to watch Ron Wyden’s career – daring to speak out when other Democrats were still thinking. He has been a leader on healthcare reform for many years, a statesman who saw what involvement in Iraq would entail, and a leader in open process – most recently in standing up to say that Senators who ask for a “stay” on a bill should be identified. Now I’m retired. I appreciate his strong stands on issues that relate to seniors – something that didn’t matter to me nearly 30 years ago. He’s got my vote.
Dennis Koho, Former Keizer Mayor:
Ron was just getting settled in his new offices after winning election to the Senate when the 1996 floods hit Oregon. At the time, I served as Mayor of Keizer, and we had to evacuate about a third of the tow as the Willamette River was expected to breach the dike and flood hundreds of homes. Sen. Wyden was one of the first on the scene. While I was busy with the Emergency Operations Center, he toured the area, visited an evacuation shelter, and generally made his presence (and that of the federal government) known to the citizens of Keizer. It was a great comfort at the time to know that even as he was becoming acquainted with Keizer, he stood ready to bring assistance to us.