Over the past 25 years my wife Susan and I have built a thriving small business. We design, manufacture, and sell kites all around the world. We do entertainment programs for groups like Disney, motion pictures, and the SuperBowl. And we have opened retail stores on the Oregon coast where we have been able to put people to work during this down economy. We are fortunate to have created a successful small business in a community that we love.
We live in a part of the state blessed with natural beauty and remarkable economic potential. But we face challenges here. Our median family income is $33,000 -- far below the state average. We have record unemployment, overcrowded classrooms, and a disturbing disconnect between the jobs available and people seeking work. The economy, job training, schools, health care, and the justice system all need help!
In the end, these challenging times demand that we all do what we can to make things better. Thatís why I decided to run for the State Legislature.
I'm running again to continue fighting for the working families who live in our district. I believe that difficult times provide opportunities for real and constructive change. And after 25 years of marriage, I have learned that compromising doesn't mean losing.
Sixty-five percent of new jobs come from businesses like mine and yet few legislators share my small business background.
In my first term, I spoke out to put my small business experience, my education, and my values to work for our community. I plan to continue that work. But I can't do so without you. I need your help talking with neighbors and friends. I need campaign volunteers. And I need your financial support.
Every campaign is difficult. But I am not willing to let this position slip away and do nothing when there is so much that needs to be done. Iím running hard and plan to win. Iím asking you to join me in this effort.
For more than 20 years Susan and I have lived here on the Coast, built a successful business, created jobs, and worked to make our community better. I'm ready to use my experience and my enthusiasm to help create a brighter economic future for families in Lincoln, Tillamook, Polk, and Yamhill Counties.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email. I look forward to working with you over the coming months as we take our state in bold new directions and build a better Oregon for all of us.