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Home arrow News arrow Local News arrow Greg Barreto takes criticisms in stride, prepares for Tuesday election

Greg Barreto takes criticisms in stride, prepares for Tuesday election

When Greg Barreto accepted the challenge to run for House District 58 he knew there would be attacks and things said about him by the opposition. What he didn’t expect was the effect those attacks would have on his family.

“I can handle this stuff. It’s harder for the spouse to handle these things when they come at you,” said Barreto, who is running against John Turner of Pendleton in Tuesday’s Republican primary. “I think that’s natural. That’s one thing I’ve learned in campaigning, your wife takes up your offense in a greater amount than you do.”

Barreto, who serves on the Union County Economic Development Board, has had to parry plenty of criticisms of late from the Turner camp. From accepting money from Nevada businessman Loren Parks to Turner’s criticism of a Barreto ad campaign over Turner’s support of a driver’s card for Oregon citizens who lack proof of residency, the owner of Barreto Manufacturing has been busy answering questions about these issues, rather than being able to focus on the items important to voters. 

“You get a little distracted from accusations against you that are unfounded, but you deal with those in the course of it, and they’re not surprising either,” he said. “It’s what you get with some of these strategists.” 

See Monday's edition of The Observer for the full story. 

 
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