Vote for Walden, Wyden and Smith

Written by Observer editorial reports October 28, 2010 12:51 pm
Face it. Greg Walden has a huge task ahead when he is re-elected to represent Oregon’s vast 2nd Congressional District in Washington, D.C.

The six-term congressman as he moves up in the ranks of Republican leadership plans to continue being a watchdog on government spending and debt. He wants to rein in what he calls out-of-control government takeovers. Walden also wants to make Congress more transparent and accountable to the taxpayer, hoping to require bills be posted online at least 72 hours before a vote — so maybe even Congressmen can do their homework before voting.

No one can fault Walden’s work ethic. He has worked tirelessly for the 2nd District, and travels back home from Washington, D.C., on cross country flights nearly every weekend. Walden gets to every county is his district at least twice a year and the more populated counties even more often.

Walden has fought for issues people here find important — rural health care access and forest jobs — and he has made a stand against the meth epidemic.

Despite being in the minority party, the Republican is gaining clout in Washington, D.C. He has been assigned a GOP leadership chair and is rising up the leadership ranks.

Walden is a good fit for Oregon, too, because, as an analysis by the National Journal shows, he votes conservative 64.5 percent of the time. By contrast, Minority Leader John Boehner votes conservative 92.2 percent of the time.

Walden’s opponent in the race, Joyce Segers, a businesswoman from Ashland, has no political experience. Walden will represent the district better and get more done to serve his constituents.

 

VOTE FOR WYDEN


Ron Wyden has represented Oregon in the U.S. Senate since 1996, and deserves to be sent back for another six-year term. He is a strong advocate of health care reform, energy independence, consumer protection and senior citizen issues.

What’s more, Walden is growing in power. He is the chairman of the subcommittees on public lands and forests and international trade, customs and global competitiveness. His experience pays dividends for Oregon in these vital areas.

Wyden also makes effort to listen to his constituents. During his time in office, Wyden has hosted more than 550 town hall meetings, visiting each county at least once a year.

Wyden’s opponent, Jim Huffman, a teacher at Lewis & Clark Law School, has extensive experience in environmental law and is a fiscal conservative. He is campaigning for job creation, what he calls real health care reform and a workable forest plan. He has good ideas, but Wyden with his experience will do more to help Oregon.

 

VOTE FOR SMITH

 

Greg Smith has been an effective representative for Northeast Oregon and knows how to get the job done in Salem. District 57 needs his experience — and seniority — in Salem. As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, Smith holds a powerful position that can be a real asset for his district.

We weren’t happy that Smith was a no-show at the recent candidates forum in La Grande. He needs to continue to work on being more responsive to the folks in his district. Showing up at forums is part of that responsibility, as is holding occasional town halls to gather input from constituents. Still, voters should
re-elect him. He’s a strong advocate for Eastern Oregon University, for small business and for our region as a whole.

Greg Smith has been an effective representative for Northeast Oregon and knows how to get the job done in Salem. District 57 needs his experience — and seniority — in Salem. As a member of the Ways and Means Committee, Smith holds a powerful position that can be a real asset for his district.

We weren’t happy that Smith was a no-show at the recent candidates forum in La Grande. He needs to continue to work on being more responsive to the folks in his district. Showing up at forums is part of that responsibility, as is holding occasional town halls to gather input from constituents. Still, voters should
re-elect him. He’s a strong advocate for Eastern Oregon University, for small business and for our region as a whole.