A group of 10 Democratic legislators from the House and Senate today announced they are supporting Democratic candidate Jeff Reardon in his House District 48 race against incumbent Mike Schaufler.
The legislators include: State Senator Rod Monroe (D-Portland/Clackamas County), State Rep. Dave Hunt (D-Clackamas County), Sen. Chip Shields (D-N/NE Portland), Sen. Ginny Burdick (D-Portland), Sen. Elizabeth Steiner-Hayward (D-NW Portland/Beaverton), Sen. Jackie Dingfelder (D-NE/SE Portland), Sen. Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene), Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer (D-NE/SE Portland), State Rep. Chris Harker (D-Beaverton and Cedar Mill) and Rep. Paul Holvey (D-Eugene/Veneta).
Reardon, they said, had great experience in education as both a teacher for 15 years and a school board member for ten, as well as 21 years in business. They cited his integrity and the need for a team player to join them in the State Legislature.
“I’ve worked with Jeff for 20 years on issues critical to working families in East Portland and Clackamas County you could try here. We need a Representative from District 48 who will fight for working families. We need someone who understands and supports education and will join us in finding ways to help small business expand and our economy recover,” said State Senator Rod Monroe. “Jeff Reardon served our country with distinction and we can think of no better person to serve with us in the 2013 Legislature.”
Reardon has received the endorsement of Governor Barbara Roberts, the Working Families Party of Oregon, former North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce Chair Lori Luchak, the United Food and Commercial Workers and former Secretary of State Bill Bradbury in his bid to unseat the ten-year incumbent.
Along with Reardon’s education background, he is a Vietnam vet and worked for 21 years at Tektronix. He is married to Annette Mattson. All four of their daughters graduated from Oregon universities.
“Jeff Reardon will be a champion for veterans, consumers, students, teachers, small business owners, and working families. He’s got a solid background of achievement that began with his service in Vietnam and continues today as a career technical teacher at David Douglas High School,” said State Rep. Dave Hunt. “I know Jeff Reardon will work closely with local officials and community leaders to get results.”
The newest State Representative in Oregon, Alissa Keny-Guyer, represents the District that borders HD 48. She appreciates Reardon’s strong commitment to issues of equity, women’s health and reproductive rights, and early childhood education.
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Much of the discontent with Schaufler comes from his inability or unwillingness to work collaboratively, his well-publicized ethics problems and his use of contributions from banks, insurance and drug companies, and other special interests to pay for personal expenses. As an example, Schaufler was the lone Democrat last session to vote with Republicans to send a key health care bill back to committee.
“I support Jeff Reardon because Jeff believes the attorney general should be able to sue banks and insurance companies that engage in fraud,” said Sen. Chip Shields. “Jeff’s opponent has sided with the banks celine outlet, but Jeff has a record of fighting for Clackamas County and outer Southeast Portland.”