The Oregon League of Conservation Voters endorses Ben Unger for House District 29

Date: 
February 6, 2012

For immediate release: February 6, 2010
Contact: Andy Maggi, OLCV Political Director, 503-224-4011 x212


The Oregon League of Conservation Voters endorses Ben Unger for House District 29

Hillsboro, OR—The Oregon League of Conservation Voters has endorsed Ben Unger for State Representative in House District 29.

“Ben Unger is going to be one of Oregon’s next environmental champions, and I’m proud that he’s earned our early endorsement,” said OLCV Executive Director Doug Moore.

“Ben’s commitment to conservation, his dedication to protecting Oregon’s farms and our land, and his emphasis on building a strong local economy based on the area’s agricultural heritage demonstrates that he is the best choice to represent the people of House District 29.”

House District 29 covers Forest Grove, Cornelius, and parts of Hillsboro and Washington County. Both Unger and fellow Democrat Katie Riley are seeking the nomination in the May primary. Katie Riley ran in 2010 and lost to current Representative, Katie Eyre (R).

"I feel lucky to live in one of the few places in the country where communities have come together to protect farmland, open spaces, clean air and clean water. Oregon is a great place to live because it's a beautiful place to live,” Unger said. On receiving OLCV’s endorsement Unger added, “As a legislator, I will fight to protect Oregon - to keep it beautiful and safe. I am proud to have OLCV's endorsement - to me it means that the state's best environmental activists believe I can make a difference in Salem. That's an honor."

Any candidate seeking an OLCV endorsement must first fill out a questionnaire covering a variety of relevant environmental issues. Following review of the questionnaire, OLCV conducts face-to-face interviews with each candidate. When making candidate endorsements, OLCV considers each candidate’s environmental record, their level of commitment to protecting Oregon’s environmental legacy, as well as their leadership skills. In addition, OLCV tries to determine if the candidate is a serious contender for the office they are seeking. All endorsement recommendations are then reviewed and finalized by the OLCV PAC Board of Directors. For more information about OLCV endorsements, please visit www.olcv.org.

The Oregon League of Conservation Voters works to pass pro-environment laws, elect pro-environment candidates, and hold all of our elected officials accountable. www.olcv.org

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