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Statesman Journal mini-questionnaire for 2014 Primary Election - Pollock, Ben

Statesman Journal mini-questionnaire for 2014 Primary Election - Pollock, Ben

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Statesman Journal mini-questionnaire for 2014 Primary Election - Pollock, Ben
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Statesman Journal mini-questionnaire for 2014 Primary Election
Thank you for responding to this questionnaire.
Why this matters:
 The Statesman Journal Editorial Board will use this questionnaire in deciding which candidates to endorse at the May 20 Primary Election. The board is doing fewer in-person interviews this spring. Your answers also will be shared with reporters and may be published in the newspaper and/or on our website, StatesmanJournal.com, so the public will see what you submit.We also ask that you respond to every question, instead of simply attaching campaign materials, resumes, etc.Please return the completed questionnaire to the Editorial Board as an email or an attached Word document to Salemed@StatesmanJournal.com. (Handwritten or fax responses don’t work.) Deadline for submitting your questionnaire:
9 a.m. Wednesday, April 16.
Questions? Contact Editorial Page Editor Dick Hughes, 503-399-6727, dhughes@StatesmanJournal.com, or Editorial Assistant Nancy Harrington, 503-589-6944, nharring@StatesmanJournal.com.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Your name: Ben Pollock Age: 29(If your age will change before the May 20 primary, please indicate your birthday. We want to make sure we use accurate ages in editorials and news coverage.)Political party (if this is a partisan office): RepublicanPosition you are seeking (name of position, district number, political party if applicable): United States Representative – District 5Number of years living in the area you seek to represent: 1 year living within the boundaries of the 5
th
 District. 19 years total in the area.Are you a full-time resident of that area? YesCity/town of residence: Wilsonville
 
Family (name of spouse/partner, number and ages of children if at home, number of grown children):Your education (high school, trade, college, post-baccalaureate; indicate degrees earned):Master of Public Policy – American UniversityBachelor of Arts – Trinity UniversityHigh School – Riverdale High SchoolIf employed, current occupation, employer and job duties:Vice President – SMS Auto FabricsPrevious employers and when:Harris Media, Account Executive - 2011-2012Texas House of Representatives, Legislative Director – 2011-2012Political Campaign Manager – 2009-2010U.S. House of Representatives – 2008 Military service and when:Volunteer/civic/religious service and when:Please list all public offices to which you’ve been elected, and when:Please list any unsuccessful candidacies for public office, and when:Other prior political and government experience:How the public can reach your campaign (remember that this information may be made public): Mail address: 1109 SW 1
st
 Ave Ste F #412 • Canby, OR 97013 E-mail address: info@benforcongress.com Web site URL: BenForCongress.com Phone: 971-267-7948
 
Please limit your response to each of the following questions to about 75 words.
1. To an outsider, how would you describe the region you wish to represent? What is it like geographically, economically, politically and socially?The Fifth District is very diverse both geographically and socially. We have farmers in the valley, ocean-based economies on the coast, suburban professionals outside of Portland, the timber industry, the government sector around Salem, and everything in between. It is a great and somewhat unique district in that we get to represent so many different people with differing needs and interests. Politically, it is quite well split between Republicans, Democrats, and Independents/non-affiliated voters. In order for a Republican to capture this seat, they will have to win quite a few of the voters not belonging to either major party. I am confident we are the team to do just that.2. When did you decide to run for this office, and why?October 2013 is when I made my decision. Kurt Schrader does not represent the 5
th
 District in a way that I agree with, and I think it is time for him to go. My generation is going to have to pay for Congress’ inaction on the debt and we are already being left behind by the poor economy. In order to win this race, and it will be a tough race, we cannot nominate yet another politician with baggage and nothing new to offer. We need a fresh face, who speaks honestly to the people, and who is ready to help move this country forward.3. How much will your primary campaign cost (please be specific)?$80,0004. Who are your key endorsements from within the Mid-Valley?Oregon Tea Party PACOregon Moms Building Excellent Schools Together5. Have you ever been convicted of a crime, been disciplined by a professional licensing board/organization or had an ethics violation filed against you? If so, please give the details.No6. Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, been delinquent on your taxes or other major accounts, or been sued personally or professionally? If so, please give the details.No7. Why should people vote for you? What separates you from your opponent(s)? Be specific.

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