State Representative

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Ben Cannon

Occupation: Elementary School Teacher

Occupational Background: 6-8th grade teacher, Arbor School of Arts and Sciences; Coro Fellow in Public Affairs

Educational Background: BA, Washington University; BA and MS, Oxford University (Rhodes Scholarship)

Prior Governmental Experience: None

Community Involvement: Oregon Bus Project Board of Directors; Chair, Oregon Bus Project Education Policy Council; City Club of Portland, Committee on Early Childhood Care and Education


As an educator and husband of a public school teacher, Ben knows the challenges facing Oregon's schools. Ben's experience includes leading a team that helped develop the state's most innovative plan for stable, adequate state funding for education.

"We need Ben's intelligence and integrity in Salem." - Beverly Perttu, Portland Chapter Chair, Stand for Children


Oregon's long-term economic health depends on sound environmental protection and planning for growth. Ben will work to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and protect our air and water.

"Ben's thorough knowledge of environmental issues and long-term commitment earn him our support, our respect, and our trust." - Wes Kempfer, Political Committee Chair, Columbia Group of the Sierra Club


Ben has pledged to take NO special interest money. Instead his campaign has received support from more than 250 individuals - your neighbors. Ben will have the independence to make tough decisions for the public good.


A homegrown Portlander, Ben visited thousands of households in District 46 to talk about priorities. Ben stands for strong Democratic values: a woman's right to choose, affordable health care, equal rights for all citizens, and a well-run government.

"Ben Cannon is smart enough not to be fooled, courageous enough not to be scared, and honest enough not to be bought." - RP Joe Smith, Former State Representative and Former Chair, State Democratic Party

Endorsements include:
Stand for Children
Oregon League of Conservation Voters
Sierra Club

Visit www.votebencannon.com to see Ben's many community endorsements and to learn more about his progressive positions.

(This information furnished by Friends of Ben Cannon.)

Elections Division, Oregon Secretary of State • 136 State Capitol • Salem, OR 97310-0722