State Representative
55TH DISTRICT

BEN WESTLUND
Republican

OCCUPATION: Agribusiness, Businessman

OCCUPATIONAL BACKGROUND: Small businessman in agricultural enterprises

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: Whitman College, BA (Education & History)

PRIOR GOVERNMENTAL EXPERIENCE: State Representative, District 55; Joint Ways and Means Committee; Legislative Audit Committee

COMMUNITY SERVICE: High Desert Museum sponsor; St. Francis School Board; Odyssey of the Mind coach; 4-H and FFA supporter; Little League sponsor

When Ben Westlund ran for office in 1996, he promised to follow these principles while representing us in the legislature:

LEADERSHIP ­ COMMON SENSE ­ CENTRAL OREGON PRIORITIES

When Ben Westlund ran for office in 1996, he laid out what he believed our priorities should be:

  • Strong law enforcement and tough sentencing.
  • Compassion for the truly needy without fostering dependence.

BEN WESTLUND KEPT HIS PROMISES

Ben became a legislative leader on the demanding and powerful Ways and Means Committee, responsible for the state budget. He made sure good local programs were funded, programs like the Deschutes County Juvenile Justice Program that is saving money and turning kids around.

Ben supported expanded prison space to keep the violent offenders in jail and to stop the revolving doors of justice.

Ben voted for record funding for local schools and equity for schools throughout Oregon. He voted for increased funding for Higher Education and supports the efforts to get a four-year college in Bend.

Ben Westlund voted for strong spending priorities, without raising taxes; and he supported the return of the surplus tax collections to the taxpayers.

"When all the dust settled following the legislative session, I am proudest of my recognition as Legislator of the Year by the Oregon Library Association."

LEADERSHIP ­ COMMON SENSE ­ PRIORITIES

ELECT ­ BEN WESTLUND - AGAIN

(This information furnished by Committee to Elect Ben Westlund.)

Ben Westlund has agreed to limit campaign expenditures for this General Election under ORS 260.180 but is not bound by that agreement because an opponent for this election has not agreed to limit expenditures or has exceeded the applicable spending limit.

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