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Letter from Sid Leiken
I wanted to share an exciting announcement about my political endeavors with you. I am running to become Oregon’s next Secretary of State. You might ask yourself, why Secretary of State? That is a great question and I would like to tell you why my experience and leadership are just what are needed to reinvigorate our great state.
First, Oregonian’s all throughout the state are longing to see Oregon once again be a state we can be proud of. That means we need a strong and vibrant economy. As Mayor of Springfield, I helped shepherd in more than $1 Billion of private sector investment in our community. I want to take my experience to the Capitol and demonstrate that same can-do attitude to help shape a prosperous and robust future for Oregon.
Starting and maintaining a business in Oregon can be a daunting experience. As the Secretary of State I would oversee the corporation division. My goal would be to provide a comprehensive suite of information that allows business owners and record keepers ease in maintaining and establishing business names and records. Unlike some of my possible opponents, I will fight to keep business tax returns private, so Oregon does not hang out the “Business Not Wanted” sign again.
I am proud to be a 5th generation Oregonian. The Secretary of State’s office is in charge of maintaining the State Archives and this is a role that I have a great interest in and would take pride in preserving.
Finally, the position of Secretary of State also oversees the state audit function, keeping state agencies accountable for the billions of dollars they spend every year of our money. The Secretary of State is the office that makes sure state government spends our tax dollars wisely and do not waste them. My belief is a dollar misspent or wasted by any Oregon agency is a dollar not available to fund our education system and lower class room size.
Let’s face it, Oregon is in need of a pragmatic leader who understands the importance of putting aside petty partisanship and focusing on ideas and policies that will bring Oregon back on track. As the former Mayor of Springfield and now as a Lane County Commissioner, I know compromise is not a dirty word for a strong leader. I have a resume’ full of examples of doing the right thing no matter who gets credit or where the idea came from. I will bring civility, statesmanship and leadership back to our Capitol.