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A Hero Will Rise. Rob Brading Announces his Challenge to Karen Minnis in House District 49.

You can help Rob defeat Speaker Minnis by making your first contribution to his grassroots campaign today!


Rob Brading: Working for us for a Change.

Answering another call to public service and ending weeks of speculation Rob Brading announced his candidacy for House District 49 today. Brading’s candidacy for State Representative began over morning coffee today with tens of thousands of Oregonians. Appearing on Thom Hartmann’s morning call in show on KPOJ-AM radio, Brading told listeners that powerful corporations and special interests have their own personal representative in Karen Minnis, while real people in District 49 are being shut out and left behind.

Rob Brading: A Record of Local Leadership.

Rob Brading has been the Executive Director at Multnomah Community Television since 1992. His work at MCTV is a continuation of a career devoted to giving people the skills to participate in our Democracy. Prior to moving to East Multnomah County Rob was a dairy farmer, cabinet maker, Christmas tree farmer and cannery worker. Rob lives in Fairview with his wife Karen.

Karen Minnis has worked in the legislature for over 20 years. While she's been busy playing partisan politics in Salem, Rob has been working locally for the people of East Multnomah County:

-Past President of the Gresham Area Chamber of Commerce. Seven years on the Board of Directors.
-Tri-Met’s Transit for Livability Task Force.
-Gresham’s Police Advisory Committee.
-Gresham Centennial Planning Committee.
-Gresham Citizens Strategic Planning Committee.
-East County Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors.
-Current member, Multnomah County Library Advisory Board.
-Former member, Oregon Public Affairs Network Board of Directors.

Former National Board Chair of his professional organization, the Alliance for Community Media.
Rob Brading is not a politician. Being a candidate was never his plan. But after years of working for change through community and civic leadership he realized that a change has to be made in the legislature.

Rob Brading on why he decided to run: "It's like we really don't have a representative. When you look at her record it seems like Karen Minnis might need a roadmap to find the 49th district. She uses her power and spends her time serving big corporations and powerful executives from Houston, Manhattan, California, Delaware, Atlanta and New Jersey, who have all bankrolled her campaigns. But her mistaken priorities in the legislature means she forgets all about the citizens who depend on her to do the right thing."

Lets send a local leader to Salem! Ask your friends to contribute to Rob Brading's campaign for change today!

Rob Brading: A Real Agenda and a Plan to Make it Happen.

Rob Brading on the change he will bring to Salem: "I was honestly hoping the last election would serve as a wake-up call to Speaker Minnis. I thought she couldn't continue to ignore the very real needs of the people in our district. But the results of the last session proved more than ever that Karen Minnis puts big corporations and big donors first and the working people in the 49th district dead last. I will work for better schools, relief from crippling health care and prescription drug costs, more family wage jobs for Oregonians, and most importantly, open and ethical government."

Rob Brading's agenda for positive change:

-Ethical and accountable government that values the input of citizens over the special interests.
-Affordable health care for Oregon's working families.
-Prescription drugs that our seniors and small businesses can afford.
-World class public schools that prepare our kids for a changing economy.
-A thriving economy that creates family wage jobs instead of shipping them overseas.
-Fight government waste by eliminating tax give-a-ways that allow corporations like Enron to pay only $10.

Rob Brading has the vision, integrity and shoe leather to win this campaign. Now all he needs is your help!

If we really want to bring real change to Salem, then we have to start at the top. You can help Rob Brading defeat Speaker Minnis by making a small contribution today!

November 15, 2005 by News
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