SALEM, Ore., July 22, 2016—The political action committee for the state’s leading small-business association has endorsed Bud Pierce for governor, Dennis Richardson for secretary of state, and Daniel Zene Crowe for attorney general, it was announced today.
The endorsements were made by the NFIB/Oregon SAFE Trust (Save America’s Free Enterprise), the political action committee of the Oregon arm of the National Federation of Independent Business. NFIB is the nation’s largest and leading small-business association with 350,000 members nationwide, including nearly 7,000 in Oregon.
“Not only is Dr. Pierce a small-business owner and an NFIB member, but he’s also a health-care provider, a philanthropist, and veteran,” said Anthony K. Smith, NFIB’s Oregon state director. “Oregon couldn’t ask for a better-qualified candidate for governor in terms of practical, hands-on life experience to lead our state. He is the personification of the citizen-statesman.”
On the secretary of state’s race, Smith said, “The secretary of state oversees the Corporations Division and the Office of Small Business Assistance, so it is absolutely vital that someone with a proven track record be in that position. Dennis Richardson has a stellar record of public service that small-business owners can trust. We know where he stands, and that is with the Main Street entrepreneurs who are the engine of the Oregon economy.”
For the attorney general’s office, Smith was blunt, “Oregonians have had it with corruption and scandal in our state. Daniel Zene Crowe can rebalance the scales of justice in Oregon and restore our confidence in state government. He has committed his professional life to the service of others, as both a judge advocate in the Army and as a veterans’ advocate. He’s made a career out of navigating the often dangerous waters of an ever-more-powerful state and federal government, a qualification needed now more than ever as the regulatory pain suffered by small business has become acuter in recent years.”
For more than 70 years, the National Federation of Independent Business has been the Voice of Small Business, taking the message from Main Street to the halls of Congress and all 50 state legislatures. NFIB annually surveys its members on state and federal issues vital to their survival as America’s economic engine and biggest creator of jobs. NFIB’s educational mission is to remind policymakers that small businesses are not smaller versions of bigger businesses; they have very different challenges and priorities.
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