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Senator Edwards’ statement on filing for re-election

Today, State Senator Chris Edwards filed for re-election.

Edwards -- who was first elected to the Legislature in 2006 -- said that he is seeking re-election because there is still work to be done and cited his experience and effectiveness as a legislator as reasons that voters should send him back to Salem to represent them.

“I was able to accomplish a lot of things for our community these past three years,” said the third-term legislator. Edwards cited his role on the influential state Ways and Means committee and the Senate Business and Transportation committee for his success at implementing a home energy efficiency jobs program, protecting consumers against unscrupulous insurance company practices, and creating a new small business development program that has helped participants increase sales by over 24%.

It was Edwards’ role on the Legislature’s education budgeting committee that gained statewide attention in 2013. As a member of the Democratic majority in control of the Legislature, he opposed the state school budget proposal that required Eugene schools to cut nearly $12 million from their annual budget. “This current budget required Eugene schools to increase class sizes and cut school days yet again,” said Edwards. “That is unacceptable, and I won’t quit the fight until we’ve fully restored our school budgets and set them on a sustainable path.”

His dedication to fixing the big issues facing Oregon is what motivates him to serve, said Edwards. “I’m asking voters to send me back to Salem because now more than ever, Oregonians need strong leaders that will get to work on problems facing the middle class. As a dad and a small businessman I understand the difficulties facing our schools and our economy. That’s why my priorities include fighting to improve our school funding, ensuring women get equal pay for equal work, and expanding innovative programs that help small businesses grow and hire more people."

Edwards currently co-chairs the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Natural Resources and serves at large on four additional committees: Business and Transportation, Ways and Means, the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education, and the Emergency Board.

Posted on September 12, 2013.