SEPTEMBER 17, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Dani Nichols
KLAMATH FALLS, ORE. - Today, Constitution Day, at the Klamath County Commissioner’s Weekly Public Meeting, Dennis Linthicum announced his intention to explore pursuing the U.S. Representative position in Oregon’s Second District.
“After talking to the people of Klamath County and surrounding areas, I’m convinced that those in the 2nd District of Oregon are looking for leadership and strong, Constitutionally conservative values,” Commissioner Dennis Linthicum said before the meeting. “Our economy is struggling and, at the county level, I see every day how individuals, families and businesses are impacted by bad policies and tone-deaf regulation. My goal with this exploratory effort is not to turn away from Klamath County’s issues, but to be able to represent them, and other counties in the 2nd District, in a more substantial way at the Federal level.”
Commissioner Linthicum has been a popular County Commissioner, and currently serves as Chairman. He enjoys helping to solve problems at the County level, but says he recognizes that more changes are needed.
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“I ran for County Commissioner because I was asked to do so by my local community,” Linthicum said. “As I consider running for Congress, my situation is very similar; I’m not a career politician, nor am I trying to climb a political ladder. I’m exploring this step because I’ve been asked to do so by concerned citizens of the 2nd District. Moms, dads, students and business people I talk to every day are looking for much-needed reforms, and are all too often drowned out or ignored in favor of special interests and entrenched bureaucracy. Misinformed or over-reaching Federal laws, rules and regulations are a real problem, and often tie the hands of local officials who try to help their communities. Ignoring the Federal issues that concern my neighbors, friends and family members is not an option for me. I think I can bring a fresh Constitutional perspective, that the voters of Oregon’s 2nd District will whole-heartedly support.”
Questions and answers about this exploratory process:
Q: When will Commissioner Linthicum formally declare his candidacy?
A: Commissioner Linthicum has not made a decision on if he will officially declare his candidacy. He is using this exploratory period to see and hear from people who would support his candidacy for the Oregon District 2 Congressional seat. The exploratory committee allows limited resources to be utilized for exploring details about a successful campaign strategy.
Q: How can supporters help Commissioner Linthicum run for Congress?
A: Everyone is welcome to join the discussion and give their support at his official Facebook page: www.facebook.com/joindennislinthicum. Per Federal election rules, Dennis is not campaigning, rather, he is exploring the possibility of a campaign. He is seeking input from the community and knowledgeable individuals who could help with a campaign if a positive decision is reached. This important decision is for the people of Southern, Central and Eastern Oregon and Commissioner Linthicum has expressed his desire to bring all the best options to the table.
Note to the media: Commissioner Linthicum is available for comment and interviews following this announcement.