Ron Green announces for House District 15
Army veteran, small business owner, educator, workforce expert mounts campaign for Oregon House
ALBANY, Ore.- Ron Green, a Vietnam-era Army veteran, educator, and small business owner who came to Oregon to work in employment and workforce development, announced today he will run for the Oregon House of Representatives in House District 15, representing Albany.
Green pointed to a need for more support of small businesses and job creation in Oregon and a much needed reinvestment in public education as chief motivators for seeking public office.
“Small businesses and entrepreneurs are the ones who create jobs and we need to do more to make this a state where they can thrive,” said Green. “Businesses need cash flow and they need customers through the door. I will make job creation and a healthy economy my top priority.”
Green ran a small business in Texas for many years, growing the number of employees nearly four-fold over the course of more than a decade. He then worked as an educator, developing programming for corrections systems in Texas and New Mexico.
“Public schools are what ensure that every child has a fair chance in life, and they’re what prepare the employees of the future. I’ll make our schools a priority so we’re able to compete in the new economy,” said Green.
Green moved to Oregon in 2003 to help Oregonians gain the skills to find jobs and as an employment specialist helped retrain workers laid off from timber industry and manufacturing jobs.
Green and his wife Tessa live in Albany with their border collie, Jonah. They have four adult children. Green served in the US Army from 1966-1969.
“I think the voters are fed up with career politicians who put their own interests and the interests of out of state campaign donors ahead of the needs of the middle class families in their districts,” said Green. “I will serve as a citizen legislator, not a long-term politician.”
Democrats will meet to appoint Green at a July 15 nominating convention. Previous candidate Jean-Paul Cernak is withdrawing his candidacy for personal reasons.