State School Race Still Open. Mauer has a chance.

By Bob Tiernan
State Republican Chair,

As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, we are reminded of the heroic efforts of countless men and women who have fought and died to guard the liberties that we cherish here in America. We should take this opportunity to reflect on this, and thank our family members, friends, and neighbors who have served in the armed forces to keep our country free.

One way to express your patriotism is to ensure that your voice was heard in the Primary Election. Ron Maurer is a Republican State Representative running for the non-partisan position of Superintendent of Public Education and his election is within reach! His opponent holds a majority of just 00.04% — or 307 votes statewide — and every vote counts.

If you cast your ballot in the Primary election and then received notification from your county elections office that the signature on your ballot did not match the signature on file, you should contact your county elections office immediately to ensure your vote is counted and your voice is heard. Signature mismatches do not occur frequently — but if you received notification that your signature did not match, you have until the close of business on Friday, May 28th (tomorrow!) to contact your county elections office and correct the matter.YOUR VOTE COUNTS — AND COULD ALTER THE STATEWIDE ELECTION FOR SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC EDUCATION!

Oregon’s public school system is one of the worst in the nation, ranking 43rd out of 50 states in educational performance. Oregon finished 7th from the bottom in the Pres. Obama’s highly touted “Race to the Top” competition for special additional federal funds aimed at rewarding education performance and innovation. In fact, just 66% of young people entering Oregon public high schools graduate on time! This means that one-third of the students either drop out or are stuck with struggling GED or alternative degree programs. Now it’s time for Oregonians to return responsible leadership to the office of Superintendent of Public Education.
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Thank you for taking the time to make a difference.

Bob Tiernan,
ORP Chairman