Jim Weidner announces for Nelson House seat

Below is a press release from Jim Weidner:


YAMHILL”” Jim Weidner is seeking the Republican nomination for State Representative in House District 24. The software developer and restaurant owner launched his campaign after filing paperwork with the Secretary of State’s office.

“I’m running to make a real difference for my community and all citizens of House District 24,” Weidner said. “The Legislature just passed $620 million in tax and fee increases, and passed over $920 million in new debt. Government spending is out of control, and as State Representative, I’ll work to bring fiscal responsibility back to Salem.”

If nominated and elected, he said his top priorities will include completing the Newberg-Dundee bypass and other highway improvements.

“The current legislature spends and borrows billions of taxpayer dollars for Portland light-rail, and ignores the problems with our major state highways,” Weidner said. “Dundee is an example of the state’s mismanagement of our transportation system. We need to re-prioritize our transportation spending and make sure Oregon’s major highway projects are funded first.”

Weidner also said he will focus on reforming Oregon’s education system, and increasing accountability over education tax dollars. He will seek to create “an environment where charter schools can flourish, and where parents can maximize educational opportunities for their children.”

Weidner also said he’ll work to protect agriculture and support Oregon’s struggling timber industry.

“I am tired of watching our logging and forest product industries get hurt by senseless and excessive government regulation,” Weidner said. “As State Representative, I will work to boost these industries to improve our rural economy and create more family-wage jobs.”

A lifelong resident of Yamhill County, Weidner and his wife Reyna currently reside in Yamhill and have four sons, Roy, Ray, Jacob and Job. Roy is currently serving in Iraq with the United States Air Force.