ONA Endorses Tim Knopp for Senate District 27

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CONTACT: Scott Palmer

Oregon Nurses Association

503-293-0011 ext. 308

oregonrn.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 26, 2012

Tualatin, OR - The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) announces its endorsement of Tim Knopp, Republican from Deschutes County, in the Republican Primary race for Senate District 27. ONA represents nurses throughout the district, including nurses at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend and Redmond.

Nurse members from the district voted to endorse Knopp as the clear choice in the primary race, citing his lifelong connection to the community, his leadership on a wide range of issues such as safe nurse staffing legislation and his long experience in effective governance in the state Legislature. Senate District 27 includes most of Deschutes County.

Steve Rooney, RN, President of ONA and a nurse at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, said, “ONA supports Tim because he is exactly the kind of strong advocate his community needs in the state Senate. We can count on Tim to champion issues of importance to nurses, such as safe nurse staffing and affordable access to health care. These are crucial issues for nurses in the district, and for the patients that we serve. Tim is the right choice in this election.”

Oregon’s 2012 Primary will be held on May 15, with ballots mailed between April 27 and May 1, 2012.

During his tenure in the Oregon State House of Representatives from 1999 – 2005, Knopp served as the Majority Leader and was awarded two “Friends of Nursing” awards for his commitment to nursing issues. Knopp was also inducted into the ONA Legislative Hall of Fame after he left the House of Representatives for his career-long support of priority nursing issues.

Tim Knopp said, "As a legislator it's important to listen to the issues of concern surrounding health care and support quality nurses and care providers as they try to improve care for all Central Oregoinan's. My family has received life-saving care from many of the professional men and women working at St. Charles Medical Center and it's an honor to have their endorsement in my campaign for State Senate."

The Oregon Nurses Association encourages all Senate District 27 Republicans to join our nurses in voting for Tim Knopp for State Senate.

More information on ONA’s other endorsements can be found online at OregonRN.org.