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.

Taxpayers Association of Oregon Endorses Tim Knopp

Media Notification

To: All Media Date: April 27, 2012 Contact: Tim Knopp Phone: 541-408-5164

(Bend, OR.)—Tim Knopp,Former Oregon House Majority Leader and three-term State Representative, is running for state Senate, District 27. Knopp announced he’s received endorsement of the Taxpayer’s Association of Oregon.

In a statement the Taxpayers Association said, “Tim Knopp has won several Taxpayer Watchdog awards for his longstanding work towards limiting Oregon property taxes, opposing a sales tax as well as opposing all personal and small business income tax increases and opposing gas tax increases. Knopp also provided leadership on Ballot Measure 86 in 2000 that put the Kicker in the Constitution, working side-by-side with the Taxpayer’s Association of Oregon (TAO). In 2003 he led the effort to reform PERS and again worked closely with TAO. With just these two legislative successes he helped save Oregon taxpayers several billion dollars.”

Tim Knopp said, “I’m honored to receive this endorsement from Oregon’s premiere Taxpayer protection group and I have always appreciated the Taxpayers Association of Oregon’s help an input. If Oregon is to thrive again and reach our economic potential we must have sound tax policy and lower taxes that will help small business create more private sector jobs.”

While Tim Knopp was in the legislature he protected and enhanced the Senior and Disabled Citizen’s property tax deferral program, lowered personal property taxes for small businesses and opposed new job killing regulations that strangle businesses.

Knopp received awards from the Taxpayers Association of Oregon during his three-terms in the Oregon House including the Taxpayer Medal of Honor and the Taxpayer Watchdog Award.

Momentum Builds: The Bend Bulletin Endorses Tim Knopp

From The Bend Bulletin We urge voters to support former House Majority leader Tim Knopp over incumbent state Sen. Chris Telfer in the Republican primary for state senate.

It’s not a simple decision to advocate removal of a sitting state senator, but the choice is fundamentally a question of who will be a more effective advocate for Central Oregon and the state. We believe it is Knopp.

Nothing will be more of a driving force for Deschutes County’s future than transforming OSU-Cascades into a four-year institution. The region needs a team effort to get it done.

Two of the principal Republicans in Deschutes County — state Rep. Jason Conger, R-Bend, and state Rep. Mike McLane, R-Powell Butte — have bolted to actively support Knopp. The third, state Rep. Gene Whisnant, R-Sunriver, is mum. Members of the GOP deserting an incumbent for the challenger is a strong message about Telfer’s ability to get along with others. It’s also a repeat performance of the kind of friction Telfer could cause when she was on the Bend City Council.

Our endorsement of Knopp, who is the executive vice president of the Central Oregon Builders Association, is also recognition of what we believe he can do. He comes prepared to legislate. He served in the Legislature for three terms and then he said he left to spend more time with his family.

He built a solid record when he was in Salem. He helped lead the effort to get Oregon’s kicker tax rebate in the state constitution. He helped lead the bipartisan reform of the Public Employees Retirement System that will save Oregon billions of dollars. PERS could use more changes or it will continue to bleed money away from the classrooms and other services. Knopp proved he could do it before, and we want to see him try again.

We are not in complete agreement with Knopp on social issues — notably on abortion or gay rights. We are pro-choice and support civil unions. Knopp is pro-life and supported Measure 36, which amended the Oregon constitution to say that marriage is between one man and one woman.

Knopp’s positions on those issues are a deal-breaker for some voters. But consider that when he was in the Legislature for those three terms, he put his focus on taxes, PERS and jobs. We expect he will do that again and that federal law and his opinions on social issues will be in the minority in Oregon government. Central Oregon needs a leader who works well with the local delegation. Telfer failed to do that. Knopp also has a better chance for success with OSU-Cascades and PERS.

The Bend Bulletin Endorsement