To the Editor:

I’m writing in support of a different sort of candidate for Oregon’s Second Congressional District — different because of his independence from party dogma and a real desire to see real benefit to the residents of our district. His name is Tim White, and if you examine his positions, you’ll find that he doesn’t conform to the “identity politics,” which Steve Bannon rightly identified as the Democrats’ vulnerability. Yes, he is in full support of ensuring the rights of all of us, whether we are of a racial minority, LGBTQ, female or male and especially those of us in the working middle class who have been left behind in times of economic boom.

More importantly, he believes we must stop the wave of undoing the progress our country has made on many fronts. Our health care system needs to be fixed, not discarded. Tim believes the ACA deficiencies can be fixed if our representatives would work together and stop the partisan bickering. Our Veterans Administration is in trouble, leaving our heroic military veterans in a sea of paperwork and bureaucratic delays. Tim believes we can do better by providing adequate funding for facilities and staff and by holding the VA management accountable. Remember the economic ditch we were in during 2007 and 2008? The GOP is now proposing to gut the protections put in place to prevent a recurrence of that mess — eliminate Dodd-Frank and the supervisory authority of the Consumer Protection Agency.

So, it’s time for Greg Walden to retire. Can I honestly say Oregon’s Second District is on a stronger economic footing than that of 18 years ago? Are our veterans being better served? Has Walden introduced any legislation of substance during his tenure? I believe the answer to each of these three questions is no. And I think we need someone who will truly represent us.

Take a look at Tim White. I think you’ll find that he will more than measure up on both counts. Visit his website at timwhiteoregoncd2.com for discussions on key issues and how you can support his candidacy.

Gerry Mueller

Bend

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