Signature Threshold Crossed!
Bend, OR (July 14, 2006) State Senator Ben Westlund (I), Independent candidate for Governor announced today that the campaign has gathered 18,390 signatures. Westlund must submit 18,368 valid signatures by the end of August to qualify for the ballot.
The campaign will continue to gather signatures to account for those signatures deemed invalid. A new law passed during the last legislative session excludes Democrat and Republican voters who participated in the May Primary from signing the petition.
Voters can sign Westlund’s petition by downloading a petition from his website at www.westlundforgovernor.com, by visiting one of his regional offices or by ordering an Action Kit from the campaign by calling toll free 877-544-9222.
RAD: Reaching this benchmark will force sponsors to include Westlund in future governor debates. Westlund's inclusion will raise the level of discussion above the current 'trash' talk of Saxton (the candidate of corporate Oregon) and Kulongoski (the do-nothing, tax everything candidate).