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Buckley files for re-election

Representative Peter Buckley (D-Ashland), the co-chair of the budget writing Joint Committee on Ways & Means, filed today to run for a fourth term in the Oregon House of Representatives in the 2010 election.

Buckley took the helm of the budget writing process for the House during Oregon's worst economic downturn in the last 70 years, and a press release from his office credits him for helping to guide the legislature to a balanced budget that has kept intact vital services such as education, health care, public safety and our court system.

"Peter Buckley had the hardest job in the Legislature last session and he accomplished it with hard work, an open door to all and a great sense of what is needed to get Oregon through these very difficult economic times," said House Speaker Dave Hunt (D-Clackamas County). "Rep. Buckley is an effective leader who is in touch with his district and the needs of his constituents."

Buckley's legislative district covers southern Jackson County, including Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, Jacksonville, Ruch and a small portion of west Medford.

First elected to the House in 2004, he has been a member of House leadership since August of 2005. He served as chair of the House Education Committee in 2007 and as House Majority Whip in 2008 prior to his appointment to the Ways & Means post.

"Oregon has been hit hard by this recession, but we've picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves off and we're ready to move forward again," Buckley said in announcing his campaign for re-election.

"We have protected funding for crucial services such as early childhood education, mental health and drug and alcohol rehab programs, and we have expanded health care coverage to every kid in our state. On the economic front, Oregon is a national leader now in the development of renewable alternative energy, and our reputation for innovation, creativity and progress is going to grow rapidly in the next few years. I greatly look forward to continuing the work we need to do for all Oregonians to prosper."

If re-elected in 2010, Buckley said his priorities will be job creation, investment in education, and increasing Oregon's Rainy Day fund to prevent future disruptions and cutbacks in services when our state hits economic downturns.

"I will continue to work until every Oregonian who wants to work has a decent paying job, until every Oregonian has access to high quality and affordable higher education, and until our state has adequate and stable funding for the services in education, health care and public safety the people of Oregon depend on," Buckley said.