Statement by Governor Ted Kulongoski on Senator Ben Westlund's Withdrawal From Gubernatorial Race

For Immediate Release
August 10, 2006

Contact: Anna Richter Taylor, 503.546.0416

"At every level this election cycle is about the direction of Oregon's future, and on many of the most important issues Oregonians care about Ben Westlund and I want to move the state in the same direction.

"Ben has been a partner over the years in the legislature and he remains a critical partner in the State Senate in our effort to create affordable health care, energy independence and continue growing our economy to provide living wage jobs to the people of Oregon.

"I appreciate on a personal level that this decision was a difficult one to make, and I am confident that Ben made the decision based on how he can best contribute in shaping Oregon's future.

"In the end, we are one Oregon - and Ben helped remind us of that."

Posted on August 10, 2006
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