Westlund Plans To Run For Governor as Independent
February 14, 2006
Oregon state Senator Ben Westlund announced Tuesday that he's dropping his Republican party affiliation and launching an independent bid for governor.
Westlund has represented Bend in the Oregon legislature for nearly a decade.
In a press conference at the state capitol he said the state is, in his words, "mired in mediocrity because extreme partisanship too often trumps good public policy."