John Verbeek

John Verbeek

Republican candidate for Oregon’s 1st Congressional District, which consists of the northwest corner of the state — including Clatsop, Columbia, Washington and Yamhill counties, and a portion of southwest Multnomah County in Portland.

Married, two grown children. Occupation: Business and insurance strategies. Occupational background: Financial services (30 years). Education: University of Georgia (MBA), Nijenrode Business School (BBA).

Precinct committee person and treasurer, Washington County Republican Central Committee; Washington County delegate.

This is the fifth time that I am a candidate for public office — as a citizen politician — and it is my pleasure to give voters a choice. When I received the first ballot after I became a U.S. citizen in 2004, there was only one name for each of the local races. In a free society like ours, that’s shameful. So I ran before for metro councilor (Portland’s tri-county regional government), state senator (twice) and for state representative. Congressional District 1 not only is a larger territory than any of those, but also has better balance of voter registration. I believe voters should re-balance Oregon’s congressional delegation accordingly, for policies that benefit all Oregonians. Most important of which is freedom to believe.

Maintain constitutional rights: Under our Declaration of Independence, we are “endowed by [our] Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” With those rights come responsibility, but many scoffers abuse other Americans. When government maintains order with justice, and promotes opportunity and freedom for all, Americans can be unified and happy.

Invest in transportation infrastructure: I want to see better choices in transportation spending — more lanes, not just light rail.

Right to good health: I want to see federal policies that promote good health, not just drug company profits.

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