BEND, OR -- The four people vying to become Oregon's next State Treasurer debated in Bend Thursday night, in a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters. Current Treasurer Ted Wheeler is Portland's Mayor-elect and was term-limited. He's endorsing fellow Democrat Tobias Read for the post.
Read, a Beaverton State Representative, told the crowd, "I'm running for State Treasurer because I feel like there are too many Oregon families who are struggling to make ends meet. I want to make sure we are not wasting taxpayer dollars, while making it easier for Oregon families to save for college, for retirement, to get ahead. And, that we're addressing the condition of our roads and bridges and schools."
Chris Telfer, of Bend, is running as an Independent. "We really need somebody who's qualified, has the experience and the talent, to be the CFO of the State Treasury," she said at the forum. "And, I believe my analytical skills and background as a CPA for more than three decades, as well as my experience as a Bend City Councilor, State Senator, currently Lottery Commissioner - I think all that experience has qualified me to be the best Treasurer."
Republican Jeff Gudman tried to convince the audience he is the best candidate. "I'm of the firm belief that Oregon's next Treasurer should actually have experience as a Treasurer. I'm the past Treasurer of the Legacy Emanuel Hospital Foundation, where I served almost a dozen years; I was the Treasurer of USA Olympic Swimming; I also have an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business; and a two-term member of the Lake Oswego City Council, where my mantra has been 'Live within our means.'"
Also at the forum, truck driver Chris Henry, the Pacific Green and Progressive Party candidate.