So, who in the world gets up on a Saturday day off for a campaign event starting at 7:00 am? The sun isn't even up yet! The answer: 108 supporters of Bill Post, Republican candidate for House District 25, covering Keizer, St. Paul, and Newberg.
Keizer's Town & Country Bowl was the site of Bill Post's launch "Pancakes With Post", featuring, naturally, pancakes and long-time friends Russ Walker of FreedomWorks and former ORP chair, Allen Alley, along with Rep. Kim Thatcher.Rep. Thatcher is seeking the Senate District 13 seat currently held by retiring Sen. Larry George. As she related to the breakfast crowd, when in a casual conversation, Post voiced his desire to do more for the state he loves, she exclaimed that he was "just the person" for whom she was looking to follow her in the House.
But Saturday was only beginning. Later that afternoon in Woodburn, local insurance agent Matt Geiger held his own meet-and-greet event to announce his bid as the Republican candidate to unseat Democrat Rep. Betty Komp (Dist. 22). The event was attended by many Republicans, including Marion County Republicans officers David Darnell and Janna Medina, Republican Reps. Julie Parrish and John Davis, and Marion County Commissioner Patti Milne, who are glad to have a good opponent to face off against the incumbent.
Mr. Geiger was recruited by the House Republican caucus and looks to be an ideal candidate. He graduated from Portland's Jesuit High School and earned his BS at Saint Lawrence University, located in Canton, NY, in 1999. He opened his insurance agency in Woodburn in 2004. In 2006 he was named Woodburn Junior First Citizen and Rotarian of the Year in 2011. Since 2005 he has volunteered as the varsity boy's basketball coach at Woodburn High School; in 2011 he branched out and volunteered as the defensive line coach for the varsity football team. Since 2011 he has served on the Woodburn Fire District's budget committee and in 2013 he was appointed to a three-year term on the City of Woodburn's budget committee along with Patti Milne's husband, Stan.