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Noble beats Moore in bid for state house

via Yamhill Valley Register (edited)

Republican Ron Noble jumped out to a commanding early lead Tuesday in House District 24, which encompasses much of Yamhill county and a portion of Washington County to the north, and a second run of results confirmed victory in the offing.

    With about two-third of the count in, Noble led Democrat Ken Moore 13,130 to 10,894 or 54.65 percent to 45.35 percent. He was running up roughly the same margin in both counties.

    Noble remained cautious to celebrate outright Tuesday evening.

     “We're very happy with the lead,” he said, after seeing early returns. “There's still a few more ballots to count.”

    Moore was defeated even though the Democratic Party diverted a substantial sum from its pro-Measure 97 campaign in an attempt to turn the seat Democratic, potentially giving the party a 60 percent super-majority in the 60-member House. The party currently controls 35 seats, and was pinning its hopes on Moore to provide a 36th.

    The party deployed a barrage of unsubstantiated and misleading attack ads against Noble in the late going. The tactic may have backfired, as many one-time supporters turned on him for launching what they considered an unfounded smear.

    Noble declined to retaliate, sticking to traditional issue-oriented ads and fliers. And he appeared to be on his way to victory, despite being outspent $626,000 to $419,000 in Yamhill County's first million-dollar legislative race.

    The seat has been held by a series of Republicans over the years, the most recent being Jim Weidner, who opted not to seek re-election this year.

    However, Moore ran a strong race against Weidner two years ago, and has been campaigning continuously ever since. That gave Democrats enough to justify a major investment.

    Nearman and Thompson, both from Dallas, raised and spent heavily in their race as well. Nearman was aided by a heavy late infusion from Right to Life.

    He'll Get Things Done

    via Yamhill Valley News Register

    Success in any field is greatly determined by the leadership of the organization and the culture that is formed.

    As Linfield’s head football coach, I place a great deal of importance on this. And as a voter, the No. 1 thing I desire in a candidate is integrity.

    Without integrity, there can be no sustained leadership and therefore no success. I have known Ron Noble for many years, and I have always found him to be a man of integrity and compassion.

    His leadership and abilities have been proven and were demonstrated on a daily basis as McMinnville chief of police. Noble is a man I trust completely, and his track record of service and compassion makes him the optimal candidate for public office as state representative.

    He is intelligent, but more importantly, he is wise. He understands what is important to creating a better community for all of us to enjoy: lower taxes, improved education and a government that truly works for the people.

    He has the ability to create a positive culture in a field that is typically contentious. He is a high output but low ego man of character who will use common sense and wisdom to look out for the best interests of all Oregonians.

    In an era when good men and woman seem hard to find in politics, Noble is an uncommon candidate. He shares the characteristics and common-sense values I look for in a candidate.

    Joe Smith


    Noble Leads Moore in Fundraising Efforts

    Via Yamhill Valley News Register

    "Former McMinnville Police Chief Ron Noble was one of seven Republican legislative candidates receiving large donations from Nike co-founder Phil Knight at the end of September.

    The donations totaled $380,000. Noble received $50,000.

    So far, Noble has raised $213,717, not including the $50,000 from Knight, according to state filing records. They show his opponent, Democrat Ken Moore, has raised $163,156.40. Noble told the News-Register that between the two of them, he expects spending for the race could reach half a million dollars, as both candidates’ parties have focused on District 24 as an important seat.

    The News-Register editorial board met with Noble Wednesday and is scheduled to meet with Moore next week.

    The candidates will participate in two more debates, one hosted by the McMinnville City Club on Tuesday, Oct. 11, and another during the McMinnville Kiwanis Club meeting Thursday, Oct. 20. Both will be in the Grand Ballroom.

    Moore’s largest financial backer thus far has been the the Oregon House Democrats’ Future PAC, which has given the handyman and local TV show host just over $40,000 in several installments in the last month. He also received $25,000 from Oregon AFSCME Council 75, a statewide employee union.

    Knight has financially supported both Republican and Democratic candidates in the past. This year, he limited his giving to Republicans in key races — ones insiders predict could go either way.

    Noble counts Knight as a constituent, but said he did not solicit the contribution.

    He told the News-Register his campaign staff fielded a call asking about his background, positions, strategy and financing. “The next thing I knew, the check was in the mail,” he said.

    Noble said Knight appeared to be spreading money among candidates in key races, not trying to curry any particular influence in District 24, where he is locked in a tight race with Moore. While the money is welcome, he said, he remains committed to personal integrity above all else.

    Knight contributed $80,000 to Rep. Mark Johnson of Hood River; $50,000 to Senate candidate Alan DeBoer of Ashland; $50 each to Noble and fellow House candidates Lori Chavez-DeRemer of Happy Valley, Dan Mason of Hillsboro and Patti Milne of Woodburn; and $25,000 each to Rep. Julie Parrish of West Linn and House candidate Rich Vial of Wilsonville.

    Neither Knight nor Nike have so far commented on the donations. Republicans have called Knight a longtime friend of the state.

    Although his career has been in law enforcement, and he is currently heading campus security at Linfield College, Noble is not stressing public safety above other issues in his campaign. A moderate, he said one of his key goals is restoring bi-partisanship in the Legislature."

    Yamhill Valley News-Register, September 30 - Letters to the Editor

    His record’s strong

    It has been my privilege to know and work with Ron Noble as the chief of police in McMinnville. We worked together for eight years to provide a high level of public safety to our McMinnville community. As chief, he showed leadership within his department, he worked hard to partner with fellow department heads and the city council, and he had a willingness to further educate himself in law enforcement.

    We benefited from those traits and his strong sense of community. I’m excited to voice my support for Ron as he is running for State Representative. He is uniquely qualified to serve our community as state representative as one who understands the needs of people, who has shown a number of years of listening to citizens’ concerns and also as someone who has a record of solving problems.

    I’m impressed with his honesty, integrity and leadership. Having worked at the city level, he understands how a smaller and effective government works and can bring that knowledge and experience to Salem. We need a man who will listen to our needs and represent us with a strong, committed, passionate and positive voice.

    Scott Hill

    McMinnville City Councilor


    A Taxing Issue

    There is a lot of talk out there regarding newly named, Ballot Measure 97. I have grave concerns on the impact this measure will have on Oregon's economy if passed. I will bring financial discipline and financial responsibility to our appropriations process. Another blank check is not what our state legislature needs... [read more] 

    Armed Forces Day 2016

    Beginning with the Revolutionary War, and continuing through today with my son, our family has a proud tradition of serving our country. Today is a day set aside to honor those who defend our Nation and the values for which we stand. I am so grateful to those who choose to serve our country!


    Presidential Proclamation -- Armed Forces Day, 2016

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    The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen who comprise our Armed Forces have defended our Nation and the values for which we stand for generations, answering the call to give up the comforts of civilian life, do whatever it takes to keep us safe, and go wherever they are needed. On Armed Forces Day, we offer our most profound gratitude to the patriots -- at home and abroad -- who have risked their lives so our people can live knowing the fullest measure of freedom and security.

    With courage and honor, our men and women in uniform embody the everlasting responsibility we have to each other and to future generations by giving of themselves to ensure the preservation of our Republic and secure peace throughout the world. It is because of them and the values they represent that people across the globe look to the United States of America in moments of desperation and despair. For the relief they offer, the stability they provide, and the hope they inspire, we owe our service members an extraordinary debt -- one we will never stop working to repay.

    Our country's strength is measured by how we support and take care of our troops. Humbled by the sacrifices they make -- and by the strength of their families -- we stand in support of those who don our uniform and strive to ensure they have every opportunity to pursue the American dream they defend. They give their best for America, and they deserve the best from us. On this day, let us salute these brave Americans and all those who laid down their lives for our safety, and each day, let us remember that we live knowing liberty because of our Armed Forces.

    NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States, continuing the precedent of my predecessors in office, do hereby proclaim the third Saturday of each May as Armed Forces Day.
    I direct the Secretary of Defense on behalf of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps, and the Secretary of Homeland Security on behalf of the Coast Guard, to plan for appropriate observances each year, with the Secretary of Defense responsible for encouraging the participation and cooperation of civil authorities and private citizens.

    I invite the Governors of the United States and its Territories, and appropriate officials of all units of government, to provide for the observance of Armed Forces Day within their jurisdiction each year in an appropriate manner designed to increase public understanding and appreciation of the Armed Forces of the United States. I also invite veterans, civic leaders, and organizations to join in the observance of Armed Forces Day.

    Finally, I call upon all Americans to display the flag of the United States at their homes on Armed Forces Day, and I urge citizens to learn more about military service by attending and participating in the local observances of the day. I also encourage Americans to volunteer at organizations that provide support to our troops and their families.

    Proclamation 9283 of May 15, 2015, is hereby superseded.

    IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twentieth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.


    Peace Officers Memorial Day

    I had the honor of serving as a law enforcement officer in Oregon for nearly three decades. During my career, thirty-two officers died in the line of duty in Oregon, many of whom I knew personally. Families and communities grieve deeply when one of their own is lost. We are indebted to the men and women who choose to place their lives on the line to provide a safe place for all Oregonians to live.

    I am proud to have served with some of the most giving and caring people one could know. Officers who love to serve people, and are willing to run to help someone in need, often placing themselves in danger. I honor, and have the utmost respect for, my friends who continue to serve and provide a better place for us to live.

    I don’t have to tell you that there is a lot of discussion throughout our nation today regarding the police profession and how best to serve our communities. We have a lot of work to do to heal our communities.

    But today, and this week, I ask you to set aside this time to remember more the than 19,000 men and women, and their families, who have given the ultimate sacrifice to serve and protect us.

    And if you have an opportunity, thank the men and women of your community who choose to serve and protect you.



    Proclamation 3537 - Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week
    May 4, 1963

    By the President of the United States of America
    A Proclamation

    Whereas, from the beginning of this Nation, law enforcement officers have played an important role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms which are guaranteed by the Constitution and in protecting the lives and property of our citizens; and

    Whereas, through constant application of new procedures and techniques, such officers are becoming more efficient in their enforcement of our laws; and

    Whereas it is important that our people know and understand the problems, duties, and responsibilities of their police departments and the necessity for cooperating with them in maintaining law and order; and

    Whereas it is fitting and proper that we express our gratitude for the dedicated service and courageous deeds of law enforcement officers and for the contributions they have made to the security and well-being of all our people; and

    Whereas, by a joint resolution approved October 1, 1962 (76 Stat. 676), the Congress has requested the President to designate May 15 of each year as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar week during which such May 15 occurs as Police Week:

    Now, Therefore, I, John F. Kennedy, President of the United States of America, do hereby designate May 15, 1963, and May 15 of each succeeding year, as Peace Officers Memorial Day, in honor of those peace officers who, through their courageous deeds, have lost their lives or have become disabled in the performance of duty.

    I also designate the week of May 12 through May 18, 1963, and the calendar week during which May 15 occurs of each succeeding year, as Police Week, in recognition of the service given by the men and women who, night and day, protect us through enforcement of our laws.

    I invite State and local governments, patriotic, civic, and educational organizations, and the people of the United States generally, to observe Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week in this year and each succeeding year with appropriate ceremonies in which all our people may join in commemorating law enforcement officers, past and present, who by their faithful and loyal devotion to their responsibilities have rendered a dedicated service to their communities, and, in so doing, have established for themselves an enviable and enduring reputation for preserving the rights and security of all citizens.

    In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States of America to be affixed.

    DONE at the City of Washington this fourth day of May in the year of our Lord nineteen hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the United States of America the one hundred and eighty-seventh.


    By the President:
    Acting Secretary of State