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KBND News covers Brian in Central Oregon

Last week, Brian spoke with KBND news in Bend about his listening tour, his visit to Central Oregon, and why he is exploring a run for Governor of Oregon.

The following are the transcripts of the two versions of the story aired on KBND News on Friday, August 14, 2009. They are presented here courtesy of KBND News and Steve Coffee, news reporter.

Brian Clem in Bend, Version 1:

State Representative Brian Clem of Salem has announced his intention to think about announcing for a run for Governor. He is currently on what he calls a “listening tour” around the state including several stops in Central Oregon. In an informal session with Redmond Mayor George Endicott this (Friday) morning, the Coos Bay native said he wants to “keep Oregon Oregon…”

Clem is especially proud of the two measures he introduced in the 2009 legislature. One is the bill that has resulted in the Metolius River Basin being declared off limits for development. Another allows school districts to buy locally grown foods even if it is not lowest in price. Clem is a Democrat who has served two terms in the Oregon legislature.

Brian Clem in Bend, Version 2:

Brian Clem, a Democrat representative from East Salem, is thinking about a run for Governor. The 37-year-old Coos Bay native is on what he calls a “listening tour” around the state, with stops in Central Oregon. Clem says that Oregon is very diverse with unique issues that need to be solved in unique ways.

Clem says that he wants to “keep Oregon Oregon” meaning that Oregon is a very special place and he wants to keep it that way. He says he will make his decision on his bid for Governor in a couple of weeks.

Posted on August 18, 2009 in listening tour, central oregon.