|Oregon House of Representatives District 58|
|Years of service||1975 - 1980|
Stephens is the owner of Round Up City Repair, a computer repair and maintenance business. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1975 until 1980, working on a nuclear submarine. Stephens is the former owner of Floyd's Truck Ranch and has worked as a hotel auditor and insurance rep. He is married and has eight children.
On his 2012 campaign site, Stephens outlines his campaign themes:
- "I am not a career politician, lawyer, or doctor. I am a small business owner, who like so many of you, has been stifled by government regulation that costs us and the consumer... With all the money we have spent on safety, health, and schools, we should be the safest, longest-living, and smartest generation ever; but we are not. More laws and money is not the answer; maybe personal responsibility is... The one-size-fits-all mentality for our state needs consideration. Our lives in Eastern Oregon are so different than those in the Willamette Valley, including weather, traffic, and lifestyles. This does not make us or them better, just different. So with different needs, let's not pass laws that lump us all together."
Stephens ran in the 2012 election for Oregon House District 58. Stephens was defeated by incumbent Bob Jenson in the May 15 Republican primary. Jack Esp and Brent Smith also ran. Heidi Van Schoonhoven ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. The general election took place on November 6, 2012.
|Oregon House of Representatives, District 58 Republican Primary, 2012|
|Bob Jenson Incumbent||53.1%||4,367|
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- Oregon Secretary of State, 2012 Candidate Information, "Eli F Stephens"
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