John Turner

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John Turner
Former candidate for
Oregon House of Representatives, District 58
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps
Years of service28 years
ProfessionCommissioner of the Port of Umatilla
Campaign website
John Turner was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 58 of the Oregon House of Representatives.

He currently serves as commissioner of the Port of Umatilla, as a board member of the Round-Up City Development Corporation and as a member of the Local Reutilization Authority (LRA).[1]


Turner's professional experience includes working as president of Blue Mountain Community College (BMCC) for nine years. He retired as a Colonel in the United States Marine Corps with 28 years of service as an infantry officer.[1]


Campaign themes


Turner's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

Jobs and the Economy

  • Excerpt: "Expand our ability to use our natural resources. Oregon has suffered economically because we haven’t properly utilized our resources. We should be far more aggressive pursuing a balance between creating jobs and protecting our environment."
  • Excerpt: "Unleash small businesses growth. As your representative in Salem, I will work to reduce the regulatory and tax burdens that restrict business expansion and job growth in our communities. Businesses need less government and more access to capital. We need a stronger voice representing small businesses, fighting for less regulation and a more favorable tax climate. With your help, I can be that voice for our community."
  • Excerpt: "Support and train a skilled workforce. We must develop a higher skilled workforce, ensuring that training programs are properly funded and designed to meet the needs of employers. State and local job training programs will lower unemployment and attract new businesses to the region."


  • Excerpt: "Stabilize public education funding."
  • Excerpt: "Restore the K-12 school year."
  • Excerpt: "Reduce class sizes."


  • Excerpt: "Depredation losses to ranchers—including livestock weight loss, declining fertility rates, and property damage—should be fully reimbursed. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife needs adequate funding for wolf control."


  • Excerpt: "Promises made to public employees must be kept, but legal and reasonable steps to trim the cost of PERS need to be considered."



See also: Oregon House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Oregon House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Heidi Van Schoonhoven was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Greg Barreto defeated John Turner in the Republican primary. Barreto defeated Schoonhoven in the general election.[3][4]

Oregon House of Representatives District 58, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGrego Barreto 73.2% 16,728
     Democratic Heidi Van Schoonhoven 24.8% 5,667
     None Miscellaneous 2% 461
Total Votes 22,856



In 2014, Turner's endorsements included the following:[5]


Turner and his wife, Gail, have been married for 34 years.[1]

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