|Former candidate for|
|Oregon House of Representatives, District 58|
|Service/branch||United States Marine Corps|
|Years of service||28 years|
|Profession||Commissioner of the Port of Umatilla|
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).
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.
Turner's campaign website highlighted the following issues:
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."
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.
|Oregon House of Representatives, District 58 Republican Primary, 2014|
In 2014, Turner's endorsements included the following:
- Representative Greg Smith
- Representative Bob Jenson
- Senator Bill Hansell
- Former Senator Dave Nelson
- Larry Givens, Umatilla County Commissioner
- Oregon Right to Life
- Eastern Oregon University College Republicans
- Bank of Eastern Oregon
- Coalition for a Healthy Oregon PAC
- Doctors for Healthy Communities
Turner and his wife, Gail, have been married for 34 years.
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- Oregon State Senate elections, 2014
- Oregon State Legislature
- Oregon House of Representatives
- Oregon House of Representatives District 58
- Official campaign website
- John Turner on Facebook
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Oregon Secretary of State - Candidate list
- Official campaign website, "About John," accessed April 28, 2014 (dead link)
- Official campaign website, "Issues," accessed April 28, 2014 (dead link)
- Oregon Secretary of State, "Official Results - May 20, 2014 Primary Election," accessed July 8, 2014
- Oregon Secretary of State, "Candidate Filing," accessed March 17, 2014
- Official campaign website, "Endorsements," accessed April 28, 2014 (dead link)