Will Rasmussen

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Will Rasmussen
Candidate for
Oregon State House District 37

Political party Democratic
Profession Attorney
Website Campaign website
Will Rasmussen was a Democratic candidate for District 37 of the Oregon House of Representatives. The primary election was on May 18, 2010 and the general election was on November 2.


See also: Oregon House of Representatives elections, 2010

Rasmussen was defeated in the November 2 general election by Julie Parrish (R).[1]


Campaign themes

Rasmussen's campaign website lists four main issues:

  • Reviving the economy: "It’s going to take hard work and time for things to get back to normal, but we still have a lot going for us when it comes to our economy. This is still the same state with innovative ideas and an independent spirit that have enabled Oregonians to make their mark in a wide range of industries. Our unequaled quality of life remains the best single advantage over other places where small businesses can choose to start and grow."
  • Strengthening education: "The opportunity to get a good education has helped generations of mothers and fathers support their families and ensure that their children can do better than they did. Access to quality education has empowered Oregonians to become leaders in business, science, and the arts."
  • Making government more accountable: "We need leaders in Salem who will be good stewards of our tax dollars making sure our schools are open, police are protecting our community and our farms and forests are protected. Will Rasmussen is a native Oregonian who understands that our promise of a great future depends on government’s ability to stick to a budget and manage the bottom line."
  • Protecting our environment: "Will grew up in neighborhoods filled with parks and green spaces to explore. He wants future generations to grow up in a community that cherishes and protects our open spaces and quality of life. Will also sees the preservation of our quality of life as a key part of Oregon’s long-term economic development strategy."

Independent Party Questionnaire

Rasmussen responded to the Independent Party of Oregon questionnaire.[2] Below are a selection of paraphrased answers, as well as some direct responses.

  • Q: What is your #1 priority?
  • A: "Getting Oregon's economy back on track. As the Vice Chair of the Oregon Business Association Good Government Committee, I have seen how challenging it is for businesses to grow right now."
  • Q: What programs would you cut to make up the budget shortfall?
  • A: "Until we’re out of the recession, state government has to do a much better job of focusing on the most important public services. In tough times, state government can’t be all things to all people. It’s vital that we protect funding for quality education from the early grades through college and affordable health care. I would raise revenue by helping Oregon's economy grow."
  • Q: What is your best idea to promote economic development in Oregon?
  • A: "My plan includes providing more loans to local small businesses that create jobs and supporting renewable energy initiatives to create jobs and reduce global warming. I’m also working with business leaders like the Oregon Business Association, an early endorser of my candidacy, to find innovative ways to help local small businesses weather the recession."
  • Q: Should the Attorney General and Secretary of State enforce Measure 47 limits on political campaign contributions?
  • A: "I think judicial precedent makes a constitutional amendment necessary to limit campaign contributions in Oregon."
  • Q: Do you favor amending the Oregon Constitution, if ultimately necessary, to allow reasonable limits on campaign contributions in state and local candidate races?
  • A: "Yes."
  • Q: Do you support "fusion-lite" with multiple parties nominating a candidate?
  • A: "Yes."
  • Q: Do you support regulation to control health care costs and give the Insurance Division greater power to limit unreasonable rate increases and allow citizen participation in cases involving insurance rate hikes?
  • A: "Yes."
  • Q: Should non-affiliated voters be allowed to vote in the primaries of the major parties?
  • A: "I am undecided. There are reasonable arguments on both sides of this question."
  • Q: Should Oregon adopt a nonpartisan commission of retired judges to reapportion its congressional and legislative districts?
  • A: "The initiative petition (IP 50) does not appear likely to qualify for the ballot. Any proposed alternative to our current system must ensure that the redistricting process is accountable to the voters."
  • Q: What is your best idea for making government in Oregon responsive to the public interest and less consumed with the desires of special interests?
  • A: "Substantive initiative reform to reduce the impact of special interest in that process."


  • The Oregonian
  • The Tualatin Times
  • Independent Party of Oregon
  • Oregon Business Association PAC
  • Stand For Children
  • Oregon Education Association
  • American Federation of Teachers - Oregon
  • Oregon Nurses Association
  • Oregon State Council of Retired Citizens
  • Oregon Building Trades Council
  • Oregon State Police Officers Association
  • Oregon State Firefighters Council
  • Tualatin Valley Firefighters
  • National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 82
  • Oregon League of Conservation Voters
  • Sierra Club
  • ClimatePAC
  • SEIU
  • Oregon AFL-CIO
  • The Mother PAC
  • NW Sportfishing Industry Association
  • Oregon Association of Plumbing-Heating Cooling Contractors
  • Social Workers PAC
  • Basic Rights Oregon PAC
  • United Transportation Workers


Campaign Address

4020 Robin Place, Unit 23 West Linn, OR 97068

Campaign email


External links

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