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Jackson County man to run for Republican nomination

A former legislator announces his intention to run for the seat in the House, representing the newly created Dist. 55
Former State Representative George Gilman said he will formally announce his intentions to run for the Republican nomination for Representative for the newly created House District 55. Gilman joins Prineville resident Mike Lunn who made public his intention to run for the same position earlier this month.
   Gilman, a Jackson County resident, indicated he will make his announcement formally this morning in White City. The boundaries of District 55 encompasse portions of Jackson and Klamath counties, and all of Lake and Crook counties.
   The Jackson County Republican served a term in the Oregon House of Representatives, 1987-1988. He is currently Director of the Foster Grandparent Program serving Klamath, Jackson and Josephine counties. In making his announcement, Gilman said that "because of his current avocation and his extensive agricultural, legislative and small business experience, he can effectively advocate for the people of District 55 in Salem."
   Gilman's background includes earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Science/Math, 1964 cum laude, Southern Oregon University. For 26 years, he owned and operated a large dairy farm in Jackson County. Currently he is program director of Pacific Retirement Services, Inc., a member of the board of Rogue Valley Manor Community Services and director of the Foster Grandparent Program.
   As a member of the State House, he represented the old District 50 and served on the Business and Consumer Affairs, and Environment and Energy committees.
   After making his formal announcement on the steps of the White City Post Office, Gilman's schedule has him visiting Lakeview on Friday and then driving to Prineville on Saturday. Gilman said he'll be at Meadow Lakes Restaurant at 2:30 Saturday afternoon, to "meet with people, get to know them and let them know me and talk about the issues."