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Gubernatorial wannabe visits

Everybody is invited to Meadow Lakes Restaruant tomorrow afternoon at 1 to meet Ron Saxton, the Portland attorney seeking the Republican nod in the coming race for the governor's office
Community members are invited to coffee and conversation with Ron Saxton, a Portland attorney, seeking the Republican nomination for Governor. The event is to be tomorrow at 1 p.m., at Meadow Lakes Restaurant.
   Saxton is the founder of the Ater Wynne law firm in Portland. He has served as chairman since 1990.
   Saxton was elected to the Portland Public Schools Board in 1997. He also serves on the Portland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, the Juvenile Court System, and Boys and Girls Club.
   Saxton, 47, is one of two Republicans to declare candidacy for the 2002 governor's race. Labor Commissioner Jack Roberts also wants the job.
   According to the state elections office, no one has formally filed as a candidate for governor. Gov. John Kitzhaber's second term in office expires in January 2003.
   But Saxton and Roberts aren't alone in their bids for the state's highest office. Three Democrat hopefuls - former state Treasurer Jim Hill, former Multnomah County Commissioner Beverly Stein and Mike Thorne, former Port of Portland executive director, also have announced their candidacies.
   Born in Albany, Oregon in 1954, Saxton graduated from West Albany High School where he served as student body president. He attended Willamette University, and then attended University of Virginia Law School. He met his wife Lynne in college. They have one son, Andy, a sophomore in college.
   Wednesday's affair is being organized by the Public Affairs Forum of the Chamber of Commerce. The Forum welcomes all state and local candidates the opportunity to meet community members and members of the business community. Please RSVP to the Chamber of Commerce at 447-6304.
   Saxton, who was elected to the Portland Public School Board in 1997, is a former commercial farmer and a native of Albany. He is now chairman of Ater Wynne, a Portland firm that specializes in corporate law.
   He described himself as a fiscal conservative - "to put it bluntly, I'm tight with money" - who understands that every tax dollar is a dollar taken from someone who earned it.
   Among his chief priorities, Saxton has listed education and the state's power supply. The state should cut through the red tape that burdens school administrations and direct dollars to Oregon classrooms, the candidate was quoted as saying.
   Saxton's visit to Prineville is part of a campaign swing through eastern and central Oregon. Yesterday he stopped in Madras and has Bend and Redmond on today's schedule. Later this week he is to meet with business and civic leaders in Fossil. Condon, Boardman, Heppner, The Dalles and Hood River.
   For more on the prospective candidate's background and his plans if elected in the 2002 general election, visit his website at www.saxtonforgovernor.org/