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Tigard Republican to challenge Rep. Galizio

TIGARD - Tigard businessman and Republican Tony Marino announced on Tuesday that he will campaign for House District 35, a seat currently held by Rep. Larry Galizio, a Tigard Democrat.

In a press release, Marino said that he was running because 'politics as usual' is not working in Salem. Marino described himself as an Internet business consultant and broadcaster.

'I stand for 'politics unusual,' because bitter partisanship and special interests are threatening our state's future,' Marino said. 'I am not a politician, and I have no interest in becoming one. My only interest is being a state representative who'll listen to the community and fight for the issues we all care about.'

Among Marino's concerns are worsening traffic congestion on local highways and roads and no accountability for ensuring transportation money is spent by the Legislature to improve transportation.

Marino said that as a state representative he would push to strengthen the Legislature's auditing capabilities to improve the performance of state programs and services. Marino also wants to see mandatory performance auditing for all Oregon schools and wants to target excessive regulations and mandates that are harming small businesses and slowing job growth.

Galizio announced back in October that he would run for a third term. House District 35 includes the areas of Tigard, King City, Southwest Portland and a section of unincorporated Washington County.

Galizio hyped the success of the 2007 legislative session noting the establishment of a rainy day fund, increased investment in education and biofuels legislation. During the 2007 Legislature, Galizio served as chair of the Joint Ways and Means Education Subcommittee that established the budgets for kindergarten through college public education in Oregon.