Robert Bruce, a small business consultant from Sandy, announced Monday, Oct. 21, his campaign for Oregon Senate District 26, which spans an area from East Multnomah County to Hood River.

The district includes a portion of Boring, as well as the communities of Sandy and the Mount Hood villages.

“It’s time our communities had a state senator who stepped up and solved the problems facing everyday Oregonians,” Bruce said. “Small businesses continue to struggle and our schools still aren’t getting the funding they need. We can do better and we must do better, and that’s why I’m running for the Oregon Senate.”

At Sandy River Construction Services, Robert works directly with local construction companies to ensure they have all the tools necessary to be competitive and grow in a sustainable manner.

In recent years, Bruce has advocated for small businesses as a member of the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs.

In 2011, Robert helped lead the effort to pass legislation that would have leveled the playing field for small businesses on architectural and engineering contracts. He continues to advocate for policies that would make it easier for small businesses to provide health care coverage to their employees, such as eliminating the exemption for the insurance industry from Oregon’s anti-fraud laws.

“Robert Bruce knows what it takes to focus in and get the job done right, and I trust his leadership when it comes to solving complex problems,” said Annie Kendrick, owner of Kendrick Business Services. “We need Robert in the Senate because he’s got the right priorities and a common-sense approach to delivering results.”

Robert’s campaign has already received endorsements from Sandy City Councilor Grant Baker, former Sandy Mayor Dick Harrison and other community leaders in the district.

“I look forward to talking one-on-one with as many voters in District 26 as possible so I can hear about their priorities,” he said. “As your state senator, I will put the prosperity and vitality of our communities above politics and party-line votes.”

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