Claiming that the state needs better leadership to improve Oregon’s rural economy and help put people back to work, Dr. Scott Roberts has made his candidacy official for Senate District 5. Dr. Roberts filed his candidacy papers with the Secretary of State in Salem. He’s filing as a republican. Should he win in the primary, he would face long time incumbent State Senator Joanne Verger, a Democrat, who reportedly has hinted she may not run again. Verger’s long-time friend, Rep. Jean Cowan, also a democrat, recently announced that she will not seek re-election after her long history of political service to the region.
Senate District 5 stretches from southern Tillamook County down through Lincoln County, including Lincoln City and Newport, then into Lane County including Florence and Reedsport and then into Coos County including North Bend and Coos Bay.
In a news release via “The Leadership Forum,” Scott said “I am frustrated with the lack of economic direction and leadership in our state. For too long, there has been no long-term vision for coastal and rural Oregon families, no vision that offers opportunity or success to thousands of unemployed and struggling workers. I possess the experience as a small business health care provider and owner, with the courage to lead coastal Oregonian’s back to the road of vitality and prosperity. ”
Dr. Roberts has owned and operated an oral and maxillofacial surgery practice in North Bend, with a satellite office in Florence. He and his eight employees have treated the residents of the Southern Oregon Coast for over a decade.
Dr. Roberts served on the 2011 budget committee for North Bend School District. He has held various roles with the Oregon Dental Association and American Dental Association, Southwestern Oregon Dental Society, and is immediate past-President of the Oregon Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, having advanced in leadership ranks for six straight years. He has held a board position with a local community church and is currently Director of the Larson Slough Drainage District.
Dr. Roberts is serving his community as an assistant football coach, AWANA helper, sponsor of local athletic teams and Bay Area Young Life, and Bay Area Chamber of Commerce member.
Scott and his wife Michelle have four children, ranging in age from 11 to 3.