Lincoln County Commissioner Candidate Ken Lundie declines any campaign donations or endorsements from any persons or organizations
Democratic candidate for Lincoln County Commissioner Position 2 Ken Lundie today announced that he will not be accepting any campaign donations nor candidacy endorsements from anyone or any agency, non-profit or otherwise, throughout his campaign. Lundie says the announcement is in reaction to a survey given to him to fill out by the Oregon League of Conservation Voters who are seeking out his positions on various issues near and dear to them. Here is Lundie’s announcement, in full, addressed to a member of the League of Conservation Voters:
Dear Ms. Miller,
I want to thank the Oregon League of Conservation Voters for extending this Candidate for Lincoln County Commissioner the opportunity of participating in the political endorsement process. I must say that I was very impressed with the thought provoking questionnaire that accompanied your e-mail of Friday March 9, 2012; it is obvious that much time and effort went into its creation. Though my environmental credentials (and accomplishments) are well documented and no doubt would rival or perhaps even surpass those of my opponent’s, I must, nevertheless, respectfully decline the offer of participating in the endorsement selection process. The fact that the Democratic incumbent has previously been the deserving recipient of an OLCV endorsement played no part in my decision. That decision was guided solely by a pledge made to the residents of Lincoln County, entered into shortly following my entrance into the Commissioner race, that I would not seek (nor accept) political endorsements or monetary donations of any kind. In past elections in another jurisdictions, I must state that I did court and receive both financial assistance and endorsements from Labor and Political organizations, as well as high ranking State and local politicians along with influential citizens, but I discovered over time that nothing comes without a price. I have promised the voters of Lincoln County, OR that should they be inclined to entrust me with the Elected Office of County Commissioner, I would be an independent voice, not beholding to any person or organization, and endeavor to Represent all County residents, regardless of political affiliation (or non-affiliation). I have the utmost respect for the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, but I believe that the voters of Lincoln County are looking for Candidates who are not afraid of speaking up and taking firm stands on a variety of issues (no matter how popular or unpopular) and I am one such Candidate who will keep his word before, and after, the election. I would like to extend my congratulations, in advance, to all those Candidates who participate in and ultimately become the recipients of the OLCV endorsements.
Candidate for Lincoln County Commissioner, Position #2