2015 Platform & Agenda

Independent Party 2015-2016 Platform

The Independent Party of Oregon favors reducing special interest influence over our government processes; increasing transparency in government, particularly with how our tax dollars are spent and how the public's business is conducted in Salem; protecting Oregon consumers, particularly with respect to banks, insurance companies and private utilities; providing incentives for small businesses to thrive and for larger businesses to expand in Oregon in a way that returns more benefits to the public than it costs.

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Bend’s Telfer running for State Treasurer as an Independent

published by the Bend Bulletin
by Taylor Anderson

Chris Telfer, a former Republican state senator and accountant from Bend, told The Bulletin on Thursday she plans to run for treasurer as a newly registered member of the Independent Party of Oregon.

Telfer said she would focus on an anticipated difficulties in state’s next budget from rising Medicaid costs and other potential shortfalls.

She said her run as an Independent is an attempt to return the state to middle and “to try to keep the politics” out of the state treasury.

Declaration of Independents

published by the Portland Tribune
by Jim Redden

Larry Morgan is the potential future of the Independent Party of Oregon — and a good example of why young people especially are shunning the Democratic and Republican parties.

The Oregon Secretary of State’s Office declared the IPO a major party last week after confirming it has more than 5 percent of the state’s voters. That means the state will finance and conduct its 2016 primary election, and the winners will appear on the general election ballot along with the Democratic and Republican nominees.

Oregon’s Independent Party wants to be different

published by the East Oregonian
Aug 21, 2015
by Sal Peralta

I would like to thank the East Oregonian for its recent coverage of the Independent Party’s emergence as Oregon’s third major political party. Your editorial prompted some thoughts about the work we have done and what the Independent Party could mean for the state of Oregon.

First, I would like to caution folks against setting the expectations too high. Although the state is now calling us a “major party,” the reality is that we are just 5 percent of Oregon voters. 2015 is the first year that we have been able to hire paid professional staff.