Rep. Buehler Plays Role In First Independent Party Meeting

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Feb 24, 2015

A bipartisan majority of state legislators who earned the Independent Party nomination gather to share ideas, plan for future…

Salem, Ore. – Members of the Oregon House and State Senate who were elected in 2014 as nominees of the Independent Party of Oregon gathered today in Salem for a first-ever meeting. The meeting was convened by Rep. Knute Buehler and attended by Democrat and Republican members as well as representatives of the Independent Party organization.

“More and more Oregonians reject the narrow labels that too often define politics today. It was an important step in breaking down partisan barriers and putting ideas ahead of ideology,” said Buehler.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss legislative priorities, the future role of the Independent Party in Oregon and how elected officials can make working across partisan lines more common. The group plans to meet regularly during the legislative session.

“Oregonians are hungry for leaders willing to look beyond narrow labels and set aside rigid partisanship to improve our schools, boost the economy and make government work smarter. I hope the goodwill of today’s meeting can be put into action to improve the lives of Oregonians and make our elections more inclusive,” said Buehler.