Challenging Rep. John Huffman

by: HOLLY M. GILL - Britt StorksonSo far, only one person has filed to challenge State Rep. John Huffman, R-The Dalles, in the May primary, but the candidate is from Huffman's own party and town.

Britt Storkson, 59, of The Dalles, will take on the four-term representative without the benefit of campaign contributions.

"I'm not taking campaign contributions because, number one, I'm not for sale, and two, the politicians end up serving the campaign contributors instead of the citizens," said Storkson, who for the past 20 years has owned P2Flow LLC, which makes computer pressure controls for water pumps and floatless tank fills.

Storkson has been to communities across the far-flung district numerous times to go door to door to hand out his campaign flyers.

District 59 includes about 8,000 square miles and extends from the rural Bend area up to The Dalles, but doesn't include the eastern part of The Dalles. The district jogs northeast to encompass Fossil, Spray and Mitchell, but skips over Shaniko and Antelope.

"It's been very positive going door to door," said Storkson, admitting that "It's going to be a long haul. Huffman's probably got a half-million dollars and that's going to be hard to go up against."

Key issues that have driven Storkson to run include a desire for transparent elections and traceable contributions, a desire to end secret trials and the business or government practice of creating files on individuals.

Storkson ran for a local power company board of directors for 10 years, but never won, and then realized that while the companies are required to have elections, there are no laws that require the election to be fair and impartial.

"It's not what's in the law that's a problem, but what they leave out," he said.

For example, he said, the power company could possibly hold an election and then throw out the votes. "They hold the election and they count the votes," said Storkson. "We don't even have the ability to verify the election."

After appealing to his state legislators without result, he decided to run for state representative.

Storkson is disturbed by what he considers loopholes that allow utilities to indirectly give politicians campaign contributions.

"They give it to trade organizations, who then give it to politicians," he said. "That's a conflict of interest: paying politicians to make sure that business is done the way they want."

When he and his attorney requested information about power company finances, he said, "The judge declared a secret trial, meaning my lawyer and I couldn't talk about anything pertaining to the trial during a period of time. That's not what we are as a country; that's Third World dictator stuff."

Storkson is against the National Security Agency's warrantless surveillance, or nonprofit corporations "maintaining dossiers on private citizens not suspected of committing a crime."

Storkson, a widower, works with farmers, homeowners, golf courses, schools and parks in his business. He can be contacted through his website at, or at 541-296-3792.

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