Sandy Mayor Stan Pulliam is a passionate leader with a vision for his hometown and a desire to take those ideas all the way to the top seat in Oregon government.
The presumptive gubernatorial candidate visited Troutdale Wednesday evening, April 28, for a listening session to talk about his priorities and, more importantly, hear from voters. All of it is part of an effort, in his words, to "take the state back."
"I'm running for governor because I am sick and tired of what I am seeing in this state," Pulliam said. "I'm not ready to give up on Oregon."
Pulliam, a Republican, came to Troutdale on an invitation from Randy Lauer — acting outside his official capacity as Troutdale's mayor — and because he wants to advocate for small communities.
Pulliam, who grew up in Sandy, describes himself as a believer in the power of entrepreneurs and as a candidate who wants to empower communities and businesses to forge their own paths with little red tape out of Salem.
His listening tour will take him across the state as he attempts to inspire a grassroots movement of support for his burgeoning candidacy.
"Maybe it's time for a different approach — maybe Oregon needs a mayor," Pulliam said.
Much of what spurred Pulliam to consider a run for higher office were the actions of Gov. Kate Brown and other Oregon leaders throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Pulliam has been a vocal decrier of Brown's actions, disparaging her decisions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus.
Pulliam was a leader with the "Open Oregon" movement, that encouraged businesses to reopen New Year's Day under lesser COVID restrictions than what was being mandated at the time.
"If I was a business owner, I would declare I would never shut down again," Pulliam said, adding the onus is on community members to continue to support those who defy state mandates.
Beyond the pandemic, Pulliam lays most of Oregon's struggles at the feet of Democratic leaders like Brown.
"If you don't like what is going on in Oregon, I've got news for you; it's not the conservatives in charge," Pulliam said.
During his event in Troutdale, aptly held in Mayor's Square, Pulliam spoke of his agenda.
He opposes sanctuary cities/states, is a strong advocate for the Second Amendment, wants to invest in infrastructure, backs law enforcement to create safer communities, and supports an increase trade school opportunities. Pulliam spoke of a deep appreciation for Oregon's community colleges, describing them as "gems."
For education he is supportive of school choice, plans to empower local school boards, and wants to end the closures.
While he believes the state should continue to promote COVID vaccines and encourage people to get inoculated, Pulliam would not make vaccinations mandatory.
On the subject of homeless, he has a three-pronged approach: help those who want it, be firm with those who don't, and make the communities safe and clean again.
Pulliam also would take a firm stance against the riots in downtown Portland.
"We have a Multnomah County DA who has essentially legalized crime in Portland," Pulliam said.
Pulliam described Portland as "an unmitigated disaster — a national laughing stock."
Part of his plan would be to triple the size of the Oregon State Police.
"If there are one of those national 'BS' issues happening, I will be the first person to stand up and have (the police's) backs," Pulliam said.
Pulliam also hinted at voter fraud during his speech in Troutdale. He spoke of 40 years of evidence backing those claims — referring to the four decades since a conservative was elected as Oregon's governor. Pulliam cited Portland releasing results after the rest of the state as potentially corrupt because city leaders would know the mark to beat.
He is also supportive of poll watchers and ID-based voting.
Pulliam is in his second term as mayor of Sandy. He was born and raised in the Sandy area, and is raising two daughters in the community where he grew up.
If you want to learn more about Stan Pulliam's gubernatorial campaign, visit stanpulliam.org or follow his campaign on Facebook: Mayor Stan for Oregon
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