Statesman Journal: Candidate has long fought for veterans

Months after the scandal of Arizona veterans dying while waiting to get off of secret waiting lists broke, Congress might finally do something other than blow hot air at the problem.

Watching this scandal, it is hard to have faith government can do anything.

In Oregon, we have not seen the screaming headline of veterans being forgotten, in large part due to the energy and attention of state government over the last decade.

Among the state leaders who ensured Oregon kept its promises to those who fought for the country was Paul Evans. As senior veterans policy adviser to the governor, he worked tirelessly to ensure no Oregon veteran was left behind, just as he did during 20-plus years in uniform.

We're fortunate Paul is continuing his decades of Oregon service — from volunteer firefighting to serving as mayor, as well as teaching Sunday school — by running to represent us in the Oregon House. Born in Salem, he'll bring an intimate knowledge of the needs of our community. He'll do for House District 20 what he did for Oregon veterans, giving us a leader to be proud of and ensuring no Oregonian is left behind.

Jim Aiken

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