To the Editor:

With the excitement of yesterdays filing day, I know many of us are now looking to what the general election holds.  I want you to know that I am backing a particular house district candidate that I believe will represent my district with the best leadership and experience to move us forward.

That candidate is Chuck Lee, who will run as an Independent, in House District 25.  Joining me are a number of prominent supporters from both sides of the aisle, including Gerry Frank, Dick Withnell, Yamhill County Commissioner Mary Stern, and former Newberg education administrator Paula Radich.

While I personally know that this district is tough, I believe Chuck will have the resources and energy to run a successful campaign and win.  The demographics and politics of this district will allow an independent like Chuck to win.  Chuck has spent most of his career as a Catholic school administrator, is pro-life, and has served on the school board and city council.  He helped build Blanchet Catholic School in Salem to an institution that sends 95 percent of graduates on to college.  We need his leadership at the state capitol.

I urge you to join me in supporting Chuck as we head into the general election.  Please visit his website to learn more and contribute to his campaign.

Vic Backlund