Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Shelly Boshart Davis To Represent House District 15 

ALBANY, Ore. – After almost 8 months on the campaign trail, Shelly Boshart Davis was elected as the new representative for House District 15. With unofficial results coming in at 56.71%, Boshart Davis won a resounding victory over her two opponents.

Boshart Davis and her campaign knocked almost 5,000 doors and called nearly 19,000 voters to share her message of balance, leadership, and common sense. This grassroots approach reflected her desire to listen and work toward solutions.

“I am honored to be selected to represent the area I have spent my whole life in. I am so thankful for the outpouring of support from so many; those who volunteered time, contributed funds, and cast their vote for me. I look forward to working for House District 15 and being the advocate for the issues that are important to all of us. I am committed to tackling the tough problems we face.”

Boshart Davis will be sworn into office after the first of the year and begin her work as a legislator in the 2019 session.


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NFIB Endorses Shelly Boshart Davis

ALBANY, Ore. – The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) has been one of the nation’s leading advocates for small and independent business for the last 75 years. Yesterday, they endorsed Shelly Boshart Davis and a string of the pro-small business advocates in Oregon. NFIB Oregon PAC chairman, Alan Brown had this to say about the endorsement:

“Heading into the 2019 legislative session, we need as many pro-small business lawmakers as possible in the Oregon Legislature. [Shelly has] demonstrated both an understanding of the key issues facing small businesses in Oregon and an ability to win in November.”

According to the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council, Oregon ranked in the bottom 10 states in business-friendly policy climates in 2017. However, small business makes up nearly 98% of businesses in Oregon and employ almost 55% of workers. In addition, with the recent small business tax blunder by the Governor, it is clear we need legislators in Salem that have the knowledge and experience to fix this disparity.

As a small business owner, Shelly knows the details of overregulation, burdensome taxes, and pervasive licensing costs. She has been a tireless advocate for small businesses in District 15, from her work with the Albany Chamber of Commerce to testifying before the legislature.

Boshart Davis released the following statement:

“Small business is the backbone of our economy, and we cannot continue to pick on them. We must make it easy for them to do what they do best: create jobs. When small business thrives, it creates better communities for all of us. They are our friends, our neighbors, and community leaders. When we lift the heavy burden of regulation and taxes, business owners can invest in their employees, back into their business, better support their communities – making each stronger. These are jobs, these are people, these are families, we must remember this. I look forward to advocating for small business in the legislature." 


Shelly Boshart Davis Wins Big on Primary Day

ALBANY, Ore. – Last night, Shelly Boshart Davis locked up the Republican nomination for House District 15. As the candidate who is endorsed by retiring Rep. Andy Olson, Boshart Davis will face Democratic nominee, Jerred Taylor and Independent challenger, Cynthia Hyatt in November.

Boshart Davis received 5,498 votes in the not yet certified primary election results. In a year that had a 16-year low voter turnout rate, District 15 Republicans turned out for Shelly at a rate of 37%, beating the statewide numbers by nearly 7%. This show of support sends a message that Oregon is ready for leaders like Shelly.

Boshart Davis released the following statement:

“I am honored to have such strong support behind me. I have enjoyed getting to know voters and getting to know the complex issues of our district. This is the first step in bringing change to Oregon. We have a lot of work still to do in the run up to November, but I am excited to go forward as the Republican nominee for District 15. I look forward to earning support from all people in this district.” 


Shelly Boshart Davis Talks Transportation with U.S. Dept. of Commerce

ALBANY, Ore. – Last week, Shelly Boshart Davis, candidate for the Oregon Legislature in House District 15, was invited as an expert on transportation to discuss issues facing the Pacific Northwest’s ports with the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Boshart Davis, along with other experts from around the Pacific Northwest, met in Seattle on April 20th for a morning meeting with Administration officials to talk about barriers to trade and how to improve trade and port productivity. As head of International Sales and Marketing for her family’s farm, she emphasized the need for our ports to be efficient and competitive:

“If people want an iPhone, they will pay what is charged for that brand. But in agriculture, we are mainly selling products with no brand, which can be purchased elsewhere in the U.S. or in the world. Our customers have options. If we can’t deliver dependable, affordable product, our customers go elsewhere, which damages our local economy and hurts families and communities.” 

The meeting covered the ailments left over from the 2014-2015 port shutdowns that left American ports looking unreliable. Other topics included:

·       Congestion

·       Ocean carrier rate increases

·       Trucking “Hours of Service” regulations

·       Marine terminal congestion and costs

·       Continuous operation of terminal gates to reduce emissions, costs, and driver turnover

“I have extensive experience and knowledge in transportation and trade and I look forward to taking these skills to Salem. Not only is my family’s livelihood linked to transportation, but many other Oregon farmers’ are too. Around 40% of Oregon agriculture is exported. We need leadership in the legislature that will make sure products can get to market and make Oregon competitive.”


 Shelly discussing PNW transportation, trade and ports with U.S. Dept. of Commerce officials and other experts from around the PNW.

Shelly discussing PNW transportation, trade and ports with U.S. Dept. of Commerce officials and other experts from around the PNW.

Linn County Sheriff Endorsed Shelly Boshart Davis

ALBANY, Ore. – In a wave of continued local support, Sheriff Bruce Riley of Linn County endorsed Shelly Boshart Davis’s campaign for House District 15:

“As a farmer, small business owner, and mother, Shelly understands and appreciates the importance for public safety in our community. She is a strong supporter of our local criminal justice system and an advocate for holding criminals accountable for their actions. As Sheriff, I’m confident Shelly has the moral compass and fortitude to stand up for what is right.”

Sheriff Riley has been Linn County’s chief law enforcer since 2014. As an Albany native, with over 33 years of experience in law enforcement, he in an expert on the issues that face the Albany/Linn County community. Sheriff Riley’s commitment to public service have been exactly the kind of leadership the state needs.

Boshart Davis released the following statement:

“As a mom, safety for our kids is top priority. I am honored by Sheriff Riley’s endorsement. I believe in supporting our law enforcement and appreciate all our local law enforcement agencies and first responders working tirelessly on the behalf of all of us. Their job can sometimes be a thankless one, but I am proud of this community I live in where they feel supported and appreciated! I will work to continue that positive relationship.”


AG-PAC Endorses Shelly Boshart Davis

ALBANY, Ore. – AG-PAC has become the latest group to throw their support behind Shelly Boshart Davis for House District 15. Board Chair, Dave Dillon said:

“Shelly is a remarkable leader in her community. She has proven herself in her own business and as an effective advocate for farm and ranch families and other local business families and their employees. Rarely have I seen a candidate so well-prepared to make an immediate and positive impact in Salem as Shelly Boshart Davis. In an era where so much about Oregon politics can be discouraging, Shelly is a candidate who gives us reason for optimism and hope.”

AG-PAC was established in 1989 as a political action committee focused on electing legislators who want to give agriculture, forestry, and natural resource-based industries a voice in the legislative process.

Shelly has been a longtime advocate for Oregon agriculture and business. She has grown up in Linn County as a daughter of a farmer and has helped work the family farm. American Agri-Women and Monsanto honored her with the annual “Farm Mom of the Year Award” in 2015.

Boshart Davis released the following statement:

“Agriculture creates about 1 in 10 Oregon jobs, with a $5.4 billion production value equal to roughly 15% of the state’s economy. The opportunity for Oregon’s Agriculture and its effect on the economy is exciting. Oregon agriculture has diversified into markets that are growing. These markets offer the potential to revitalize and encourage an industry that is slowly being recognized as having an increasing role in Oregon’s economic future. A few barriers still exist, transportation - both domestic and international - being one of them. I will bring experience and knowledge in both agriculture and transportation to Salem.”


Governor Fails to Help Oregon Small Business

ALBANY, Ore. – After many calls for a veto, Governor Kate Brown announced her intent to sign Senate Bill 1528.  In a move that some have called “political theater,” the Governor has also called for a special session to deal with tax policy on small business. Her signature is the last step of the processes which would effectively raise taxes on small business and sole proprietors in Oregon. Last legislative session, SB 1528 was passed on party line votes just before the session was recessed.

Late last year, Congress passed the Tax Cut and Jobs Act which allows almost 400,000 Oregon small business to deduct 20 percent of their business income on their federal taxes. SB 1528 disconnects the state tax code from the federal code, therefore closing this deduction to Oregon small business for their state tax forms.

Shelly Boshart Davis, candidate for House District 15, released the following statement:

“As a business owner, I know firsthand the challenges facing businesses in Oregon. Governor Brown missed an opportunity to prove her commitment to small businesses – many of which are in House District 15. Small business is the driver of our state’s economy and raising their taxes is not the solution we need. As a legislator, I will be committed to helping Oregon small businesses succeed.”


Linn County District Attorney, Doug Marteeny Endorses Shelly Boshart Davis

ALBANY, Ore. – Late last week, Linn County District Attorney, Douglas Marteeny endorsed Shelly Boshart Davis’ run for State Representative in House District 15.

“Shelly has an energetic can-do attitude that will serve us well in Salem.  She will bring common sense solutions to the problems we face.  I have worked with Shelly as she served on the Linn County Budget Committee.  I endorse Shelly without reservation. I have great confidence in her commitment to public safety.  Please join me in voting for Shelly Boshart Davis.”

Marteeny, who has held the position as Linn County’s chief prosecutor since 2012, has been instrumental in bringing about a safer community in Albany and surrounding areas. With a background in law enforcement and prosecution, his identification of Shelly Boshart Davis as his choice for state representative speaks volumes about Boshart Davis’ capabilities.

Boshart Davis released the following statement:

“I am honored to receive the support of our communities’ head prosecutor. As a mother my top priority is safety – for my kids, my family, and my community. I look forward to working with Mr. Marteeny to do just that.”


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