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Legislators must be reminded of ‘what Oregon stands for’

Oregon continues to draw new residents, even with the economic recession. The last decade saw almost a 12 percent population increase in Oregon because the rest of the country is catching onto what we have always known – that Oregon is a beautiful place to call home and Oregonians are wonderful people to call neighbors. Unfortunately, this beautiful state we love is being steered from a course of progress down a slope of pitfalls. It’s time to elect leadership that stands with the people of Oregon. It is time to remind the Legislature in Salem what we stand for.

In a word from Tom McCall, Oregon stands for “livability.” This state is blessed with an abundance of natural resources, from which innovative Oregonians have created businesses spanning numerous industries. It is our duty to continue using these resources with care, so future generations can enjoy the natural beauty, industry and bountiful energy we have today. We must plan today for the workers of tomorrow. Our farsightedness will protect the environment and outdoor recreation we love, while growing our local businesses. Oregon stands for the balance of land use and conservation. As Oregonians, we stand for this balance.

Oregon in the past has always welcomed new jobs and businesses. Recently however, the state Legislature has undermined the ability of entrepreneurs and small businesses to create jobs by levying harsh new taxes. To short circuit the debate, the tax advocates characterized their opponents as “rich” and “greedy.” As Oregonians we must stand together when it comes to paying for government services. We cannot allow the majority consistently to tax a small minority to cover budget shortfalls due to mismanagement of funds. If we do, our businesses will leave and become Washington’s businesses.

As we revive the spirit of innovation by rewarding entrepreneurship, we must look also to shaping Oregon’s future citizens. Oregon has always stood for education. Yet, this year, Oregon’s education system was ranked in the bottom five states in the nation by Education Week’s Quality Counts report. We must provide stable and adequate funding for our children’s schools. We cannot divert school funds to pet projects catalyzed by special interest groups or to online schools. How can we hope to pass on a legacy of innovation if we do not give our children the tools to spell the word “innovation?” Oregon can have great schools, if only we have a Legislature committed to education that puts children ahead of all adult interest groups.

We must remind the Legislature what Oregon stands for. Like Tom McCall before me, I stand for independent thinking, dynamic business development, protecting and using our state’s natural resources and putting children first. I stand for Oregon.

Steve Griffith is a Republican candidate for Senate District 19, which covers Southwest Portland, West Linn, Tualatin, Lake Oswego.

Published in the West Linn Tidings on May 6th 2010 http://www.westlinntidings.com/opinion/story.php?story_id=127301431699447800  and published in the Lake Oswego Review on May 6th, 2010 http://www.lakeoswegoreview.com/opinion/story.php?story_id=127309470340796000

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West Linn Tidings Endorses Steve!

West Linn Tidings Endorsement

“…we feel that Griffith brings to the seat someone who can work across party lines to achieve the best for all of Oregon.

At a time when it seems that too many politicians strictly follow their party’s rhetoric, Griffith appears to us to be the type of candidate to march to his own drum.”

Full article: http://www.westlinntidings.com/opinion/story_2nd.php?story_id=127301383264727500

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Lake Oswego Review endorses Steve!

That’s why in this race, we give the nod to Steve Griffith…Having served on the Portland School Board and as a volunteer teacher within the district, Griffith brings an extensive education background to this position. In addition, he has also worked as a probate lawyer for the last 30 years which he says gives him the ability to write good legislation.”

Full article: http://www.lakeoswegoreview.com/opinion/story_2nd.php?story_id=127309348129899500

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Tigard/Tualatin Times Endorses Steve!

“We give the nod to Steve Griffith, a volunteer teacher, who once served on the Portland Board. Griffith would bring extensive educational background if elected to the state Senate. And he says that his 30 years of employment as a probate lawyer will provide him the skills to write good legislation.

Griffith’s priorities include jobs, educational finance and ensuring that government is non-partisan. He would like the state to do a better job of monitoring how its agencies perform, as well as controlling costs.”

For the full article: http://www.tigardtimes.com/opinion/story.php?story_id=127310820315017300

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Willamette Week Endorses Steve!

Today the Willamette Week announced its choice of candidates for the upcoming elections and Steve Griffith is their choice for Senate District 19! They wrote, “Kremer is smart, but her very narrow focus and lack of civic involvement puts her a distant second to Griffith, a lawyer who served two terms on the Portland School Board.”  This week, Steve has gained the support of the Willamette Week and the Oregonian.  Steve is honored and humbled by the recognition.  He is pleased that his message is being heard and that the community if rallying behind it.  He feels that with everyone together, we can move Oregon forward and resolve the difficult issues facing our State. 

For the full Willamette Week article click this link: http://wweek.com/editorial/3625/13975/

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The Oregonian Endorses Steve Griffith for Senate District 19

After intensive interviews and research into the candidates, the Oregonian has endorsed Steve Griffith for the Senate District 19 seat.  Steve could not be more thrilled to receive the endorsement.  He is pleased that after a great discussion during the interview, the Oregonian found his experience and approach to the issues to be up to the difficult challenges that are now facing Oregon.  Follow the link below to read the Oregonian’s full endorsement article. 

http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2010/04/four_picks_for_the_oregon_sena.html

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Griffith Receives Outpouring of Support from the Education Community

Steve is quickly gaining support from the education community.  He has received endorsements from teachers, parents, students, school board members, principals and superintendents.  Education reform is one of the most important issues on Steve’s agenda. 

While Steve has a plan to turn Oregon education around, he knows he cannot do it alone.  To solve our problems will require the whole educational community working together despite their differences and it seems clear Steve is the candidate they can rally around. 

Oregon State Superintendent

 “Steve has vast experience and an unending passion for educating our youth.  He will work with teachers, parents and students to make Oregon a leader in education. “  

Norma Paulus, former State Superintendent of Public Instruction

President University of Oregon

“Steve is running for office for all the right reasons.  His unquestioned integrity will bring people together, to move Oregon forward.”

Dave Frohnmayer, former president University of Oregon

School Board Chairs

“I have known Steve for over 15 years, beginning when we overlapped as elected volunteer members of the Portland School Board for two terms.  My husband, David, and I enthusiastically endorse him as a candidate for the State Legislature.  He is intelligent, caring, incredibly hard-working and invested in the issues that are critical to Oregon.  Whether it is about creating jobs, solving complex environmental problems, or supporting public education, Steve will tackle that issue with his great energy and will work with others in constructing effective solutions.  Steve is about the most non-partisan person we know, since it is always his values and ethics that guide how he approaches an issue- not party politics.  We continue to be impressed with how he seeks out diverse viewpoints to learn more about various challenges and we admire him as an excellent example of an involved, committed servant-citizen.” 

Carol Turner, former Portland School Board chair  

“Steve Griffith has truly exceptional credentials when he says he cares about education in Oregon.  He has served on the school board of the State’s largest district, and has spent serious time in the classroom teaching.  He understands the obstacles to improving education in Oregon and is willing to take them on; and is not beholden to any particular constituency.”

Bill Swindells, Lake Oswego School Board Chair

Portland Superintendent

 “Steve Griffith was an outstanding school board member.  He will make an outstanding legislator.  Steve reads deeply to understand the trends and factors that affect public education.  He sees the connections between what we do today and what we become tomorrow.  His ultimate test is the welfare of the child.  He never gives up.  He brings people together to solve the hardest problems.  You want him in the Oregon legislature.”

Matthew Prophet, former Portland Superintendent                                  

Principal

“I have known Steve Griffith for over twenty years, and I am proud to endorse him for the Oregon Senate. Whether leading the Portland Public Schools Board of Education or teaching high school students about the U.S. Constitution and civic engagement, Steve’s focus on improving public education is at the core of his commitment to public service.  Steve will be a thoughtful leader and collaborator, and he will always consider what is best for Oregon’s children.”

Peter Hamilton, retired Lincoln High School Principal

Teachers

“Steve Griffith, a gifted teacher himself, understands that education is more about inspiration, about the connection between students and teachers, than about bureaucratic demands.”

Jeff Edmundson, Lincoln High School teacher

“To anyone who cares to listen, Steve Griffith is a man of refreshing honor and integrity who has a passion from bringing out the best in young people.”

David Bailey, Lincoln High School teacher

“As Steve’s co-teacher of the Lincoln High School Constitution class, I know he cares deeply about student learning and quality teaching, and is committed to supporting and funding a school system that meets the needs of Oregon’s future citizens.  In the classroom, Steve is a thoughtful teacher and a good listener, both qualities I believe will inform his decisions about educational policy in the Oregon Senate.”

Tim Swinehart, Lincoln High School teacher

Steve Griffith was the coach of our daughter’s neighborhood soccer team.  While he wanted the girls to win, it was evident to the parents that it was more important to Steve that he was preparing the girls to succeed in life.  Steve is positive, upbeat and enthusiastic – about kids, about people, and about life. 

Katie Teach, Lake Oswego High School teacher

Parents

“You know, actions speak louder than words.  Steve not only says he supports our children and wants to create a world class educational system for them, he does something about it.  Form his years of tireless work as an unpaid commissioner on the Portland School Board, to his years of volunteerism, teaching students about the US Constitution, Steve has always been committed to improving education and education opportunity in Oregon.  I know that the educators and children of Oregon will be well-served with Steve in the Oregon Legislature.”

Thomas Blume, parent

“I have seen Steve Griffith educate our kids through team sports and other activities.  As a coach and leader of young people, Steve’s inclusive and respectful approach has made them better people, athletes and teammates.  He has my whole hearted endorsement.”   

Louis Sloss, youth coach and Wilson High School parent                   

“Steve Griffith is an outstanding individual, a great leader and one of the most dedicated teachers our children have ever had.  Under his mentorship, both of our daughters discovered a passion for learning and a commitment to excellence that remains with them today.  As parents, we wish every young adult could experience such a positive transformational experience during their high school years.  Way to go, Steve!”

Maureen and Fred Wearn, Lincoln High School parents                    

Students

“I was lucky enough to have Steve Griffith as my coach in the ‘We the People’ program, and I think back fondly to brilliant impromptu lectures about the Constitution or comprehensive advice on research or speaking. Steve Griffith realizes that a personal investment in education is vital to students’ engagement and understanding, and his sound judgment and genuine compassion are just what schools in Oregon need.”

Forrest Alexander, Portland State student                                      

“As a teacher and a mentor, Steve is incredibly enthusiastic about sharing his vast knowledge with his students.  His ability to communicate his passion for constitutional law, to engage students in the topics discussed, and to explain complex legal concepts with innovative techniques has made Steve the best teacher I have ever had.  As a legislator, Steve’s emphasis on education will play an important role in his decision making, and he will use his experience as an inspiring teacher to bring innovative ideas to the discussion table.” 

Naomi Dann, Lincoln High School student

 “Constitution Team was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve ever had, and a large part of that was thanks to Mr. (or Steve) Griffith. Even at 7 in the morning, he was always animated, passionate about politics and citizenship, and challenged us not just to think but to act. He is one of the most intelligent people I know but has that even rarer ability to share his knowledge and excitement with others. As a member of the Oregon Senate, he’ll have brilliant ideas and will be able to motivate others to join him.”

Lisa Frank, student                          

“Mr. Griffith has been the most inspirational teacher I have ever worked with.  He has been involved with the Lincoln Constitution Team program for years, and is involved with many other philanthropic organizations.  He is the most kind, humble, and intelligent role model a kid could ask for.  He makes the constitution relevant and interesting, and has turned a group of teenagers into politically aware, confident, active citizens.”

Hannah Gold, Lincoln High School student

“Mr. Griffith’s enthusiasm for knowledge made it worth waking up for class.  He expected us to be intelligent and hard working, and so we were.  He wanted us to understand complex issues and speak profoundly of them, and so we did.  He wanted us to become intellectual students of moral integrity, and so now that is what we are.  Because of his belief in his students, I have achieved more in the past year and a half than I knew I was capable of.  Steve Griffith is the kind of leader who brings out peoples’ abilities to achieve their best.”

Callie King-Guffey, Lincoln High School student                               

“I’ve known Steve Griffith since 2004, when he was the head coach and mentor of the Lincoln High School Constitution class.  I count that course as one of the most fun and intellectually rewarding experiences of my high school career, largely due to Mr. Griffith’s passion for US History and Constitutional law.  For an impressionable sophomore, his excitement not only made learning exciting, but also made me acutely aware of my civic duty as a citizen and the importance of American constitutional ideals.  After a narrow loss to Grant High School in January, Mr. Griffith still took time out of his very busy schedule to teach a seminar on several topics we were interested in exploring.  It’s a testament to his ability as a teacher that almost the entire team opted to continue with this seminar, which involved a heavy reading list and was perhaps the closest I came to a college level course in high school.  In my mind, Mr. Griffith seems to value the most important aspects of education.  In doing so he inspires a desire to learn that is too often absent in public education today.”

Neal Pisenti, Harvey Mudd student                                

“When he teaches, Mr. Griffith’s enthusiasm and energy are on vivid display, and they are infectious.  You can’t help but be impressed with Mr. Griffith’s passion for the subject matter and the attention he gives his students.”

Jonathan Pulvers, Pomona College student                                  

“My first memory of Mr. Griffith was when a group of peers and I banged the front of his car with a frisbee as we played at his beach house one summer.  Instead of getting upset, he laughed and hopped out of his car to welcome the thirty teenagers spending a cramped weekend in his home. That night, I listened to what would be the first of many lectures by my Constitution Team coach. His method of engaging us–through his words and ideas, and using a pillow to explain checks and balances, for example–were things I would use exactly one year later, when I myself began to teach. Today I am a volunteer teacher of future American citizens.  Without Steve Griffith’s influence, I would likely not be. I doubt I would understand the formation of our democracy, let alone the political philosophies that led to it. And above all, I would not share the same passion he holds for all of this, and for learning in general.  These few lines do not do him justice; a vote for him will.”

Emilie Segura, Lincoln High School student                   

“Mr. Griffith was an inspirational teacher. He poured his heart and soul into teaching us about the Constitution, about the foundations of our legal system, and about the philosophy, history and current application of the law. He coached us on our public speaking and pushed us to be better students. Because of him, the Constitution team was one of my most memorable and educational activities in high school. Mr. Griffith understands how students learn best, what they need to really thrive and achieve their potential. I have no doubt that he would make education, particularly our public schools, a high priority in the Oregon Senate.”

Jackie Weiss, UCSF Medical School student

“Steve Griffith has been a teacher, a mentor and a friend to me. I have never seen someone teach as passionately as he does, nor inspire that same passion in students. He truly understands the nature of learning in the classroom, and that kind of experience is key to solving the problems that our schools face everyday. New standardized tests and revised benchmarks simply aren’t enough to fix Oregon’s educational system. We must prioritize our youth’s future – Oregon’s future – by investing in education as if we mean it. I have no doubt in my mind that Steve is the best person to make that happen.”

Louis Wheatley, Lincoln High School student                           

“Steve is a phenomenal teacher, mentor, and friend. As a former Lincoln Constitution Team alumna, I’ve had the honor of knowing Steve since 2004, and I can speak to his unwavering dedication to education and commitment to his students. As a teacher, he was engaging and inspiring. As a mentor, he reached out to us and offered guidance and advice on the academic, professional, and personal aspects of our development, and has continued to act as a coach and cheerleader in our lives over the years. I am extremely excited that Steve is running for the Oregon Senate, and I am confident that he will show the same level of dedication and passion for quality education as a Senator, as he has shown to his countless students.”

Jiying Zhang, University of Pennsylvania student

I couldn’t be more excited Mr. Griffith is seeking to contribute his voice to education issues in Salem because, as an educator, Mr. Griffith has been one of the most inspiring figures in my life. Looking back, I can’t believe the time and energy Mr. Griffith devoted to his students on the Constitution Team. Clearly, Mr. Griffith’s own  reward was watching us grow – watching us work hard, think carefully about our community, make “civics” a part of our daily lives. The knowledge – the passion – he passed on to us has made us better citizens, eager to give back. Mr. Griffith’s lesson is one that stays with you and it’s hard to overstate how grateful I am for it. Go Griffith!
Morgan Williams, St. John’s University student

“I remember when, as a sophomore on Steve’s “We the People” constitutional law team, Steve took twenty minutes to ensure that my peers and I understood the word “heuristic” and the implications of heuristic voting in Congress. Steve’s zeal for teaching has inspired so many young people, including myself, to respect the history and intellectual groundwork of American government and jurisprudence.”

Austin Shiner, Yale student

“I first met Steve Griffith as a member of the Lincoln High School Constitution Team.  I joined the team not knowing exactly what to expect, but was instantly transported to a world of Plato and Aristotle by the passionate Steve Griffith.  Learning about the philosophical foundations of the Constitution from Steve is something I will never forget.  His willingness to meet in his office on Saturdays to discuss history and philosophy for hours on end was a reflection of his dedication to our education.  As a second year student at USC Law School, I am often asked why I decided pursue an education in law.  As a high school student without a single family member in the practice of law, Steve Griffith showed me the intelligence and enthusiasm of truly exceptional lawyers.  I knew after that point, that one day, I wanted to be an attorney just like Steve.  Steve has been a mentor and friend for almost a decade.  His passion for learning, and for others, would certainly make him an asset to Oregon’s State Senate. Vote for Steve!”

Heather Habes, recent University of Washington graduate

“Steve is one of the most influential teachers I have ever had. In his classroom, the process of examining an issue from all sides was always more important than the conclusions reached. He treated my education with care, and I know he would do the same for all his district members.”

Sarah Young, University of Rochester student

“I believe my love of politics and world events started in the tenth grade, when I joined my high school Constitution Team. In addition to learning about world events and how the United States Constitution and Bill of Rights related to those events, I also gained more insight into the type of person I would like to grow up to be. My Constitution Team coach, Mr. Griffith, is the most inspiring person  I have ever met. He has been involved with my high school Constitution Team for years and is always willing to volunteer his time for his students and others in the community. He shows that there is never a limit to how much one can give back to his or her community. Even though his accomplishments would fill up hundreds of pages, Mr. Griffith remains the most humble and kind role model I know. I hope to follow Mr. Griffith’s example of generosity and political awareness. I cannot think of a more qualified and dedicated candidate for the Oregon State Senate than Mr. Griffith.”

Vicki Sun, Northwestern student

Mr. Griffith is devoted, passionate, and caring. His drive to help students learn is incomparable. Mr. Griffith not only believes in teaching others, he believes in helping them to see the value of education. With Mr. Griffith’s help, I have become a better civic citizen and a more aware student. I have been fortunate enough to have had a small amount of Mr. Griffith’s love of learning rub off on me–if every student were to have this chance, Oregon would certainly have a better tomorrow.”

Dana Bacharach, Barnard student

*Members of Steve’s current Lincoln High School students were excluded from giving endorsements and from participating in the campaign so as not to adversely impact the student-teacher relationship.

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Senate Candidate Steve Griffith leads students to Nation’s Capitol for Constitution Competition

UPDATE:

Congratulations are in order to the Lincoln High School Constitution Team!  After a difficult day of competition between the top ten finalists, Lincoln took home fourth place over all out of the 52 competitors.  They have worked hard this year and Oregonians should be proud of the way Lincoln represented them at Nationals. Congratulations Lincoln Constitution Team!

Update:

Last Thursday, Oregon Senate hopeful Steve Griffith escorted the Lincoln High School Constitution Team to Washington, DC to represent Oregon in the National Competition.  Fresh off the plane and mussed by jetlag, the Constitution Team faced their first round of questions and formidable judges, including state Supreme Court judges, public officials, attorneys and political journalists.  Out of the fifty states, District of Columbia and the Northern Mariana Islands, it was announced yesterday that Lincoln had won Oregon a spot in the top ten and a chance to compete today in the final round for the National title. Steve Griffith could not be more proud of his students and has high hopes for the outcome of the competition.  By this evening, the final results will be in.  Stay tuned!And for those who have not seen it already, the Lincoln Constitution Team has made a blog.  Check it out at:  http://lhsconteam2010.wordpress.com/

This week, the Lincoln High School Constitution Team is heading to the National Championship in Washington, DC led by their coach and Oregon Senate hopeful, Steve Griffith.  In the months leading up to their departure, Griffith spent hundreds hours of study with his students at his downtown law office at Stoel Rives LLP.  Each student can now explain concerns like limited government, summarize the current case law under the second amendment, and confidently explain all seven articles and 27 amendments of the Constitution, an immense feat.
 
Griffith’s current students have been making headlines recently with their state title. His former student have been in the newspapers with their project, “Mission: Citizen”, which helps immigrants on the path to citizenship.  During their studies, the students learned one of the most valuable lessons of Democracy — civics begins with individuals giving back to the community.  They decided to put their knowledge into action, helping immigrants to become legal citizens.  On March 19th, their first student, Chanhsouda Chanthakoun, was sworn in at the Federal Court House.  Watching proudly from the audience was their mentor, Steve Griffith. 
 
Steve Griffith, though in a heated primary for Oregon Senate District 19, could not be more thrilled to be chaperoning his team to Nationals.  When asked if he worried about the time away from his campaign he explained, “One of the reasons I’m running for State Senate is that I believe every child has the right to a good education.  Education is the goal; running for office and teaching are two direct ways to further it.  The Constitution Team show how much  our youth desire want education and greatness.  I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
 
Griffith, who was named Teacher of the Week by K103 FM, hopes to take the lessons he is teaching in the classroom to the legislature in November.  He hopes his student’s enthusiasm for the Constitution and civic duty will be a benchmark for him and his fellow legislators as they weigh the heavy decisions that will shape the future of Oregon.
 
Steve Griffith’s roots run deep in the community with over 30 years of experience as an attorney at Stoel Rives LLP. He served as legal counsel to the Oregon House Judiciary Committee during the 1981 legislative session. He holds a Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School, a Master of Philosophy in Politics from Oxford University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard College. He and his wife Christine have been married 30 years and raised two children in SW Portland. He and his wife have attended St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church for 33 years.

The above photo is of the Lincoln High School Constitution Team after winning State.

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OREGON SENATE DISTRICT 19 POLLING: Senate Majority Leader in “Statistical Tie” with Republican Challenger Steve Griffith

Oregon politics has a new, competitive race to watch.  State Senator Richard Devlin’s hold on his legislative seat is more precarious than ever according to a Riley Research survey, which shows a statistical tie in a match-up between the Democratic incumbent and Republican hopeful Steve Griffith.

Riley Research Associates surveyed 269 voters regarding their awareness and opinions of potential candidates for Oregon Senate District 19. The scientific poll was conducted from April 16th through the 20th and shows a statistical tie between Republican Steve Griffith at 39% and the incumbent Democratic Richard Devlin at 42% with a +/- of 5.96%.

Preparing to embark for the Nationals in Washington, DC as coach of the Lincoln High School Constitution team, Steve Griffith was elated by the results. “It is time for new leadership in Salem. After 14 years in office, Senator Devlin has become the captive of special interest groups and lost the support of the voters. This year, when faced with fiscal shortfalls, he deflected his own responsibility and turned on the businesses community. In a time of high unemployment, he made employers the enemy.   Oregon is at a turning point. It can emerge as a leader of bipartisan stewardship or it can remain in partisan gridlock.  These results are a clear sign the voters are ready for positive change.”

Griffith is pleased, but not surprised, that his message is resonating with voters.  Since entering the race, constituents have repeatedly heard their frustration with the current regime in Salem.  “When voters look at Salem, they see a government that is no longer responsive to the people, a government divided by partisanship that has become its own interest group. I am running to offer people a change. For everyone who is tired of the status quo, of the power politics of the majority and special interest groups, I offer an alternative.  It is an alternative to ever-expanding government. I will build bridges between the parties. I will work to restore our Oregon sense of community.  I will make the people and the interest of the people – the public interest – the priority. Devlin campaigned as being a moderate who works across party lines. He abandoned that moderation when he became the Caucus leader for the Democrats.”

Griffith, who was recently named Teacher of the Week by K103 FM, hopes to take the lessons he is teaching in the classroom to the legislature in November- and it looks like he will get that chance.  Currently, Griffith is the Republican front runner in Oregon Senate District 19 Primary, with a 2.5 to 1 advantage over online charter school lobbyist Mary Kremer. The primary election in May is drawing ever closer, bringing Griffith closer to a head to head with Devlin.  Griffith is the best chance the GOP has had in claiming the District 19 seat in over 14 years.

Steve Griffith’s roots run deep in the community with over 30 years of experience as an attorney at Stoel Rives LLP. He served as legal counsel to the Oregon House Judiciary Committee during the 1981 legislative session. He holds a Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School, a Master of Philosophy in Politics from Oxford University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard College. He and his wife Christine have been married 29 years and raised two children in SW Portland. He and his wife have attended St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church for 32 years.

Follow this link to see the original survey results: http://media.oregonlive.com/mapesonpolitics/other/griffithpoll.pdf

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Senate Candidate Steve Griffith leads students to Nation’s Capitol for Constitution Competition

This week, the Lincoln High School Constitution Team is heading to the National Championship in Washington, DC, led by their coach and Oregon Senate hopeful, Steve Griffith.  In the eight months leading up to their departure, Griffith spent hundreds hours of study with his students at his downtown law office at Stoel Rives LLP.  Each student can now explain concepts like limited government, summarize the current case law under the Second Amendment, and confidently walk through all seven articles and 27 amendments of the Constitution, an immense feat.

 Griffith’s current students have been making headlines recently with their state title. His former students have been in the newspapers with their project, “Mission: Citizen”, which helps immigrants on the path to citizenship.  During their studies, the students learned one of the most valuable lessons of Democracy — civics begins with individuals giving back to the community.  They decided to put their knowledge into action, helping immigrants to become legal citizens.  On March 19th, their first student, Chanhsouda Chanthakoun, was sworn in at the Federal Court House.  Watching proudly from the audience was their mentor, Steve Griffith. 

 Steve Griffith, though in a heated primary for Oregon Senate District 19, is thrilled to be chaperoning his team to Nationals.  Asked if he worried about the time away from his campaign, he explained, “One of the reasons I’m running for State Senate is that I believe every child has the right to a good education.  Education is the goal; legislation and teaching are two direct ways to further it.  The Constitution Team shows how much our youth want education and significance.  I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

 Griffith, who was named Teacher of the Week by K103 FM, hopes to take the lessons he is teaching in the classroom to the legislature in November.  He hopes his student’s enthusiasm for the Constitution and civic duty will be a benchmark for him and his fellow legislators as they weigh the heavy decisions that will shape the future of Oregon.

 Steve Griffith’s roots run deep in the community with over 30 years of experience as an attorney at Stoel Rives LLP. He served as legal counsel to the Oregon House Judiciary Committee during the 1981 legislative session. He holds a Juris Doctor from Stanford Law School, a Master of Philosophy in Politics from Oxford University, and a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard College. He and his wife Christine have been married 30 years and raised two children in SW Portland. He and his wife have attended St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church for 32 years.

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