Occupation: Oregon Department of Transportation; Small Business owner; Mayor City of Prineville.
Occupational Background: machinist; ranch hand; wild land fire fighter; transportation specialist; equipment operator.
Educational Background: Crook County Schools; Universal Technical Institute.
Prior Governmental Experience: Mayor of Prineville 2005- current; Commission on Children and Families 2009-current; Central Oregon Cities Organization Chair 2007-2009; League of Oregon Cities Board Member 2006-2008; Oregon Mayors Association Board Member 2006-2008
Family: Married to Tina 21 years; children- Chase (20) and Kimberly (18).
Mike Wendel- No Substitute for Experience
While Mike has been Mayor, the City of Prineville has reduced employees, streamlined operations and received approximately ten million dollars in grants, all in less than six years. Mike has been instrumental in recruiting multiple businesses to Prineville, creating much-needed jobs. Mike believes that government needs to be more "business friendly".
Mike Wendel- Working for You
Mike has worked hard on State issues for all Oregonians, including issues in water rights, annexation and transportation. He has spent many hours in Salem working to educate legislators on both sides of the isle to get things done.
Mike Wendel- Putting Communities First
Mike has been traveling the district doing what he believes is one of the most important things in his campaign; Listening. Through his recent travels, he has heard about the LNG gas line issue in Shady Cove, the Bio mass projects in Lakeview and Paisley, the solar panels in Christmas Valley and several issues. Through his travels and on his home front, he has heard that there is no money for sports in Crook County, and no funding for Lunches in Paisley. Too many schools are being closed down, or combined because of lack of funding, and/or mismanagement of funds. Mike is committed to funding Education FIRST! There are many other issues in our district, and Mike wants to hear all of them.
Mike Wendel is the candidate that has the experience we need. He is the candidate that gets things done.
(This information furnished by Committee to Elect Mike Wendel.)