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Republican (REP)

  • Occupation: Semi Retired

    Occupational Background: Sold my Insurance Agency June 2009. Self-employed small business owner for 15 years and in the Insurance and Financial Services industry for 25 years. An Agent researches situations, assesses risk, makes recommendations to help clients protect assets and reach financial goals. Represented two major carriers and in between was an investment representative for 5 branches of a National Bank. Previously, I was in broadcasting for 15 years, including operations management, programming, news, sportscaster, sales in both Radio and TV. As a younger man, I found the working end of a jackhammer, mill labor, road construction, Dynamiters Chuck Tender and Weigh Master/ Clerk for the railroad. Over the last year I have helped with Insurance Consulting and as an Instructor for Team Oregon Motorcycle training.

    Educational Background: The Dalles High School; Trade Schools in Broadcasting Electronics and Insurance for Life, Health, Property, Casualty, Financial Services.

    Prior Governmental Experience: Currently in my 7th year as Commissioner for the Port of The Dalles. Served 4 years City of The Dalles Planning Commission. 8 years ago ran for the Wasco County Court. Garnered 43% of the vote. Proud of the positive campaign.

    Present & Past Community Involvement: Recent appointee to MCEDD (Mid-Columbia Economic Development District). North East Oregon District Captain and Ride Captain for the Patriot Guard Riders. Late 70’s the Board of CAP (Community Action Program) for Seniors and low income citizens in Wasco, Sherman and Hood River Counties. Former Board Member Mid-Columbia Rehabilitation. Former member of the Jaycees. Past President Rotary and Life Underwriters. Volunteer sports announcer for local schools for over 20 years. Have served on Boards of American Legion Baseball and Little League.


    Doing the right thing, for the right reason, the right way for the entire County. The ability to listen and be open minded. Fair and positive problem solving.

    Contact: RodRunyonConsulting@live.com

    (This information furnished by Rod Runyon.)

Elections Division, Oregon Secretary of State • 136 State Capitol • Salem, OR 97310-0722