Environment: a common platform Wild Wilderness leader vies for chance to face Walden


News staff writer

February 22, 2006

Longtime political activist Scott Silver has announced his candidacy for the U.S. Congressional seat held by incumbent Greg Walden, Republican of Hood River.

Silver, a prominent opponent of the Forest Service recreation fee program, filed for candidacy with the Secretary of State on Feb. 6.

Silver’s decision to declare his candidacy follows many months of laying the groundwork and assessing his chances for winning the general election. Silver is running as a Democrat in the Republican-leaning 2nd Congressional district of Oregon. Before facing Walden in the November election, he must first win the Democratic Primary which will be held in May.

Silver, 54, has been a resident of Deschutes County since 1988 and has been a familiar figure associated with local planning, forest management and national politics. Silver is the executive director of the nonprofit organization Wild Wilderness. He is married to Wendy Colby, who serves on the Executive Board of the Women’s Resource Center of Central Oregon. Their son, Jeremy, is a junior at Summit High School.

According to Silver, “There is a growing consensus shared by Democrats and Republicans alike that the federal government is unresponsive to the interests and needs of the American people.” Silver is concerned that the rapidly growing federal deficit is “draining the treasury of the resources needed to support programs that directly benefit taxpayers.”

He says that “There is a certain arrogance that afflicts those who now hold political power,” and adds, “The U.S. Constitution is not merely a piece of paper and neither the Congress nor the President has the right to trample rights guaranteed by that document.”

He added, “The time has come to restore appropriate checks and balances and for the American government to behave like the democratically elected Constitutional Republic intended by our founding fathers.”

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