As you know, we’ve been asking the candidates running for Oregon’s governor about their support for the state’s film and TV industry since this site started. Staffers for Chris Dudley, the Republican nominee, responded privately in an email that was republished here at OregonFimandTVDollars.com; now John Kitzhaber, the Democratic nominee, has responded publicly on his web site.
I have received many questions to date about my position on the film and TV industry in Oregon. I am supportive of the expansion of this industry in Oregon, along with other industries that will similarly help to diversify our economy and create jobs, while simultaneously capitalizing on the unique resources and talent that Oregon has to offer… (read more)
In the article, Kitzhaber makes a strong statement in support of the industry here in Oregon, and the jobs that it brings in throughout the state. To date it’s the most public statement either candidate has made. It’s encouraging that Kitzhaber not only recognizes the value of the Oregon film and TV industry, but makes it (and other “traded sector” employers) a central component of his jobs plan.