Today, Steve Novick will announce that he's running for the US Senate. And you're invited to join him.
Salem: 9:30 a.m., Capitol Press Room, State Capitol Building Room 43
Portland: Noon, ILWU Local 8, 2435 NW Front Avenue
Eugene: 3:30 p.m., Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza, 125 E. 8th Avenue
Why is Steve Novick running for the US Senate? From NovickForSenate.com:
I'm running for the United States Senate because Oregon's working families need someone to fight for them - and a fighter needs a hard left hook.
I'm running because while George Bush has been taking our country to hell, Senator Gordon Smith had his hand on the handbasket every step of the way.
I'm running because Gordon Smith represents government of the rich, by the powerful, and for the special interests, and I believe in government of the people, by the people and for the people
But mostly, I'm running because I don't want to wake up ten years from now and see that only half of Oregonians have health care, and that half don't.
I'm running because I don't want to wake up ten years from now and see that inequality, the gap between the rich and powerful and the rest of us, is even more outrageous than it is today. People are tired of hearing that the economy is good, and seeing that only the rich get richer.
I'm running because I don't want to wake up ten years from now and see that the national debt on the shoulders of our children has risen to a level that is crushing the economy and forcing savage cuts in Social Security, Medicare and other vital services.
And I'm running because I don't want to wake up twenty years from now and see that global warming is destroying our farms, our forests, and our coastal cities.
These are the great issues- the great challenges --of our time. And we can meet those challenges, if we elect political leaders willing to tell the truth and act boldly.
I am stepping forward to run for, and serve, in the US Senate for Oregon, by telling the truth and acting boldly.
Who is Steve Novick? A few years ago, Willamette Week described Steve Novick this way:
Oregon native, U of O grad, Harvard Law. Big law firms in San Francisco and New York. U.S. Justice Department's environmental-enforcement division. Lead counsel in the eventual Love Canal lawsuit, in which the feds won $129 million against Occidental Chemical. Back to Oregon to be the issues director for Tom Bruggere's failed U.S. Senate campaign (and, later, Ted Kulongoski's successful  bid for governor). Caucus administrator for the Senate Democrats in Salem, policy advisor for Multnomah County Chair Diane Linn and then legislative coordinator for the Oregon Department of Education. ... Novick gives you the feeling that he will never be outworked or outstudied. Add to that a Howard Dean-like combativeness and the punchline skills of a sitcom writer. ... Novick is the kind of guy who follows his convictions--damn the consequences.
Since then, he's been Oregon's leading activist keeping the Oregon Lottery accountable and fighting to cut payments to restaurant owners with video poker machines. He's also a consultant with Pyramid Communications.