Small Business Leader Files for Oregon House
Lincoln County small businessman David Gomberg has announced he will be a candidate for the Oregon House of Representatives in the 2012 election. Incumbent Representative Jean Cowan will not seek another term representing House District 10.
“For more than 20 years, we’ve lived here on the Coast, built a successful business, created jobs, and worked to make our community better. I’m ready to use my experience and my enthusiasm to help create a better economic future for families up and down Oregon’s coast.”
Gomberg and his wife Susan own Gomberg Kite Productions and Northwest Winds Kite Stores. They manufacture kites and wholesale to stores throughout North America. They have organized performances for Disney, the Superbowl, and motion pictures. In the past three years, they have opened three retail outlets and are now the largest retailer of kites on the West Coast. In 2004, Gomberg Kites was recognized as a statewide finalist for the Austin Excellence in Family Business Award.
“I’m a Democratic businessman with international trade experience. But more important, I’m a small town, family businessman who understands what it takes to survive in a down economy, and put people to work.”
“I’m running because I want to see a return to prosperity here on the Oregon Coast and in the Coastal Range. The focus of this campaign and the coming legislative session has to be jobs. I want to put my experience to work for this district. I want to be an advocate for our small businesses and for middle-class families.“
Gomberg graduated from Oregon State where he served as student body president, and earned a Master Degree in Economics, History, and Political Science. He received a MBA from Willamette University and then worked two sessions in the Oregon legislature – first as a legislative chief-of-staff, and then as administrator of the House Education Committee. Later, he served as an Administrative Law Judge for the Motor Vehicles Division before moving to the Coast to take a position as Executive Director of the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce. Two years later, he left to focus on his own growing business.
“With Jean’s retirement, we’re losing experience, seniority, and a strong voice for Coastal concerns. My own work in the legislature and with administrative rules was a long time ago. But it will give me a head start on the job when I’m elected.”
Representative Cowan adds, “David has a diverse background and experience in both the private and public sector that will serve this district well. He has already proven himself a hard worker and an articulate advocate for the community. I’m pleased he is running and I’m pleased to support him.”
Oregon Coast Community College President Patrick O’Connor says, “David was critical in the early development of our coastal college. The college is an important resource for job training or re-training. I’ve worked with David many years and know he is more interested in finding solutions than scoring political victories.”
County Commissioner Don Lindly says, “I’ve known David since his Chamber of Commerce days. Several years ago, he came to the Commission with proposals to empower home-based business in the County. And more recently he was most helpful with suggestions to resolve the Animal Shelter issue. I’m pleased to see someone with his ideas and commitment running.”
The revised House District 10 runs from Waldport in the south to Tillamook in the North and Sheridan in the East. It includes portions of Lincoln, Tillamook, Polk, and Yamhill Counties. Lincoln City is roughly in the center of the District.