SWEET HOME — A 63-year-old Sweet Home man is asking people consider him as a write-in candidate for governor this fall.
Royce Cantrell, a former truck driver who has also worked on highway construction, said he has no particular political experience but calls himself an "armchair politician."
Cantrell said he decided to run a write-in campaign because he's tired of the two-party system and feels people might want to listen to an independent voice.
The grandfather of four said he decided to go to YouTube to launch his campaign because it's more cost-effective than purchasing large amounts of advertising. He said he may follow up his initial video with new ones if people want him to expand on certain issues.
"If I get people talking about the issues that I believe in, then really, I've accomplished what I set out to do," he said.
Cantrell's video can be found at this link, or by going to YouTube and searching under his name.
In it, he lays out five planks in his platform, and a sixth in an online comment.
First, he said, he believes the state needs a change in the current tax rate system. He'd set things this way: a 30-percent flat tax for individuals or corporations making more than $200,000 per year and a 20-percent flat tax for those making between $25,000 and $200,000. Individuals or corporations making less than $25,000 per year would pay no state taxes at all.
"Let's give the smaller businesses and the people on the lower income scale a chance to use their money for something," he said.
Second, Cantrell said, he doesn't believe in requiring a minimum wage for any businesses with fewer than 20 employees.
Third is the marijuana issue, Cantrell said. He believes anyone over the age of 21 should be able to use marijuana in any way they choose, medicinally or recreationally, just as they do with alcohol.
"The government has no business to tell me or anyone else what kind of chemicals or food we should be putting in our bodies at 21," he said.
Fourth, he would restrict all state spending to just four areas: police, fire, roads and highways, and libraries. Any other issues would be handled locally.
Fifth is the lottery system. Cantrell said he believes establishments that sell lottery tickets should be able to split the proceeds from ticket sales 50-50 with the state. Right now, the state takes the bulk of the funds.
In response to an online question about gun control, Cantrell said he believes in the Second Amendment. "I also believe in background checks to verify who should own a weapon."
Cantrell being an independent, he might just be successful at getting Democrats and Republicans to unite as they fight his efforts together.
If nothing else, he promises viewers: "I won't be boring."
Royce Cantrell for Oregon Governor
The "Write In" Candidate for You!
YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVyvo0KNtJk
Twitter: Royce Cantrell @roycecantrell14
Campaign Headquarters: 541.409.2218 (Issues and Interviews)