From Fairview To The Capitol: David Beem Announces Run For
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 25, 2005
SALEM, OREGON--He has connections in high places.
He is highly motivated.
He has a clear vision for how Oregon state government should deal with its disability community.
And now, Salem resident David Beem has become the first person in the state to announce his candidacy for governor in the 2006 election.
"I'm a serious candidate," Beem told the Statesman-Journal. "I want to show people you got to respect everybody in this state."
It's only about three miles from the campus of the former Fairview Training Center, the state's largest institution that housed people with developmental disabilities, to the Capitol building itself.
But, if Beem wins the governorship, that journey will have taken decades.
Beem spent his early years at Fairview, which closed in February 2000. In the last several years, he has become involved in his community and has gotten to know mayors, governors, and other politicians. He has volunteered for political campaigns, led the self-advocacy group People First, and has served on Salem's Human Rights Commission and other panels to advocate on behalf of people with disabilities.
"Special-needs people like myself don't get any services and have to wait on a waiting list," said Beem, who is currently registered as a Democrat, but plans to run as a Republican.
"Everybody's supposed to be equal in this state."
"Activist files to run for governor" (Statesman-Journal)
"So Long Fairview: Oregon Institution Closes Its Doors For Good" (Inclusion Daily Express Archives)