RELEASE: Bud Pierce on Government Handling of Portland School District Lead Levels

Punitive culture leads to lack of transparency and bad outcomes

Salem, OR, (June 3, 2016) - In response to the terrible news that children and educators were unnecessarily exposed to elevated levels of lead in Portland Public Schools for a prolonged amount of time, Bud Pierce, candidate for Governor of Oregon, had this to say:

"At best, this seems to be gross incompetence by government officials that are in place to protect the lives and health of everyday Oregonians. At worst, this is a result of the culture of fear driven by the punitive regulatory culture that our government has created. It seems that even government employees are afraid to speak up when things go wrong for fear of being punished."

According to the Willamette Week, the Portland Public Schools had information that indicated elevated levels of lead in water in multiple schools. As reported by the Oregonian, lead levels were twice the federal safety standards by some measures.

"Government's first objective is to protect the people, particularly those most vulnerable, like the school children who were subjected to this," said Pierce.

Dr. Pierce concluded, "Clearly, things are not working as they should. We need new leadership. Leadership that encourages people to be open, transparent, and not afraid to make the hard decision to report when things go wrong. Hiding things, whether it be business from regulators, or government employees from their supervisors, is only to the detriment of the citizens. We need a culture, particularly in government, that says it's OK to admit your faults, only so we can correct our mistakes in a timely fashion, and not repeat them in the future."

Bud Pierce, M.D, Ph.D. is a business owner and senior partner of Hematology/Oncology of Salem, one of the last physician owned oncology practices on the West Coast. He announced his candidacy for governor on Sept. 10, 2015 on the Republican ticket. Approved photos and biography can be found at

Contact: Nick Rhoten - Campaign Manager at or  503-509-9575 or 503-991-5238.