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Soloflex Founder/CEO, Jerry Wilson, Announces Bid for Oregon Governor

Posted on Friday, April 16, 2010 in Political campaign

Jerry Wilson is taking his politics more seriously. A longtime activist, Wilson served on the National Democratic Party Platform Drafting Committee in 2004, and has been a been a Chief Petitioner on two statewide Initiatives, one to force the closure of the Trojan nuclear power plant in 1992 and one to decriminalize marijuana in 1986. Both were ahead of their time but PGE closed the Trojan plant six days after the election citing all the reasons in Wilson’s initiative. Today, only 20% of the voters still believe the drug war should continue.

Wilson will run as a third-party candidate, citing the failure of both ruling parties to properly manage the public’s business. And though Oregon’s constitution grants the Governor “Executive Power,” this power has never been used for anything more important than naming a post office.

Wilson intends to use Executive Power without delay to institute the following:

  • Establish an Oregon Infrastructure Bank to assist Oregon banks in providing the capital to repair and improve Oregon’s infrastructure.
  • Pardon all persons convicted in Oregon of victimless crimes. No victim, no crime.
  • Re-empower juries in criminal trials to judge both the LAW and the FACTS of the case as explicitly expressed in Oregon’s constitution, Article 1, Section 16. “Lawyers aren’t the only ones who can read. Judges and prosecutors will no longer misinform jurors of their rightful constitutional power to represent the people. Whoever punishes the criminal is the ruler of society. That is the role of the citizens, not the lawyer’s bar.”

Wilson also intends to use the Executive Power to institute publicly financed elections for all elected offices in the state.

Wilson maintains that these changes are not radical; in contrast, they are historically consistent with acknowledged principles of justice. Usury has been against the law since ancient Babylon; the Magna Carta of 1215 AD established the rightful power of our jury system to judge the law, and bribery by special interest clearly makes for bad laws. The only radical change, Wilson says, would be an Oregon Governor with the audacity to use the Executive Power to get these important changes made now.

Bring on the comments

  1. mudtosca says:

    A man possessed of blinding intellect, uproarious wit and an intrinsic sense of fair play who, with his established business acumen, will serve Oregonians very well…and what an extraordinary concept: not accepting contributions…I’ll support your efforts in every way I am able, Mr. Wilson. Viva La Revolucion, indeed! Mariana Tosca

  2. Liza Milliner says:

    Jerry, congratulations! I think this is wonderful news!

  3. Mindy Stone says:

    I LOVE IT….finally someone here in OR who is serious about taking on the corrupt, greedy state politics by running a clean and progressive gubernatorial campaign to CHANGE the regressive policies that make this state less than what it could and should be!

    Where do I sign up to help the campaign??

    Kudos Mr. Wilson….I sense another Tom McCall rising to the top!!!

  4. Steve Linder says:

    Thank you for giving the people a choice for real change in this campaign.

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  6. Sounds great! The State Bank idea is a proven winner, by North Dakota, of all places.

    So why aren’t you a Green, Jerry? The Pacific Green Party is vastly larger than the Progressive Party, with a functional infrastructure (no money, but a lot of experienced people), our principles are the same, and we’re looking for a candidate for governor. I’d support you.

    We can now conominate with other parties.

  7. Jerry Wilson says:

    Article XI, Section 1 of the Oregon Constitution specifically precludes the Legislature from establishing a state-owned bank. It says nothing however, about the Executive Branch setting one up. Here’s why we need one modeled after North Dakota’s:’s-only-state-owned-bank-became-envy-wall-street

    I had to choose one of the established third parties to get on the general ballot in November. I like what each of them stands for. Would love the Greens to co-nominate me; Independents, too.

    Thanks for your support!

  8. Jerry,
    What a great time to get involved. You are a natural leader with fresh ideas, and the time is right, the revolution is being forced upon us. I’d sign up to volunteer, make campaign calls, and tell a thousand friends about our great adventure (not unlike your helicopter flight!)

    Best always,
    Sam Mallicoat

    PS. My dad was Sen. Hatfield’s AA. my uncle was McCall’s DC office manager, so let’s roll!

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  31. Rick Gladden says:


    As a devoted user of Soloflex I have refurbished approximately 1000 of them and always marvel at the lasting build quality and effectiveness of your machines.

    However, it is difficult to fathom your lead in here of “Jerry Wilson is taking his politics more seriously” when your autobiography begins with and relentlessly rehashes your marijuana smuggling glory days.

    To take matters seriously in politics is to work for the good of the people. Your worshiping of drugs or any other self destructive behavior shows a severe lack of maturity in any leadership position you have or aspire towards.

    Selling 1 million exercise units does not authenticate the salesman’s sanity. An idiot savant may play the piano brilliantly but fail at most other tasks.

    Favor me by taking care of yourself,

    • Jerry says:


      A former smuggler having a serious interest in politics is not completely unknown in America, or anywhere in fact. Ever see Poldark on PBS? You may be aware that John Hancock was the most prolific and famous smuggler in pre-revolutionary days. His bold signature on the Declaration of Independence speaks much of his contempt for English rule. And his courage to stand up to them.

      I certainly did not mean for my book to leave the impression that I was worshiping drugs in those days. I didn’t, but autobiographies should tell the whole truth. I don’t consider hemp a drug despite the government lies however, at least no more a drug than Twinkies or Moon Pies. It has many valuable and redeeming uses. George Washington wrote in his personal diary, “I much prefer the occasional indulgence of hemp to alcohol.” According to DEA Judge Young, “”Marijuana…is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.” It does have the peculiar effect of making people who don’t smoke it into dopes – if one judges from the ridiculous and harmful laws against it.

      I am not a savant by any measure, having no particular genius past common sense. I take very good care of my health. Hope you’re doing the same.

      Best, Jerry

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  36. Rick Gladden says:


    If you will banish Moon Pies and Twinkies then I will vote for you. While puttering around in your mail order kit helicopter you must have had an eyeful of the gross obesity that infests Oregon?

    We can dicker for a lifetime over the wonders of hemp, tie-dye T-shirts, and stinking welfare hippies but the druggie lifestyle as you seem to be promoting under the guise of “therapy” is simply one more self destructive behavior that should be severely limited.

    Along with dope we have alcohol, cigarettes, prescription medications, and junk food that have turned the people of Oregon into barely functioning, barely ambulatory diseased imbeciles.

    Shutting down the junk food industry may not be in the interest of free enterprise but look around you: millions of self caused heart surgeries, diabetes treatments, joint replacement surgeries, and all the other obesity sicknesses are on your and my dime.

    Why should I have to pay into a suicidal sickness pool of insurance or taxes? Furthermore, why should I have to pay for one of your citizens out of work and smoking prescription dope, losing interest in being a healthy productive citizen at every inhalation?

    Now when you quote by government authority, “Marijuana…is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man,” had it occurred to you what safe and therapeutic actually mean? How is inhaling smoke into the lungs safe? How is a psychotropic drug that radically alters your thinking therapeutic? Do no harm – ring a bell?

    Now if some ingredient of marijuana were to be distilled down to be of some use in a hospital setting as an anesthetic for surgery then that makes sense, but that is not what the push to legalize dope is about and you know it. It is to push a lifestyle of laziness, excuses, confusion, and in the end, anger. Behind every alcoholic and dope addict is anger being covered up with an excuse.

    As to Hancock and Washington, their authority on matters only goes so far if it is correct. If Hancock was smuggling Broccoli and whole wheat bread, then alright, I suppose you can’t blame the man. But if it was that bleached diabetic inducing Wonder Bread then string him up!

    Washington had slaves which was wrong, a concept he did not fully grasp. Also, Washington apparently humped a female slave at his Mount Vernon ranch there on the hill without the benefit of marriage, producing some bastard children according to DNA research. Therefore, I am not at all surprised that he took to dope to hide his immoral lifestyle.

    I don’t even want to get started on your “victimless crimes” pardoning BS. Does that mean all the wonderful dope pushers and addicts will be put back on the streets? Will you legalize prostitution on the same day you legalize dope?

    Jerry, I may as well ask the hard questions because none of the nice-bots are.

    And lastly, any sound minded campaign manager will tell you to drop the dope focus – it is headed nowhere because it can only go nowhere.

    • Jerry says:

      OK Rick, Moon Pies and Twinkies contain HFCS so they’re outta here. That was an easy vote!

      We’ve now spent $1 trillion tax dollars on a failed drug war and drugs are more available than ever. We have quadrupled the number of people in prisons, half for something that is not a crime but merely a vice. Most of the population is addicted to sugar in some form or other, alcohol being the worst form but we tried eliminating that and all know how that backfired.

      I agree that people should exercise and eat right, hell, I own the trademark on that slogan. It is the only way to control healthcare costs but people won’t do that either, preferring to run to a physician every time they sneeze, only to be nuked/probed/poisoned and whacked up unnecessarily…for money!

      Marijuana may make some lose interest but I’ve never known of any. I suspect any who might lose interest had no interest anyway. Marijuana’s largest user groups are lawyers and inventors. It helps one focus on tedious, mundane, boring crap that HAS to be remembered. It does not alter one’s thinking, it just allows one to concentrate for long periods of time. Millions of hardworking, productive and creative people smoke it for all sorts of reasons unknown to people who never tried it. Judge not without personal experience. Most of what we’ve been told were intentional lies.

      John Hancock smuggled many things but mostly tea, caffeine, a drug. It has the same effect as chewing coca leaves, not harmful at all. Yes, I would legalize all consensual private acts, including prostitution. The Portland City Club had a seven member panel, one of whom was later to become Oregon’s U.S. Attorney, thoroughly study the issue. After their research, they recommended it be legalized to the membership. It was voted down, most members being more worried about what people would think of them than about the waste of police resources butting into people’s private lives.

      I know lots of top-rate campaign managers. They’re great at selling candidates but I don’t need anyone to sell me to the public. I’m just here to tell the truth as I see it, no holds barred. If the truth hurts, so be it. I’m thankful for your comments. Wish more people would candidly voice their objections. That’s what democracy is supposed to be all about.

      Best, Jerry

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