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What they saw in Ben Westlund

Ben Westlund was one of the most appealing politicians the Northwest has seen in the last few decades – smart, idealistic, humanitarian and very funny. He always seemed a likely prospect for office higher than the one he held, Oregon state treasurer, when he died a year ago.

Here are two videos, just released with that anniversary, showing two aspects of him, one a draft version (never completed or previously released) of a campaign ad – one of the more inspiring we’ve seen – and the other a humor video unlike anything you’d ordinarily see from a candidate running for office.

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