545: The House of Steam endorses (PVO) Paul Van Orden for Portland Oregon’s Multnomah County Commissioner Seat #2 : Paul sites JT Murphy as a major influence in his life.

We all know the benefits of having had skateboarding in our lives from  a young age. I count amongst my skate friends: fathers, mothers, business owners, film makers, artists, sculptors, doctors, dj’s, musicians, authors, architects,influential television commercial advertising artistic directors, soldiers and even professional athletes(i.e. skateboarders)  Paul van Orden wants to add holder of political office to that list. One of the most important things I take away from my continued association with skaters is that in life there are no problems… just hurdles. If you can find  the time to read about what Paul is attempting and up against in his campaign for a County Commissioner seat it is safe to say he holds a similar view and that is good enough for me in a future politician. I have become friends with Paul over the last four years via The House of Steam. I dont live in Portland, heck…I dont live in the US but Sophie and I have sent $10 dollars towards Paul’s campaign. It does not sound like much but small donations can mean a lot to a campaign like this. If you feel equally compelled to help Paul, HERE is a link. Paul sites NJ’s finest and well remembered JT Murphy as a huge influence in his life so I figure any support we can give Paul either financially or through spreading the word via our social networks is a tip of the hat to JT’s life and all of his accomplishments…let’s just call that a bonus.

Good Luck Paul
Having purchased a Skull Skates Board from Soho Skates and riding it at the Brooklyn Bridge banks I believe this is the second time in 25 years I have financially supported PVO…too funny
Jason Oliva Artist
PVO Savannah Slamma (88)
PVO Savannah Slamma II 1988
Paul was and probably still is an original! Had his own style and direction and was always friendly and open to everyone. He was from North Jersey, can’t remember what town. I met him when he was going to college in South Jersey and then asked him to be part of the Earth Surfer team. He was one of the OG Brooklyn Banks guys and new all the OG Shut guys etc… from the early days. He also rode for skull skates. If you have the Deathbowl to Downtown dvd you will see him in there being interviewed in some retro footage from PM magazine, a topical news show i think on channel 5 out of NYC.
Jeffrey Turko


I have been working for the skate community for my whole life.  JT Murphy was a big influence on my life and serving my community.

In the last decade I have been fighting for skateparks here in Portland Oregon.

I did an acoustical study for the City of Portland demonstrating that concrete skate parks are a non issue.  And then followed that up with my appointment to the City’s skate park advisory committee where we were able to lobby the Portland City Council to create a 19 park, skatepark system.

Link to PDX Acoustical study midway down the page below:


I am excited to hopefully become the first pro skater to be elected to office in a major City in the United States.  Any support anyone can offer would be most appreciated.  Even small donations to the effort running an expensive campaign make a difference.  President Obama demonstrated that people can organize using the web all over the US and fight for their beliefs.

Our campaign web page is up at :


Other articles at : http://blogs.wweek.com/news/2010/03/09/paul-van-orden-to-run-for-county-commissioner/


TWEETING at:  @PaulforCounty

Thanks for helping me reach out to the skate community.


Paul van Orden

JT Murphy inspiring people in 1991 during a contest he organised in NJ

Photo Ken Salerno

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3 thoughts on “545: The House of Steam endorses (PVO) Paul Van Orden for Portland Oregon’s Multnomah County Commissioner Seat #2 : Paul sites JT Murphy as a major influence in his life.

  1. PVO (paul van Orden)

    It has been amazing to have so many people in the skate community be so supportive of my run for public office. Skaters have a long history of taking care of our community in so many great ways and fighting the man.

    Please consider donating a few dollars, my ideals are in line with JT Murphy’s lessons he taught me growing up and can be summarized as classic Positive Force DC/Discord/ Fugazi ethics.

    A few bucks from skaters all over the country can actually put me on line with the other candidates.

    Much respect to Jason and Jeff for the support in my race taking on this campaign.


    THOS lives all over the world!!!


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