Qualifications: Candidate must be US Citizen and registered voter; resident of the district for 1 year prior to general election OR Const., Art. IV, §8 Age: 21 or olderTerm: 4 years OR Const., Art. IV, §4 Salary: $23,052 (2017)Duties: The Senate and the House of Representatives are responsible for making or changing laws. Thirty Senators serve in the Senate and sixty Representatives serve in the House of Representatives. The sizes of districts are based on the number of people living there. The Oregon Legislature meets for a long session in odd-numbered years and a short session in even-numbered years.Source: Oregon Blue Book Rev. 1/2018
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We must help families stay afloat, and keep jobs and paychecks secure. I worked in the District Attorney’s office pursuing justice for victims of child abuse and domestic violence. As Chair of Transition Projects, I help people move from homelessness to housing. As a PCC teacher, I know strong public education is the key to our democracy. As a breast cancer survivor, I understand health care affordability affects everyone. I will give everyday people a strong champion in Salem.
District 14 - Washington and Multnomah County
It was critical the legislature pass those bills.But equally critical is recognizing that those bills could be quickly passed, and no one should believe that they go far enough.This does not take away from the fact that thanks to effective leadership we were able to do something meaningful.Banning chokeholds changes the way police behave on the street and their entire approach to training and interaction with the public.This was an appropriate place to start, but would be a bad place to finish.
My priorities are clear: we must protect our kids, invest in education, and preserve jobs.After that, how we expand mental and health care to vulnerable populations is a difficult but necessary conversation.But let me be clear, anyone who comes to Salem with their plan for how to meet our challenges will be inhibiting progress.More than anything, this crisis requires that we get past partisanship and agendas from any corner to have a more transparent and productive discussion of the common good.
The most pressing issue will be the budget, but the most pressing societal issue is economic insecurity. These two things need to be aligned to help Oregonians protect their families and their jobs. The question is not whether or not this crisis will impact us for years, but for how many to come. We must not simply look at the current situation as a recession, but as a need for fundamental restructuring and alignment of government and essential services with the reality of people’s lives.
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I am a wife and mom to three young boys and a lifelong Oregonian who loves this State. I am a mental health therapist with a background in case management. I have a long history of volunteering in the community and experience serving on the board of a non-profit. I have developed a passion for political activism which led me to pursue a seat in the State Senate.
Part of being an American is recognizing that there is always room for growth in everything we do. I believe that these reforms were passed as a reaction to current events but will not produce significantly improved outcomes. I support empowering law enforcement officers to do their jobs as safely as possible, keeping community safety as their top priority. I also support the adoption or integration of an unbiased third party which can mediate between the public and the police.
I would prioritize education and ensure that each student receives adequate funding while looking for opportunities to expand school choice options. I would also prioritize public safety, ensuring that our residents can maintain a level of security in these uncertain times. I recognize that cuts will need to be made and would focus on postponing projects tied to long-term goals. I would also look for opportunities to allow the private and non-profit sectors to add efficiency to necessary tasks.
The most pressing issue for the 2020-21 session will be the continued response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As an advocate for medical freedom, I would propose and support legislation that guarantees the rights of our people to make their own choices regarding medical interventions. I strongly oppose the concept of a mandated vaccine, especially one that has not undergone long-term safety testing.