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State Representative District 5

Qualifications: Candidate must be US Citizen, a registered voter, a resident of the district for 1 year prior to the general election and age 21 or older (OR Const., Art. IV, §8).Term: 2 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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  • Sandra A Abercrombie
    (Rep)

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    Pam Marsh
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

Describe your one or two most pressing issues for the 2021 legislative session. What legislation would you propose and/or support to address these issues?

What should be the legislative priorities for managing the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis?

What should the legislature do to improve racial and social justice?

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Campaign Phone (public) (541) 282-4516
Web Site (leave blank if not applicable) http://representativepammarsh.com
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Town Where You Live Ashland
Your Experience/Qualificatons Oregon State Legislature (2017-present); Ashland City Council (2012-2016); Ashland Planning Commission (2006- 2012) Member: Governor's Council on Wildfire Response, State Broadband Advisory Council, Oregon Retirement Savings Board. Legislative Committees: Revenue (vice-chair), Economic Development, Housing, Joint Committee on Information Management and Technology, Ways and Means General Government Subcommittee (co-chair). Southern Oregon resident since 1994.
County Jackson
Term 2021-2023
Housing/homelessness. The Almeda fire destroyed 2400 housing units in my district, including 1500 manufactured homes. The housing shortage that already plagued the state has now become our community's existential issue. Addressing it will require homeownership funding, innovative manufactured home policies, shelter development, and much more subsidized housing.

Climate disruption. I will continue to support policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and develop sustainable energy sources.
With an estimated $4 billion revenue loss, the 2021-22 budget picture is bleak. We will need to: 1. Prioritize programs, including schools and child care, that help the most vulnerable among us. 2. Look for new revenue sources and protect existing ones. 3. Maximize bonding capacity to invest in infrastructure projects, including those addressing broadband, housing, forest health and water, to provide jobs and boost local economies. 4. Advocate and prepare for federal investment.
The murder of George Floyd and national introspection and protest have forced us to finally confront the racism that underlies our institutions, policies and too often our personal attitudes. We need to assess every decision and funding choice with an equity lens with the goal of recognizing and reversing 400 years of discrimination. This work starts with more equitable law enforcement, but must address housing, health care, education, land use, and virtually every sector of public policy.