State Representative District 18
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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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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Oregon State Representative (2017-present); 40 years in law enforcement with 28 years as Chief of Police; Mayor - City of Silverton (2015-2017); U.S. Army veteran. I serve on the House Judiciary Committee, as Vice Chair of the House Veterans & Emergency Preparedness Committee, the Oregon Homeland Security Council, the Joint Transportation Committee and the Joint Committee on Transparent Policing and Use of Force Reform. I have served more than 50 years in public service.
Marion & Clackamas
House District 18
I authored a bill for affordable housing in rural communities in 2019 and again in 2020. The bill is gaining majority party support and I will likely run the bill again in the '21 session. I am also working on a bill that would require the Governor to engage the Legislature in session in order to extend an emergency declaration beyond 60 days. I will be working again on several bills for agriculture including a modification of the law on Ag tourism to provide more flexibility for farmers.
Limitations need to be placed on the authority of the Governor to declare an emergency without Legislative oversight. No one elected official should have unlimited authority under our system of checks & balances. We need to ensure CARES Act funding that was supposed to go to local governments actually reaches the local level. The Legislature needs to revisit programs and projects that we will fund in light of the multi-billion dollar State budget deficit and provide small business assistance.
I serve on the Joint Committee on Transparent Policing. We passed 7 bills over the last 2 special Sessions, with large bipartisan support. It is now time to address social justice and the needs of the underserved in other areas of State and local government, including our education system. If we find inequalities based on race, then we need to address them. We need to find ways to bring people together regardless of their race and address issues for the good and the benefit of all people.
Town Where You Live
Policy writer since 2007 and actively engaged in the political process since 2004. We the People need to be represented.
The environment is the most pressing issue, which I would address with 2-year carbon tax and would look into the current regulations regarding nuclear energy to make sure that we have access to cost-effective, zero-emission nuclear facilities. We are so close to having nuclear fusion be economically viable, which is the cleanest form of energy and has no radioactive by-product. There's also been some promising advancements recently made in Japan regarding the solar lenses used in hydrogen power.
We need to lift some of the lockdown measures to allow businesses in the service sector to start operating again more freely and at higher capacity. Oregon relies heavily on revenue generated from income taxes and we need to get people back to work. It's not right to burden future generations with a lifetime of debt. We need to think about having free healthcare for all Oregonians related to COVID testing and treatment so that our economy can open up without the fear of obscene medical debt.
End qualified immunity for law enforcement officers (LEO) for instances of injury or death. Have a citizen-led review board for all reports of officer misconduct and a statewide database to track reports of all grievances filed against a LEO. Offering 3-years of additional training involving deescalation techniques and implicit bias awareness, and increase their salary upon completion. Those that opt-out of the additional training would have to purchase their own liability insurance.
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