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
Campaign Phone (public)
Town Where You Live
Prior Governmental Experience: State Legislator Oregon HD 20 (2016-present); Board Member, Central School District; (2008–2011); Chair, Governor’s Task Force on Veterans Services (2008); Monmouth Mayor (1999–2002); Monmouth City Council (1989–1992).
Military Experience: USAF; Oregon Air National Guard; Deployments: Afghanistan, Iraq, Central America, Europe, and Southwest Asia; Retired 2013.
The recent wildfires exposes a need for improved emergency readiness and safety systems. We must be more resilient in the disasters facing Oregon. As Chair of the House Veterans and Emergency Preparedness Committee, I am committed to our work reforming our state’s resiliency systems and the organizations responsible for protecting us. We must make significant investments in our infrastructure. The future depends on conserving what we have and facilitating growth in the 21st Century marketplace.
We must create 2 sets of priorities: one aligned with federal assistance that may come and another absent that assistance. If Congress ignores our needs, we will be limited in the aid we can provide. We must find the resources to fund essential programs and keep public infrastructure projects funded; this supports small businesses and sustains jobs. We must improve PPE protocols. Oregonians deserve a well-managed stockpile of the tools necessary to keep an economy moving during critical times.
We must find a path where diversity is valued, where all are safe from bias, racism, and violence based on fear. The Oregon Legislature passed measures that ban racial profiling. We created a public database for conduct based suspensions, restricted the use of chokeholds, and limited the use of tear gas. I support legislation requiring community policing policy review commissions, providing training resources for non-lethal tactics, and increased funding for community mental health services.
Campaign Phone (public)
Town Where You Live
I am a dentist and believe in giving back to my community. Some groups I work with are Family Building Blocks, Liberty House, OHSU, American Cancer Society, UGM, Kroc Center, WOU, Medical Teams International, Oregon Community Foundation, SLF, United Way and Assistance League. Because education/training are so important to me, I contribute to scholarship programs at Chemeketa and NAACP. I worked as a legislative aide to Sen. Jackie Winters and was a part of the Bud Pierce for Governor campaign.
Strong economy and quality education/training are needed for our future. A strong economy with stable jobs gives power to workers and families. Encouragement of entrepreneurship and business innovation is vital to our growth. K-12 education improvements close achievement gaps for students of color and economically disadvantaged students. Robust career technical education leads to quality skills for career and/or college. Post-secondary education is crucial to equalizing opportunity for all.
Oregon needs to be more business friendly to encourage rebuilding a sound economy for all demographics. Businesses should not be hampered with too many regulations that constrict flexibility, development and innovation. Focus should be on retaining and strengthening existing businesses, as well as developing new enterprises. Taxes on citizens and businesses should be fair and even-handed with clear goals for efficient and effective government operations that serve all the people’s needs well.
Racial and social justice means respect for all people, no matter their racial, ethnic or economic background. Police reform, not defunding, is needed to improve community-police interactions. Legislators set a good example when they treat each other with regard and consideration and really listen to each other’s ideas, regardless of party affiliation. Equality and fairness come when people treat each other with respect and dignity. True justice cannot be legislated but must come from the heart.