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State Representative District 26

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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    Tim E Nelson
    (LBT)

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    Courtney Neron
    (WFP, Dem)

  • Peggy Stevens
    (Rep)

Biographical Information

Six bills concerning police reform were passed in the state legislature’s June special session. Please comment on how effective you feel these reforms will be. What, if any, additional specific measures would you support in order to enhance police accountability and transparency in our state?

The COVID-19 crisis is putting extreme stress on the state budget and may do so for several years to come. How would you prioritize expenditures? How would you best preserve essential services?

What do you consider to be the most pressing issue for the 2020-21 session and what legislation would you propose and/or support to address it?

Town Where You Live Wilsonville
Your Experience/Qualificatons i have a long and diverse work history, that has allowed me the opportunity to learn a lot from a wide segment of our population and it is time someone represented them.
County Clackamas
Term 2 years
Reforms are a step in the right direction but our Criminal Justice system is broken beyond repair. From the systemic racism in our Police departments and Policies, to the manipulation of the courts that only the rich can afford to ridiculous minimum sentencing guide lines to people in jail for years for minor drug possession to the fact that jails make worse criminals and are run by the gangs we put in private prisons. Our system needs to change!
The libertarians only prioritize expenditures. Government waste is the way business is done. The people of Oregon pay a tremendous amount of taxes, the majority of which does not go to the things that matter to most Oregonians. it is interesting that the question is about essential services. whenever Government money is tight the first thing the government threatens to cut are Police and Fire. I know our tax revenues go to more.
There is one piece of legislation that the Oregon government has burdened our hardest working businesses to comply with, I am speaking of Predictive Scheduling. This misguided legislation is putting unbearable pressure on Oregon businesses that work on very small margins and employ Oregonians who value flexibility of schedule for school, child care or pursuing their passions. This legislation needs to be repealed now more than ever as more and more struggling restaurants are closing.
Web Site (leave blank if not applicable) http://courtneyfororegon.com
Town Where You Live Wilsonville
Your Experience/Qualificatons As a teacher and a mother, Courtney is focused on the future. She knows firsthand the importance of a strong public education, affordable housing, accessible healthcare, and environmental stewardship. Courtney is working to create a safer, healthier Oregon full of opportunity for the next generation. As our Representative in House District 26, Courtney delivered on each of her 2018 campaign promises to voters. She knows there is still work left to do to make our state better for everyone.
LWV Interview Video http://youtu.be/kh4PoL-YPUQ
County Washington and Clackamas
Term Two years
I supported all of the policing reform bills referenced. The policies are excellent first steps. Statute is now in-line with current best practices, but the work to address systemic racism has only just begun. Police brutality and bias are symptoms of a much larger societal challenge. I am intrigued by the successful models that invest in social services and behavioral healthcare strategies (such as Cahoots in Eugene), rather than directing all of those responsibilities to police officers.
We need to focus on our most vulnerable. As a former teacher, I know that my students couldn’t learn if their needs for health, nutrition, safety, and connection were unmet. We must not cut supports for the most vulnerable at a time like this, including foster kids, people with disabilities, and the elderly. We need to be strategic and make targeted investments where they will make the greatest impact. We must acknowledge how many basic needs are met by our education system.
Recovering from the pandemic and wildfire devastation -- from both a public health and economic standpoint -- are the most pressing issues as we move forward. Government decision-makers must consider equity and justice as we support people, families, employers, and communities by investing in resiliency and recovery. Regarding the pandemic, we must ensure that personal protective equipment is fully available and that clear guidelines (informed by science) allow people to get back to work safely.
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