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US Representative, 1st District

Qualifications: Candidate must be US Citizen and registered voter, at least 25 years old, US citizen for 7 years and inhabitant of state at time of election US Const., Art 1 §2Salary: $174,000 Term: 2 yearsDuties: Also referred to as a congressman or congresswoman, each representative is elected to a two-year term serving the people of a specific congressional district. Among other duties, representatives introduce bills and resolutions, offer amendments and serve on committees.Governor will call special election to fill vacancy US Const., Art. 1 ORS 188.120Source: Congressional Research Service Rev. 1/2018

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    Suzanne Bonamici
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    Drew A Layda
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    John Verbeek
    (REP)

Biographical Information

How do you think federal tax cuts balance with federal program cuts like health care and protections for the environment, consumers, and elections? Do Oregonians win or lose?

Discuss the issues that are priorities for you and how those priorities will serve your districts.

How will you try to reduce polarization in Congress so problems can be solved?

Town Where You Live Unincorporated WA County
Your Experience/Qualificatons I worked my way through community college, college, and law school. I’ve been a consumer protection attorney, an active community volunteer, and an effective state legislator. I’ve spent my career fighting for Oregonians and Oregon families to have economic stability and the opportunity to succeed. In Congress, I’ve earned a reputation as a principled leader who works hard, finds common ground, and knows how to get things done.
County Washington County
Term 3rd full
We need a tax system that supports hard-working American families and grows the economy. The partisan tax plan gives most benefits to those at the top, will result in higher health care costs for many, and adds about $1.5 trillion to the debt. These tax cuts, and the cuts in federal programs that will likely follow, will make it more difficult for states like Oregon to fund vital services like public education, public safety, and health care. Overall, Oregonians, and Americans, will lose.

In Congress, my top priorities are strengthening public education, addressing climate change, and supporting working families. A strong public school system and affordable higher education will help our economy grow. NW Oregon is a diverse and beautiful region with natural resources that must be protected. We need an economy that works for everyone, and that means advocating for policies that help working families, such as paid leave, equal pay, and strengthening Social Security and Medicare.

I have found that it’s best to treat others with respect, even when we disagree. That’s especially true in Congress. Rather than focus on places of disagreement, I build relationships and find common ground. For example, I am part of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus, and I have many bipartisan legislative proposals like my PARTNERS Act to create more apprenticeships. I will continue to lead by example, build relationships, and work on solutions with colleagues on both sides of the aisle.
Town Where You Live Portland, Oregon.
Your Experience/Qualificatons Navy Veteran, Experienced in government procurement, submittals, and procedure writing.
Twitter @Layda2018
County Multnomah
Term 2018
It depends on the wording of the tax cut legislation. Balancing federal programs with non-restrictive taxation practices requires responsible, and economically sound, spending practices. For example, Medicaid/Medicare has authorized payment of almost a thousand dollars for a single bag of saline with a market cost of two dollars. This is unsustainable. So long as the people's taxes are made to pay for $250 toilet seats, $750 hammers & $1k bags of saline Oregonians will loose & taxes will rise.
Ending the Corruption: Ending Taxpayer defraudment and auditing the Federal Reserve. Ending predatory partisanship & elections manipulation. End the Lobbyist Kleptocracy and pay-to-play politics Ending the Wars: Ending the unconstitutional military interventions, ending the trade wars, ending the war on cannabis and state's rights. Encourage education to decentralize and modernize, Enable solutions and legislation at the most local level possible. Everything for giving ethical representation.
By not participating in red-team/blue-team partisanship: because it is predatory upon the people. As the co-nominee of the Libertarian and Green Parties I would be the only third-party member of congress. This would mean I would have to work with members of both parties irrespective of them being members of differing political organizations. Reduction of predatory partisanship and political polarization is necessary to an ethical public administration. I will be a neutral peacemaker
Town Where You Live Portland
Your Experience/Qualificatons Precinct Committeeperson, Washington County Delegate
County Washington
Our State Government is not doing anything for reprieve, but thanks to the Yeas to The Tax Cut and Jobs Act, taxpayers in Oregon's 1st Congressional District are better off than the previous year on average by $ 1,529. Taxpayer (and regulatory) relief has been almost non-existent during the past century, in fact we live in a long term trend of increased government weight. There is still time to change one's mind about our Congressional Delegation. Otherwise, the celebration may be short-lived.
Priorities are Constitutional Rights, Transportation Infrastructure, and Good Health. The Founders are very clear about 'live and let live'. Freedom of religion - and academic freedom - is conditional on tolerance, and tolerance only exists if there is genuine willingness to respect - but no requirement for having to agree with - the other side. There is no greater cause to serve my district than to defend freedom and personal responsibility against 'let government do it'.
Reduced polarization of itself does not guarantee better results, but low taxation and reasonable regulations are conditions for prosperity. I also support low tariffs as a basis for international economic cooperation, and limited government in international affairs as well if only to be consistent. No foreign entanglements to me does not mean isolationism, but our government's ability to swim with the sharks of totalitarianism, defending the rights of the people, not taking these away.