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US Representative, 4th 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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    Peter A DeFazio
    (DEM, IND, PRO, WFP)

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    (REP, CON)

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 Corvallis, OR
Your Experience/Qualificatons 12 years on Corvallis City Council
County Benton County, OR
Term 1999-2016
Federal tax cuts are a loss for Oregonians and all working people in the USA. The tax cuts contribute to the widening gulf between haves and have nots in America. The country, and Oregon, have been on a tax holiday for decades. The wealthiest 1% of the 1% need to pay their share. No lower tax rate for "unearned income." Confiscatory estate taxes. Tax stock market transactions. No cap on Social Security contributions. Close deficits with taxes, not borrowing.
My priorities are reduction of military spending, climate action to slow the destruction of our ecosystem, and ending the racialized prison industrial complex. The $5.6 trillion spent by the US on wars over the last 18 years could have been spent on health care, schools, housing and transition to a sustainable economy. No one benefits from the war economy but the greedy criminals who have now taken control of the two main political parties and all branches of our federal government.
Members of Congress must concentrate on getting the work of the country done. As a Corvallis City Councilor, I worked with other elected officials, citizens and staff with a wide variety of philosophies and world views. Very few agreed with me on most issues, but we got our work done by concentrating on our common goal of a better community.
Town Where You Live Springfield, Oregon
Your Experience/Qualificatons U.S. Congressman; Chair, Lane County Commissioner; U.S. Air Force Reserve
Twitter @DeFazio4Oregon
The Republican tax plan reduces revenues by $3 trillion; 83 percent of the tax cuts go to those earning over $500,000 and wealthy passive investors. It will increase the debt by at least $2 trillion. That money could be better spent with investments in education, health care, and job-creating infrastructure projects. Republicans are already using the debt they created to justify ransacking our critical social programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
My top priorities focus on common-sense proposals to create jobs, restore economic and educational opportunities, and lower healthcare costs. I will work to find solutions to address healthcare costs by expanding coverage, protecting consumers, creating a public option outside of the for-profit insurance industry, and strengthening Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. My district is the sixth highest nationwide in expanded Medicaid recipients. Congress must fully fund these programs.

I support legislation to overturn the Citizens United decision that opened the floodgates to special interest spending and influence in elections. Public financing of federal elections would allow campaigns to run on small donations and give ordinary Americans a stronger voice over special interests. We must put a stop to partisan redistricting and gerrymandering. I support redistricting commissions that draw more balanced, competitive districts which would produce more moderate candidates.
Town Where You Live Eugene, OR
Your Experience/Qualificatons Education: High School Diploma, 1976, Southwestern High School, Jamestown, NY. B.S, (Marine Science / Biology), 1981, U. of Miami, Coral Gables, FL. Ph.D, (Chemistry), 1989, State U. of NY at Albany, Albany, NY. Work Experience: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1989-1991 Research Chemist, Coromed, Inc., 1991-1992. Lead Chemist, SI Group, Inc., 1992-2012. Senior Lead Chemist, Hexion, Inc., 2013-2018. No political experience in public elected office.
County Lane
Term 2 Years
As a Libertarian, I oppose all government requirements for payment of taxes. Individuals should be free to voluntarily fund government activities as they see fit. Therefore, I would tend to support any initiative that seeks to reduce or eliminate federal, state, and local taxes.

Decisions regarding health care, education, and consumer and environmental protection are best left to the individual and the free market for resolution. Government should only exist to protect individual rights.
As a Libertarian, those issues that are priorities for me are: 1. Protection of individual rights and freedoms, i.e., the right to life, liberty, freedom of action, and the right to property. 2. Protection of the right to privacy and maintenance of government transparency. 3. Elimination of government debt so as to not burden future generations. 4 Support of free-markets and efforts to eliminate fraud and abuse in economic activity. 5. Promotion of peace among all people in the US and the world.
The best way to reduce polarization in Congress and the federal government in general is to reduce the impact of government on individual lives. The only legitimate role of government is to protect the basic rights of the individual.

As a final comment, I would only say that Libertarians wish to live in peace with all people who are kind, honest and reject aggression as a means to achieve power.
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