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State Senator, 6th District

Qualifications: Candidate must be US Citizen and registered voter; resident of the district for 1 year prior to general election OR Const., Art. IV, §8 Age: 21 or olderTerm: 4 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. Each district is represented by one Senator and one Representative. 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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    Lee L Beyer
    (DEM)

  • Christine Ruck
    (REP)

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    Robert Schwartz
    (REP)

Biographical Information

What do you recommend to make Oregon’s infrastructure and cyber-security more resilient to natural disasters and cyber attacks?

What do you recommend to make Oregon’s population more resilient to seismic, flood and wildfire disasters?

Oregon’s revenue structure has long yielded a budget shortfall. How will you address this?

Town Where You Live Springfield
Your Experience/Qualificatons City Councilor86-93, State Rep. 91-99, State Senator 99-02 & 11-18, Oregon PUC 01-10. Various public and private boards and commissions/committees
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We have many roads and buildings that are not seismically sound. In 2017 I chaired the Transportation Committee which passed the largest comprehensive revenue bill in Oregon's history most dedicated at repair including seismic upgrade and addressing capacity. The Legislature also has passed legislation addressing seismic upgrades to schools and other buildings. For those on the coast, we have established a system.. to the extent possible.. of early warnings for earthquakes/tsunami's.
Education of pre-planning for seismic events. For wildfires, we need to keep housing out of the forest.
Oregon's revenue structure, unlike most states, has only two general purpose revenue legs, income tax for schools and state services and property taxes supporting local government. Most local services are "pay as you use" service fees. The use of fees has contributed greatly to the lack of affordable housing. Oregon, like our neighboring states needs to find a very small rate constitutionally restricted consumption tax that will support schools where most of state revenue goes.
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Campaign Address 1852 s61st
Spfld, OR 97478
Town Where You Live Springfield
Your Experience/Qualificatons Activist my whole life. Community organizer for ACORN in low income areas in Chicago and St.Louis. Created a pilot recycling program in Chicago that became the model the the city wide program. Helped elect 1st openly gay HIV positive candidate for state senate in Illinois. Helped elect governor Ryan in Illinois because the would ban capital punishment. In Oregon raised money for cancer, HIV, greenhill, Eugene ballet, Worked with Rep Lively to pass anti harassment legislation.
County Usa
Term 2018
Oregon has done a lot to prepare but so much more needs to be done. My concern is that the most vulnerable populations are under served. We need to do more to protect the elderly and the children from identity theft and have stronger programs to assist schools, hospitals and assisted living populations when and if disaster strikes
The wildfire situation is getting worse and worse every year. The pollution from the fires is tough on our younger and older residents. More private public partnerships have to happen to protect us for the needless wasting of wood as it goes up in smoke. Flood and seismic are harder to manage. Oregon needs to put their best foot forward in addressing these potentially deadly events. Once again more must be done to protect our most vulnerable populations. I will fight for them.
I believe it is not really moral to balance the budget off the backs of the elderly and the kids in school. Taxes on awful choices must be looked at. I would gladly tax soda and any other produce that claims to be food but really isn’t. In addition the unions, which played such an important role in building this great state have become bloated and self serving. The audits done by our amazing Secretary of State Richardson must be looked at and implemented to allow Oregon to live within it budget.