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State Senator, 8th 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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    Bryan Eggiman
    (LBT)

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    Sara A Gelser
    (DEM, IND, WFP)

  • Erik S Parks
    (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 Albany
Your Experience/Qualificatons Silverton Union High School Graduate 1988; Automotive Management Institute Certificate - service advisor skills training, June 2000; Automotive Management Institute Certificate - work smarter to reduce stress & increase profits, July 2002; CARQUEST Technical Institute Certificate - business management training, July 2002; ASE Automotive Service Excellence - Service Consultant License; No prior government experience
County Benton
Term 2019-2022
Remove cyber attackers from the equation. The better we can locate, capture, prosecute and put them away in prison. The less attacks on our infrastructure and computer systems will be happening. Also we should be giving any up an coming possible cyber attackers good paying jobs in our cyber security teams to combat other cyber attackers.
Finish making all vehicle bridges and overpasses earth quake safe. So emergency vehicles can still get around after a devastating earth quake. All dams that need to be upgraded as well, should be upgraded. Then the dams won’t fail during a devastating earth quake. That would stop catastrophic flooding from happening. For other flooding instead of just letting the population know where the flooding is, but also alternative routes so they can still get around easier to work,
First off PERS needs to be reformed to not be such a burden on our tax revenue. All employees on PERS need to contribute to there PERS account. Just like a private retirement account. No more free rides. Go after, find and stop all government tax revenue waste.
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Town Where You Live Corvallis
Your Experience/Qualificatons Corvallis School Board, 2001-2006 Oregon House of Representative, 2005-2014 Oregon State Senate, 2015-present National Council on Disability, 2011-2015
Twitter @sensaragelser
County Linn and Benton
Oregon's information technology systems are woefully out of date. Updating legacy computer systems is expensive, but it must be prioritized. This will save money in the long term for all government services, but is especially important in the face of natural disasters and emergencies. Citizens must be able to count on government information systems to protect their personal information and deliver information when, where and how they need it.
We need to help all Oregonians prepare for disasters with appropriate stores of emergency food, water and other supplies. We must be sure our emergency alert systems and community shelter options are ready on a moment's notice. We must strengthen our planning and response for elderly and disabled Oregonians that cannot evacuate quickly. We must look to science for smart forest management practices and to address climate change if we want to address our growing wildfires.
We need to put partisan politics aside and set Oregon on a sustainable path for its fiscal future. Our revenue system is out of balance and does not ask large out of state corporations to pay their fair share. We also need to address the inequities in our property tax system. Oregon is the only state in the nation with a "kicker." We need to find a smarter way to handle excess revenue that prepares us for emergencies and economic downturns.
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