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State Senator, 13th 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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    Sarah Grider
    (DEM, WFP)

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    Kim Thatcher
    (REP, IND, LBT)

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?

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Town Where You Live Newberg, Oregon
Your Experience/Qualificatons Educational Assistant, Newberg High School Special Education Background: Caregiver, Gentle Care Senior Home; Internal Organizer, Portland Community College (PCC) Federation of Faculty and Academic Professionals; Program Assistant, Women’s Resource Center, PCC; Public Safety Officer, PCC; Active Duty, United States Army Associate Degree, Criminal Justice, Portland Community College; Bachelor of Communications, Marylhurst University Member of the Citizens’ Rate Review Committee, City of Newberg
Twitter @sarah_grider
County Yamhill County
Oregon must take a proactive approach with out infrastructure and with our communities. We must work collaboratively, communicating with all our communities, large and small to find solutions that work rather than just continuing to do things the same way out of complacency. We must find sustainable revenue streams through balancing our corporate tax structure and reevaluating our tax kicker rebate program. These essential programs will save us both financially and in casualties during crisis.
In the same reasoning of being proactive, we can work together to share information and resources to make sure we're all prepared for these events. Including emergency preparedness training and supplies at a local level is an essential investment in our communities. Addressing growth and building plans to evaluating geological and natural disaster preparedness issues will also begin to create a culture of preparedness in our state government that will save us financial resources over time.
Oregon's corporate tax rate is about 1/3 of what it was in the 1970's, one of the lowest states overall. We can do better to support our communities. We can address the tax kicker and the practicality of the program. In addition, we can work on property tax efficiency and for that revenue to better support local communities. We need to spend money more proactively, investing in education, mental & physical healthcare and communities which will save us money in social services in the long run.
Town Where You Live Keizer
Your Experience/Qualificatons State Representative 2005-2014; State Senator 2014 to present; Appointments include Oregon Transparency Commission; Public Records Advisory Commission. 2018 Committees include General Government and Accountability, Conduct, Student Success, Legislative Audits, and Judiciary Oregon Contractors Association; Keizer, Chehalem Valley, and Wilsonville Area Chambers of Commerce; National Association of Women in Construction; Church volunteer
County Marion, Yamhill, Clackamas, Washington
Term 2018
Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility among both the public and private-sector, woven into the fabric of trust that supports our public institutions and commerce. Many of our state agencies are operating on antiquated systems. The state Chief Information Officer has recommended unifying our IT systems working with local, state, and private industries. I support this move.
The mismanagement of our forest is creating health problems for citizens, killing wildlife, and polluting our air. We must manage our forests sustainably and allow for the clearing of downed trees and brush. We can do this and also create more jobs in the logging industry.
The last biennium we had a budget surplus. The nonpartisan state economists are projecting another surplus for the next two years. We need to be creating more jobs and cutting strangling regulations that are holding small business back. It can cost tens-of-thousands of dollars before a shovel even hits the ground to build affordable homes. Owning a home has always been one of the great ways for citizens to invest in themselves and build equity into their own property. This also creates revenue.