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State Senator, 19th 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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    David C Poulson
    (REP, IND)

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    Rob Wagner
    (DEM, WFP)

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 Lake Oswego
Your Experience/Qualificatons As a professional civil engineer and business manager, I have been involved with public infrastructure funding, contracting, planning, engineering and construction for 35 years. I am a 20 year Rotarian, Current Board member for the Lake Oswego Chamber of commerce and I'm the current chair of Lake Oswego's Development Review Commission. I have an international MBA focused on China. Married 31 years, two adult children.
County Clackamas
Merge scheduling and funding of municipal/county capital improvement projects with priorities established through the Oregon Resilience Plan. This win - win approach will lead to more funding availability for Resiliency defined projects.
More public outreach. Hold town hall meetings to not just discuss preparations but to engage in scenario planning exercises to be more comprehensive about what may occur. This is and can be a perpetually recurring event that is part of local schools, city/ county events and again town halls. State matching funding to support the outreach must be seriously considered.
State tax reform. Grow the economy through adoption of my Make Oregon Green Again initiative. Provide incentives to reorient the economy away from asset speculation and toward a focus on production, services and technologies. Pursue channel deepening to allow larger container ships. Change PERS from a defined benefits plan to a defined contribution plan. There are many other ways that are part of a larger public discussion. All should be on the table.
Town Where You Live Lake Oswego
Your Experience/Qualificatons State Senator; Elected School Board Member; Associate Vice President Portland Community College; Legislative Affairs Director for American Federation of Teachers-Oregon; Legislative Aide; Governor's Appointee to Oregon Commissioner for Voluntary Action and Service; County Chair Oregon League of Conservation Voters; City Club Civics Education and Advocacy Committee
Twitter @OrSenRobWagner
County Clackamas, Washington, Multnomah
Term 2019-2023
The Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission actively promotes earthquake and tsunami awareness and preparedness through the Oregon Resilience Plan (Plan). Senate Bill 850 from 2017 is strengthening their charge - however additional resources are needed to promote education and seismic upgrades. I'm especially focused on making sure our schools are safe places for our children and community. In 2017, Governor Brown signed the bill establishing Oregon Cyber-Security Advisory Council.
Resilience requires both education and agency coordination. Children and adults should be drilled on hazard related to natural disasters. State, local and federal agencies need resources to mitigate catastrophe and prepare in order to effectively respond to natural disaster. In terms of wildfire, Oregon needs to do our part in addressing global climate change, and we need more proactive measures to prevent forest fires.

In the 1970s, corporations in Oregon contributed nearly 20% of the state general fund; today that number has decreased to around 6%. This has shifted the responsibility to individuals to pay for vital services like education, health care, senior services and public safety. I support additional revenue for targeted investments in education, job training, and providing access to health care. We also need more stability in our tax code and adequate resources through for our rainy day fund.