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State Senator, 20th 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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    Charles Gallia
    (DEM, WFP)

  • Alan R Olsen
    (REP, IND)

  • Kenny Sernach

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 Carver, Oregon
Your Experience/Qualificatons *5th generation Oregonian. *Raised in Clackamas County. *Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Middle East Studies Specialist Certificate, PhD in Public Administration and Policy, Portland State University. *Senior Policy Advisor for Research and Evaluation at the Oregon Health Authority (retired). *Co-founder of Oregon Pediatric Improvement Partnership, aiding clinics to provide better patient care. *Member: Clackamas County Parks Advisory Board and Economic Development Commission
County Clackamas
The transportation package recently passed by the legislature took a step in the right direction for ensuring our infrastructure is maintained. However, our bridges, ports, and energy infrastructure are vulnerable to natural disasters. We must invest in upgrades that will make our infrastructure more resilient. Cyber attacks are one of the greatest threats facing our security and democracy. We must take them seriously and work with cyber security experts to make certain our systems are secure.
Oregon has gotten better about informing and training tourists and residents on the coast of potential tsunami risks by developing warning systems, signage, and practicing evacuation drills. We can do the same with regard to floods and wildfires, and make earthquake, flood, and wildfire insurance more accessible. By educating the public of the risks and having a robust disaster preparedness plan across the State, we can mitigate negative impacts of these disasters and rebuild more quickly after.
Oregonians deserve and have high expectations for the level of service provided by our agencies. Businesses deserve predictability. However, everything from healthcare to education to parks come with increasing costs. To provide Oregonians with the services they expect and address the revenue shortfall, we must continue to look for operational efficiencies, assure that resources are focused, as well as expect more of organizations and individuals that have prospered in Oregon’s economy.
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