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State Senator, 26th 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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    Chrissy Reitz
    (DEM, WFP)

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    Chuck Thomsen
    (REP, IND)

Biographical Information

Ninety-five percent of Oregon's liquid fuel flows through the tank farms on the Willamette River. In a large earthquake the soil beneath them may liquify. What measures will you take to protect against this disaster?

What should be the role of the state in reducing greenhouse gas emissions to a level 85% below 1990 levels by 2050? Describe your views on the Cap and Invest bill and other approaches.

With the coming 2020 census, redistricting will become an urgent issue. What are your thoughts on changing to an independent commission?

Town Where You Live Hood River
Your Experience/Qualificatons Board Vice-Chair, Hood River County School Board; Board Member, Hood River County Education Foundation; Board Member, Providence Child Center Foundation; Founder, Gorge Kids Triathlon; Volunteer, Hood River Warming Shelter, Music Festival of the Gorge, SMART
County Hood River
A critical first step is to take preventive measures, including retrofitting existing infrastructure and transportation services to make them more resistant to large earthquakes or other natural disasters. Improvements to existing infrastructure will come from the 2017 Transportation Package, but we can be doing more to prioritize this issue. I would like to look into the cost and effectiveness of further investments in emergency shut off and transfer systems in Oregon’s existing pipelines.
The State has a responsibility to help protect and preserve Oregon’s environment and natural resources for future generations. The Legislature should play a significant role in efforts to address the root causes of climate change. I support Cap and Invest, because it’s a practical approach to limiting our State’s emissions, holding large polluters accountable, and generating revenue to invest in Clean Energy Jobs. These types of environmental legislation benefits all Oregonians.
There are both benefits and consequences that could come with switching Oregon’s redistricting process to an Independent Commission. Historically, I believe Oregon’s redistricting process has been effective and fair. I am in favor of any updates to the redistricting process that would help ensure district lines do not unnecessarily cut through communities, dividing them and potentially weakening the voice that community has in State government. I look forward to learning more about this topic.
Town Where You Live Hood River
Your Experience/Qualificatons Educational Background: BS (Economics & Political Science); Willamette University (1979), Hood River High School (1975). Prior Governmental Experience: State Senator (2010- present), Hood River County Commissioner (1994-2010), Hood River Planning Commission (1990-1994). Community Service: Volunteer Firefighter; Pine Grove Fire Dept (1981-2017), Little League coach, basketball coach, OSAA Basketball Referee, Providence Hood River Golf Tournament founder, Past President; Hood River Rotary.
County Serve as State Senator for parts of Clackamas and Multnomah, and all of Hood River
Term 4 years
I am on the Hanford Cleanup Board and have been a member of various emergency-related committees, including the one for the Eagle Creek Fire aftermath formed by Gov. Brown. As a volunteer firefighter I know the importance of disaster preparedness. For our liquid fuel tanks, we must do everything we can to both mitigate their risk, as well as plan for a worse case scenario. I believe we should allocate funding and incentives to improve their safety. We also should enhance preparedness training.

All Oregonians must be asked to do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Everyone can do something. As an example, I converted from diesel to propane smudge pots in our pear orchard. Oregon must chart a course that keeps us ahead of the curve as the world changes. I do support the Cap and Invest concept, and welcome a collaborative discussion and plan as long as all sides are at the table. In the past that hasn't been the case, which has sadly made it more polarizing. I like bipartisanship.
Yes, an independent commission would be the right course provided there are some checks. I believe members of this commission should require at least a three-fourths majority of the legislature for appointment. Above all, the end result of this commission has to be undeniably independent. I think Oregon is due for a major shift back to district maps that make sense, and this next census could be the time it happens.