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State Representative, 5th 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: 2 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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  • Sandra A Abercrombie
    (REP)

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    Pam Marsh
    (DEM, IND, 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?

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Town Where You Live Ashland, Oregon
Your Experience/Qualificatons Oregon State Legislature (2017-present); Ashland City Council (2012-2016); Ashland Planning Commission (2006-2012); Ashland Charter Review Commission (2004-2006). Member: State Broadband Advisory Council, Oregon Retirement Savings Board. Legislative Committees: Revenue, Economic Development (vice-chair), Energy and Environment, Ways and Means General Government Subcommittee. Executive Director, Ashland Emergency Food Bank (2012-2016); Co-owner, Green Spring Inn and Cabins (1994-present)
County Jackson
Term 2019-2020
We need to: --develop microgrids and renewable energy generation that can function independently when the larger grid fails. --build a broadband network that is redundant and connects to an out-of-state internet hotel --connect the state's major data center to back-up systems located out-of-state --invest in transportation updates to ensure mobility if significant infrastructure fails --continue development of the cybersecurity Center of Excellence --invest in coordinated disaster planning
We should: --implement significant climate legislation to mitigate the changing weather patterns that fuel floods, turbulent storms, and wildfires --adopt public health strategies that identify and protect vulnerable populations --incentivize seismic, energy, and air filtration upgrades for commercial, public and residential structures --undertake strategic planning to bolster existing businesses and broaden economies impacted by irregular weather patterns --invest in disaster planning
In the 2017 session I advocated for a gross receipts tax that would have tapped all business sectors. Our corporate income tax is problematic because the number of C corporations is declining; additionally, tax avoidance strategies make it extremely difficult to identify and tax profits. A revenue approach, as in a GRT, could be much more straightforward and easy to calculate and administer. We need a tax structure that is equitable, stable and produces adequate revenue for state services.