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State Representative, 6th 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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    Michelle Blum Atkinson
    (DEM, WFP)

  • Kim Wallan
    (REP, IND)

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 Medford, Oregon
Your Experience/Qualificatons OCCUPATIONAL BACKGROUND: Procare Software; Business and Nonprofit Communications; EDUCATION: University of Oregon, Bachelor of Science, Journalism and Communications; South Medford High School; GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE: School Board, Kids Unlimited Academy; Jackson County Library Advisory Committee; COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: Co-Founder of Libraries for All; Family Nurturing Center Board; Friends of the Medford Library; Medford Food Project; Blum Family Foundation
Twitter @MichelleBlum
County Jackson
Term 2 years
I want Oregon’s bridges, roads, electrical power and other key infrastructure to be better maintained and safeguarded. Medford’s own I5 viaduct would almost certainly fail in the event of a sizable earthquake. Likewise, our government’s computer systems also need to be properly engineered and secured. My background in computer software will help me to work with legislators and government officials to protect Oregon’s data, digital infrastructure, and elections from exploitation.
Smart investments into Oregon’s infrastructure will help keep people safe from natural disasters while creating a large number of jobs. Oregon’s Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan was approved by FEMA and lays out much of the groundwork needed for infrastructure. As a State Representative, I will help ensure that there is good communications between federal, state, county, and municipal agencies so that the infrastructure plan gets implemented as efficiently as possible.
The State of Oregon has a duty to be fiscally responsible and efficient with taxpayers' money. But our state government also has a duty to protect Oregonians who right now are struggling with housing, healthcare, education and environmental concerns. The state will have to continue to look at tax reform, new revenue and ways to stabilize taxes. There are some hard discussions to be had and negotiations to make.
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