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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Fall Creek, Oregon
I've served for nearly two terms in the Oregon Legislature. Prior to that, in my work as a Medicaid dental practitioner, I've served the community doing charitable dental care through my non-profit, Caring Hands Worldwide. In the legislature I serve as Vice-Chair House Healthcare Committee; a member of House Committee on Early Childhood and Family Services; and on Ways & Means Subcommittee on Human Services.
As a wildland fire fighter, I see firsthand the need for infrastructure investments. We need to be better managers of our forests to prevent the catastrophic wildfires we've seen in the past few years. As a dentist, I know how important data privacy is. We need to ensure our state agencies and local governments have data resiliency tools, both in the event of a natural disaster, which could wipe out government records, or in preventing cyber attacks. Protecting Oregonians should be a priority.
Every year during fire season, I see the need to better prepare Oregonians for how to respond to a disaster. Local governments are the best place to disseminate information to their residents, but the state can be supportive in providing resources to help communicate. Every Oregonian should have a plan for how they would stay in their home (food, water, medication, pet needs) or what they would do in the event of an evacuation. We need to get more training out to our citizens.
Oregon continues to take in more money than it ever has, yet fails to properly spend it. A recent update from the Secretary of State revealed concerns about $106 million in questionable spending. Expensive lawsuits in DHS plague our state. We waste money in cost overruns and project like the Columbia River Crossing and Cover Oregon which never even get off the ground. As a business owner, I'd be out of business if I ran it the way state government is run. Let's focus on cost control first.
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Occupational background: Over 15 years experience as local and state government public servant: Senior Community Health Analyst, Lane County Public Health; Senior Epidemiology Specialist, Environmental Specialist, Research Analyst, Health Educator, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
Educational Background: University of Missouri, Columbia, AB; Loma Linda University, MPH; Oregon Labor Candidate School Graduate
Lane and Douglas
I recommend increasing public education on natural disaster preparedness. We also should retrofit our buildings, bridges, and other infrastructure to protect against the effects of earthquakes across the State and floods and wildfires in high risk areas. To protect from cyber attacks, we should fund and support programs like Cyber Oregon. Most importantly we need to protect our election systems from cyber attacks. I will advocate for funding to increase our resiliency.
In Oregon we need to be prepared for inevitable natural disasters. The first step is to educate the public on the prevention of and preparedness for these disasters. We also need to increase earthquake and flood insurance requirements, control costs of insurance coverage, and educate on the importance of this insurance. We should put government resources into retrofitting buildings and other infrastructure for wildfire and flood protections, especially those in high risk areas.
To raise revenue I would increase corporate taxes so that we can substantially invest in our children, schools, and communities. Oregon has one of the lowest corporate tax rates in the country and I believe that it is time for the largest corporations to be fairly taxed. Working families have carried the majority of the tax burden for too long, while big corporations have gotten out of paying their fair share, and as a result we consistently under fund education and other important services.