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
Oregon Lottery - Technical Analyst, Past Chairman Pacific City Community Planning Advisory Committee, ODFW Cascade Head Marine Reserve Community Team, Precinct Committee Person Tillamook County & Oregon National Guard.
Quite frankly I'm pretty leary of current cyber security in state government agencies. I worked for the Oregon Lottery for many years and my conversations with IT pros noted that it is difficult work where one needs to be on constant alert for intrusion. It was my understanding that the security group in that agency had several individuals monitoring their systems 24 hours a day. Even then, someone in the agency could make a mistake opening an intrusion attack. Pro oversight is always needed.
Public education is the best way to protect the citizenry. Also, dedicated emergency supplies and equipment should be stockpiled in strategic areas accessible to emergency personnel and first responders. There should also be an on-going process to monitor these vital supplies and replace those that are dated on a regular basis.
Seriously, we are currently spending $10 Billion dollars more than we are taking in on taxes and fees. PERS has an unfunded liability of $25 Billion dollars. That makes us $35 Billion dollars in debt right now. New taxes is not the answer. With the current economy doing fairly well we must stop spending for every whim the legislature creates. The economy WILL cycle into recession sooner or later. State government has a MASSIVE middle management problem. Eliminating that would save 13-16%.
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I am now completing my third term representing the Central Coast and Coastal Range. I chair the Committee on Economic Development and Trade, serve on the Governor's Commission on Senior Services, and co-chair the Budget Committee on Transportation and Economic-Development. Susan and I have lived on the Central Oregon Coast for 25 years, built a successful business here, and have long been involved in community affairs. I hold a Master’s Degree from OSU and an MBA from Willamette.
Someone sticks a shovel in the ground in Tualatin and our coastal internet goes dark, phones don’t work, and emergency communications go offline. This isn’t just about large disasters but everyday fragility. We can do better!
Public and private entities need to work together to harden our resources, create redundancies, and improve the speed, quality, and coverage of services.
This is exactly the work my Committee has been preparing for the 2019 session.
We need to take the possibility of serious natural disasters seriously. To better prepare, I have proposed a detailed re-structuring emergency education in public schools to better prepare students and their families.
New construction at the Hatfield Center in Newport demonstrates that we can make public buildings that will withstand a major earthquake and provide a safe haven to people nearby.
I have also proposed legislation to help small businesses recover quickly and put people back to wor
Spending needs to prioritize students, seniors, good job creation, and health care.
Our tax system is a hodge-podge of traditional taxes, ballot measures, and special-interest breaks. What we need is comprehensive reform that provides fairness, predictability, and stability.
I’ve proposed changes to help small business and seniors. We need to reconsider the kicker. And we need a tax structure that balances corporate and individual contributions.