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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I have over 35 years as a business executive and management consultant serving businesses from entrepreneurs to Fortune 100 and not for profits.
I have served on the Boards of Goodwill Industries, the Eugene Metro Partnership and the Lane County Planning Commission
Given that this is not my primary field of expertise my approach here would be to research best practices that are occurring or being considered for implementation elsewhere in both the public and private sectors. There are definitely people with considerable expertise in these areas, as a legislator I feel the best approach is to seek the benefit of their capabilities and facilitate discussion with the key stakeholders to implement them.
My approach here would be a combination of forest management best practices, evaluating our land use planning to discourage building in high risk areas and ensuring that building structures, roads and other key infrastructure is designed and built in such a way to address these challenges.
I also believe there is room for considerably more education of the public on both land use planning and taking appropriate precautionary steps in the event of such disasters.
As with any organization you address revenue shortfalls through two primary channels: increase revenues and ensure that expenditures are being carefully evaluated and being made for highest and best use.
We have 150,000 jobs currently in Oregon that are unfilled because of the lack of qualified workers. Employing those individuals increases the tax base substantially. Maintaining a stable and strong economic infrastructure through high value employment also contributes to the revenue base.
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Occupational Background: Judge Advocate, US Air Force; Chief, Rule of Law, Afghanistan; Legal Advisor, NATO-Sarajevo; Legal Advisor, Air Operations Center; Deputy District Attorney; Mediator
Educational Background: JD, University of Oregon, LLM, University of Houston, BS, MSHA, University of Maryland
Prior Governmental Experience: Eugene Budget Committee, Eugene Police Commission, Lane County Performance Audit Committee, Long Term Care Ombudsman, Court Appointed Special Advocate
As a member of the Oregon National Guard with responsibility for disaster preparedness and response, preparing our infrastructure for a major earthquake is a particular concern. As with all infrastructure, tank farms should be evaluated for risk and cost and prioritized appropriately for retrofitting or replacement. If they fail to make the top tier of retrofitting or replacement, mitigation plans and measures should be implemented to minimize the impact until replacement.
I support a Cap and Invest bill that 1) caps total emissions; 2) integrates us into a West Coast credit market; 3) provides free credits to appropriate industries to avoid creating a financial incentive to relocate them out of the state (into unregulated markets); and 4) prioritizes investments in job-creating sectors, especially in rural areas. We can create a bill that will spur the development of rural jobs, which will reduce overall emissions as we reduce commuting.
Redistricting is part of a continuum of policies that have grown up over time. I would support non-partisan redistricting when coupled with a change to the constitutional requirement of a 3/5 majority to raise revenue. The 3/5 requirement grew out of concerns of the potential for a non-representative majority in the House, where revenue measures must originate. Moving toward a more directly representational system is desirable, but can’t happen without considering other impacts.