State Representative, 12th 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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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
Previously served as City Council Member and Mayor of Springfield- Have served as State Representative since 2013
Continued investments in bridges and other key transportation system priorities based on those most likely to fail and those most critical to recovery efforts. In addition, identifying other resources which could be mobilized that may not be under the control of the State of Oregon.
On the cyber-security front first and foremost the state must do more to understand where the threats might come from and then agree to strategies to implement to limit risks. Key is being diligent.
Education! The more people understand the nature of the threat and what they can do individually, the more likely they are to be prepared. Unfortunately it is human nature to think it will only happen to someone else. At the local and state level providing more information around needed supplies and steps to take to ensure they are available along with supporting programs that are key in responding to help citizens.
I will continue to work with my colleagues to find agreement on tax reform including work to reduce the tax expenditures currently approved as incentives for a variety of reasons. If the incentives are not returning to the taxpayer the expected return then they should be eliminated. Any long-term revenue increasing measures have to also be linked to expenditure controls to minimize the risk of only continuing the cycle of costs exceeding revenues.
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