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 currently serve as the State Representative in HD 19. I serve on the House Health Care Committee, Business and Labor and Early Childhood development. Additionally I’m on Autonomous Vehicles Task force and the Governors Children’s Cabinet. I am a member of the Marion County Budget Committee which gives me a great opportunity to interact with our county and support services to our citizens. I work at Salem Health in community relations giving me a closeup view of healthcare in our community.
It can be difficult for policies to keep up with fast growing technology. Every effort should be made to ensure our state government has appropriate training, education and backup plans in place in the event of a disaster or attack. This requires leadership from agency heads, improved infrastructure and resources.
I think we learned recently in our area during the water supply situation that increased communication between local government entities and citizen preparedness and responsibility are important.
Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a great program that trains volunteers to assist their communities when a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community’s professional response. The stronger our community is prepared and trained for disasters, the better the outcome.
We need to slow down the growth of government and measure each policy and fiscal decision against current budgets and future affordability. Government, just like families, needs to look carefully at their budgets, ensure efficiencies and make priority decisions for its citizens.
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I am a working-class husband and father of three public school children, an active community member, and a 5th generation Oregonian.
I am a union electrician that completed night and weekend coursework for a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master's degree in Renewable Energy Engineering. I also worked for a year as a page in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Oregon needs to make a strong commitment to invest in its future, starting with a thorough analysis to determine where we most vulnerable and identifying critical Infrastructure components and key resources. This will allow us to prioritize investments based on need and uncover areas where technological upgrades are needed. Infrastructure and cyber-security are both areas where there is high potential for mutually-beneficial private-public partnerships.
We can start by immediately addressing the driving force that is making these disasters worse year after year. By doing so, we can invest in job-creating programs that are aimed at transitioning to a clean, green economy while ensuring that seismic upgrades and flood and fire prevention projects are a key part of the plan.
Oregon has the lowest corporate tax burden in the country and has been making up for this by under-funding vital services and asking the working-class to bear too much responsibility. We can start by ensuring that those who are benefiting the most in this economy are paying their fair share. In addition, large corporations, who continue to employee people that must rely on public assistance programs due to their low pay, should be required to reimburse the tax payers of Oregon.