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State Representative, 23rd 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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    Danny Jaffer
    (DEM, IND, PRO, WFP, PGP)

  • Mark Karnowski
    (LBT)

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    Mike Nearman
    (REP)

Biographical Information

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?

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Town Where You Live Rural Polk County
Your Experience/Qualificatons President, Luckiamute Domestic Water Cooperative Board of Directors, 2012-present; Vertex Aerospace, Operations Manager, 2011-2012; U.S. Navy; Aviator and Operations and Plans Officer, 1986-1994/2002-2010; Oregon State Senate Minority Leaders’ Office, Intern, 1997; Legislative Assistant to Oregon Senator Cliff Trow, 1994. University of Oregon School of Law, 1997; Oregon State University, 1985.
Twitter @Jaffer4Oregon
County Polk County
Term 2 yr term
Infrastructure: Ensure that we take into account the main lines of logistics: ground transportation; air transportation; communication networks. Reinforce those that are key to ensuring emergency and recovery efforts are as viable as possible. Cyber-security, we must invest in those systems that have a proven history of commitment to security. Safeguard these systems by utilizing the best proven technology available and investing in upgrades will help guard against random and committed hacking.
Yearly education in schools dealing with natural disasters. Propose a school curriculum, so young people learn early about natural disasters, and what they can do to protect themselves and how to deal with the aftermath. Recommend on-going education, through seminars and web-based curriculum that provide the most recent information. Address issues with coastal areas during storms, tsunamis and and flooding, and wildfire in the urban-rural interface. Help homeowners lessen the potential loss.
Corporations pay tax at roughly half the percentage that the average Oregonian pays. I would propose that we prevent tax increases on the middle class, and instead look to a mild increase in taxes on corporations. I would also look at re-evaluation of how and where lottery dollars are distributed, and what the tax incentives are for individuals and businesses regarding charitable contributions and philanthropy, to encourage more support without taking away from required state functions.
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Town Where You Live Rural Polk County
Your Experience/Qualificatons Software Engineer
County Polk, Marion, Yamhill, Benton
Term 2018
As a member of the IT committee, I constantly recommend that the State consider using third party cloud services. They are cheaper, more secure and scalable.
In some cases, we can minimize these crises. We need more effective forest management practices so that we don't have so many intense wildfires. In cases where we can't control nature, such as a seismic event, we need to encourage local response.
This is not true. Oregon's Constitution requires a balanced budget. If you suggest that there is a shortfall, it is because the party in power wants to spend more than they take in. We have several great opportunities to cut spending, after years of growing government faster than inflation plus population.