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State Representative, 27th 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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    Katy Brumbelow
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    Sheri Malstrom
    (DEM, WFP)

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    Brian Pierson
    (REP, IND)

Biographical Information

Ninety-five percent of Oregon's liquid fuel flows through the tank farms on the Willamette River. In a large earthquake the soil beneath them may liquify. What measures will you take to protect against this disaster?

What should be the role of the state in reducing greenhouse gas emissions to a level 85% below 1990 levels by 2050? Describe your views on the Cap and Invest bill and other approaches.

With the coming 2020 census, redistricting will become an urgent issue. What are your thoughts on changing to an independent commission?

Town Where You Live Beaverton
Your Experience/Qualificatons B.A. International Studies - political science and economics Communications - publication experience Successful community activism in SW PDX - organizing events to bring diverse populations together in support of community building projects home educator of four children successful work history in retail management breadth of experience in service professions ranging from elder caregiving to food service quality control Excellent writing and communication skills Understanding of the area
County Washington
Term 2019-2020
The disaster of the 9.0 earthquake expected in the Cascadia subduction zone needs more educational resources from a local level, particularly to those living in the affected areas. The subsequent loss of fuel that would occur would of course be devastating, as would the lack of access to clean water, which is of even greater concern. The Oregon Fuel Action Plan is a great place to build education from (https://www.oregon.gov/energy/safety-resiliency/Documents/Oregon-Fuel-Action-Plan.pdf).
I do not believe the Cap and Invest bill can address the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions long term positively because it will negatively impact consumers by giving them higher bills before providing them with viable alternatives. Creating a healthy economic environment will play a much larger role, as will educating young people regarding the impact which their daily activities have, and educating them in science and technology so that they can propose new alternatives.
An independent commission for redistricting makes perfect sense. Partisan interests do not allow for unbiased redistricting. Additionally, I believe this commission should be a nonpartisan, rather than a bipartisan commission, chosen in much the same way judges are chosen and given specific guidelines of choosing districts based upon natural and geographic boundaries and population equity.
Town Where You Live Beaverton
Your Experience/Qualificatons Oregon State Representative; Oregon Commission for Women; Washington County Commission for Children and Families,Public Health Nurse, Multnomah County Health Department
County Washington
Oregon must continue to make investments in seismic readiness and wildfire prevention. The Oregon legislature has begun these investments, through private-public investments in seismic rehabilitation (SB 85, 2015), the establishment of a state Resilience Office (HB 2270, 2015), a grant program to provide rural communities with public safety resources (HB 2687, 2017), and retrofitting bridges for seismic readiness (HB 2017, 2017).
I am a supporter of the Clean Energy Jobs legislation that will be discussed in the 2019 legislative session. The state of Oregon needs to increase involvement with helping reduce the impacts of climate change while the federal government is not as involved and use our political capital to increase pressure on them to get re-engaged in increasing development of clean and renewable energies.
We had a constituent request legislation about creating an independent commission. We are in the process of drafting a legislative concept that follows the California model of commission for redistricting. I am supportive of such a commission. If we go forward with such a commission in Oregon it will be important that all of our diverse voices have an opportunity to give input into the process.
Town Where You Live Beaverton
Your Experience/Qualificatons Have served our country as an officer in the Army after graduating from West Point. Then 20+ years in industry managing and leading a variety of large and medium sized businesses. Would like to apply the leadership and business skills developed over the past 30+ years to government. Helping to craft "intelligent compromises" between the parties, as I did in industry. Listening to all sides and then crafting, communicating and acting on our plan. Bringing a truly independent voice for unity.
County Washington
Liquefaction is a clear risk and we need to put into place a phased legislated approach to address it. 1) Companies conduct vulnerability assessments 2) Assessments are turned into plans that are overseen by the state 3) Approved plans are then turned into milestones that the companies must stay in compliance or face penalties. This approach is in the best interest of the people of the state and the companies as well as they can in turn appeal for lower insurance rates by lower risk.
The state has tremendous role to play in lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Three major greenhouse gas sources and recommended solution 1) Transportation - improved infrastructure, getting traffic moving on the highways 2) Utilities - incentivize the use of renewable energy and upgrading of existing power plants 3) Industry Focus on clean air and emission technology. Cap and Invest appears to be overly complex and will create too many work arounds. Focus on the objective of lowering emissions
An independent commission that focuses on districts by geography not by gerrymandering is essential for the perceived fairness of future elections. The two party system creates a fight over who gets to draw the line so that one side or the other is represented. I believe that if we can use our traditional boundaries municipality, county, city, to the greatest extent possible especially for state representatives is crucial to ensure that we have legislature that whose complexion represents us.