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State Representative, 28th 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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    Jeff Barker
    (DEM, REP, IND)

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    Lars D. H. Hedbor

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?

Campaign Address P.O. Box 6751
Aloha, OR 97007
Town Where You Live Aloha
Your Experience/Qualificatons State Representative since 2003
County Washington
Term 8th term
Work with our Secretary of State and county clerks to ensure that they have the resources to secure our voting systems. Use the state's bonding authority and gas tax revenue to retrofit our infrastructure to make it more earthquake proof. Continue working with coastal communities to prepare to weather tsunamis.
More forest management to reduce the number of catastrophic fires we've been experiencing every summer.
Review every existing tax credit and raise tobacco taxes.
Town Where You Live Beaverton, OR
Your Experience/Qualificatons US Air Force, Software Engineer, Web Designer, Product Manager, Sales & Marketing Director, Technical Writer, Author.
County Washington
Term 2018-20
A clear-eyed assessment of the risks and likelihoods of each of the threats, and rational preparations, with an emphasis for private infrastructure on voluntary private-sector efforts over inflexible gov't imposed solutions. Public infrastructure improvements should be prioritized with disaster resiliency as one of several key factors, along with taxpayer burden, property rights, and economic benefit.
Communicating the same clear-eyed assessment of risks and likelihood of the risks that face Oregon, together with ending the perverse incentives for higher-risk construction that are provided by some forms of well-intended gov't disaster relief. The knowledge that the owners of a poorly-sited development will not bear the costs of even the most predictable disasters increases the danger that such development will take place.
Oregon has the highest personal-income state tax rate in the nation, and the average Oregonian spends over eight percent of her income on state and local taxes. The state gov't of Oregon does not have a revenue problem; it has a spending problem. Introducing various hidden sales taxes such as my opponent has voted for (HB 4139), or increases tax collections otherwise will not solve our budget shortfall; only spending restraint can do that.