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State Representative, 29th 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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    Susan McLain
    (DEM, WFP)

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    David Molina
    (REP, IND)

  • William A Namestnik
    (LBT)

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?

Town Where You Live Forest Grove
Your Experience/Qualificatons Metro Councilor, 1991-2006, State Representative 2015-present
County Washington
Term 3rd
I believe that these are two very important issues facing our state. I know Oregon can continue to build on Oregon’s 2017 Cybersecurity Advisory Council to make sure the state’s data is held to industry standards and subject to constant review procedures. Natural disasters are a focus of mine as the Transportation Policy Chair. I want to continue to ensure state agencies have strong relationships with local authorities so that relief/resiliency efforts are effective.
First and foremost, Oregon must continue to fight climate change (which amplifies many natural disasters) by continuing to become a leader in green energy. I believe that the state has been doing good work to build more resilient communities to all types of natural disasters, but more work must be done. Continuing to make smart investments in infrastructure improvements in public structures and buildings like schools, bridges, highways, and other services are critical.
Oregon’s budget issues are complicated and contributed to several different factors, but over the last three years state leaders have been looking intently at revenue reforms across the entire system to ensure Oregon is creating a fair, equitable, and functional system . My late husband was a small business owner, managing a small machine shop that employed 7 workers in Cornelius. Making sure families, workers, and small businesses are not overburdened will always be one of my main goals.
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Town Where You Live Forest Grove
Your Experience/Qualificatons David Molina is an entrepreneur, former Army Captain, and father of three. David is the son of immigrants from the State of Nayarit, Mexico, grew up working in the fields and agriculture, a former high school drop-out, and was the first to graduate high school, college and earn an officer commission in the Army. David has never held public office, but did work one session in the legislature as Committee Administrator, House Committee on Veterans & Emergency Services.
Twitter @davidcmolina
County Washington
We need to ensure infrastructure is one of three major investments we make and brought up to earthquake codes. The second is cyber-security. This starts with standing up an Oregon National Guard Cyber Network Defense Team, along with boosting state cyber defense capabilities. Working w/ the Army National Guard we can support this effort and more importantly ensure state and guard cyber protection teams are invested in to support against cyber attacks.
First, we should make major investments into OEM and make grants available to county emergency officials. We need to ensure first responders have the latest and greatest interagency communication networks. Funding and grants need to become more available to coastal communities where the impact will be most grave. We need to make more funding available to guard artillery units fire-fighting howitzers to more quickly put fires out. We need to allow logging back into rural communities.
Oregon must cut back and limit state spending now, outsourcing and privatizing many functions that are, or should be relegated to the private sector. For instance, DMV, department fleets and some areas of ODOT should be cut back or privatized all together. In general, we must limit state budgets, and thus hiring to limit long-term PERS retirements. Oregon doesn’t have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem.
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