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State Representative, 31st 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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  • Brian G Stout
    (REP, IND)

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    Brad Witt
    (DEM)

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?

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Town Where You Live Clatskanie
Your Experience/Qualificatons State Boards of Forestry, Watershed Enhancement and Workforce Investment; State Representative, House District 31 since 2005.
County Columbia and portions of Multnomah and Washington
To increase our resilience statewide, Oregon must invest in the office of Emergency Management and, more critically, the capacity of local first responders and coordinating councils. Many communities are at work on plans for response to the Cascadia Event and other natural and man-made disasters. We need to support these efforts.
I intend to introduce legislation in 2019 to actively address reducing carbon emissions. Many existing models are based on faulty economic assumptions. I propose to directly reduce emissions without unnecessary bureaucracy to achieve results in the fastest means possible. I intend to keep the approach sustainable, transparent and equitable.
If we are going to move to that model, it needs to be a random drawing of registered voters in a manner similar to jury selection, in order to maintain the true independence of the commission.