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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I have served as the Representative from District 37 for nearly eight years. I've been self-employed as a small business owner continuously since 2006. My education experience includes a Communications Degree from Southern Oregon University, with a minor in hospitality management, as well as an MBA from Marylhurst University. A native Oregonian, I've lived in West Linn since 2004. My family is active in many of our community charities, youth sports, and business organizations.
One of the most important things we must do as a state, particularly for small and local government entities, is to ensure that in the event of a natural disaster, government can come back on line immediately. In a previous legislative session, I proposed a bonding threshold of up to $100 million for data resiliency. Local jurisdictions would be able to use those funds to redundantly store government records, and on an opt-in basis, citizens could store data like medical/prescription history.
Oregonians should have more education about how to be disaster-ready. Basic things like emergency planning for their own households is key. Failed forest management practices have resulted in steady growth of wildfires. We must listen to experts who believe we need to properly thin the forests and allow fires to naturally burn themselves out where it is safe to do so. Coastal flood risks for people can be mitigated by moving key infrastructure like hospitals/schools out of tsunami & flood paths.
After four straight biennia of record revenue, I would dispute there's a budget shortfall. Instead, I would submit that as revenues increased, the legislature kept finding ways to spend the money and grow the size of state government. In fact, revenues have exceeded expectations by nearly $1.5 billion dollars, triggering three kicker returns (including the anticipated kicker in 2019). Before the next economic downturn, we need to reduce spending and redirect the savings to paying down PERS/debt.
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West Linn, OR
I have worked on the front lines of healthcare for the last 20 years; as a Registered Nurse for the first ten years and a Family nurse practitioner for the last ten. Currently I specialize in palliative and hospice care, serving people at the end of their life. In the past I served as an ambassador for the national health service corps in some of our nation's most neglected communities. I have felt for a long time we need more nurses representing us in our state capitals.
Cyber-security is a growing problem in today's society. We need to make sure that Oregon does not lag the nation when it comes to upgrading and maintaining out cuber0security from attacks and natural disasters. I will work with experts in the field to make sure Oregon is not left vulnerable to these types of incidents. As a nurse, I always contact an expert when dealing with specialized issues, as state representative I will do the same.
I will work with local firefighters, rescue workers, and public health officials to understand ways to improve emergency preparedness. Decreasing response times for emergency services in our rural communities, as well as improving emergency access to our small towns across the state. Our major transportation arteries are in desperate need of overhaul which is one of the only major access routes for many of our coastal cities as well as Interstate 84, our only major route through the gorge.
I will address Oregon's need for revenue reform by requiring competitive corporate tax policies. My background is in Nursing; I do not claim to be able to solve the problems of Oregon’s budget shortfall. However, I plan to delve more deeply into the nuances of our State’s financial situation and I look forward to listening to and better understanding policy and how to improve Oregon's budget shortfall.