State Representative, 41st 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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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
Current Occupation: State Representative; Nonprofit Environmental Attorney
Prior Governmental Experience: Milwaukie City Council; Library Services Expansion Task Force; Regional Wastewater Advisory Board
Our cities, like others around the world, are facing geologic and climate-driven threats. While we don't face the same immediate hurricane, rain, and sea rise dangers that other cities do, there is always more we must and can do to prepare for a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. That includes ensuring that our energy providers are prepared to respond to emergency situations in the event of an earthquake or catastrophic event, and diversifying our energy sources toward more renewables.
As co-Vice Chair of the Carbon Reduction Committee, and with a son who will be my age in 2050, I want our kids to inherit the same gorgeous state that drew many of us to make Oregon our home. That means we each have to do our part to curb our carbon emissions, and prepare to adapt to Oregon's changing climate. The Legislature has undertaken a variety of measures already such as the Low Carbon fuel standard - and by joining other states in cap and invest, we'll continue making a difference.
At a time when many people feel like our country is more polarized than ever, I understand the appeal of an independent commission to avoid gerrymandering and partisan politics. A minority of states employ such a commission, and structure it differently state by state. While most of those commissions are nonpartisan, not all are. Oregon has proven its ability to find common ground around redistricting without the need for a separate oversight body, and I hope we can do it again in 2020.
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