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State Representative, 49th 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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    Chris Gorsek
    (DEM, WFP)

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    (REP, IND)

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    Heather Ricks

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?

Town Where You Live Troutdale
Your Experience/Qualificatons Legislator; Teacher at Mount Hood Community College; Portland Police Officer; Troutdale City Council; East County Law Enforcement Committee
Twitter @cgorsek
County Multnomah
Term Third
Because of federal preemption much of the regulatory authority is not available to state agencies which is why planning takes this into consideration. With the help of law enforcement, fire protection experts and the national guard, our state and local emergency managers have developed integrated plans and trained thousands of response teams. Our 2017 legislative transportation package includes provisions for seismic upgrades to facilitate our emergency plan and provide protection.
We must remember that investments in the environment avoid expensive problems down the road. We have to modernize our energy supply because that is where the jobs of the future and our economic growth will come from. Cap and invest is a way to protect our clean air and water as well as our pocketbooks from the wild fluctuations of international oil prices. I will continue to support environmental policy that drives innovation and lasting job creation.
When two of the first three presidents in this millenia are elected without a majority vote and some states have been sanctioned by the Supreme Court for disenfranchising voters through Gerrymandering; we must look at fairness. Whether it is an independent commission, a computer algorithm or some combination of both; we need to look at fairness in our electoral process.
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Town Where You Live Gresham, OR
Your Experience/Qualificatons Member of the Community Development and Housing Subcommittee; Court Appointed Special Advocate for Children in Multnomah, Washington, and Columbia Counties
Twitter @MsHeatherRicks
County Multnomah County (East)
I think there should definitely be some infrastructure changes/reinforcements there. I would advocate for asking an expert panel to assist in developing a plan to protect against this, and then move forward with it.
I do not know that a cap and invest bill is the best way to deal with this issue. I believe that creating incentives for companies to invest in lowering their emissions would be the best way to start, but also that education for green jobs be promoted as well. If we are educating the next generation to reduce emissions, it will happen by 2050.
I think an independent commission is a great idea. My own mother cannot vote for me in this election because of how district lines are drawn, even though she lives in the same town. While we don't have nearly as severe as an issue as some states, I do think that removing the power to district from those with agendas for how those districts will vote can only improve out local representation.