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State Representative, 53rd 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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    Eileen Kiely
    (DEM)

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    Jack Zika
    (REP, IND)

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 Sunriver
Your Experience/Qualificatons I was a financial controller and manager for one of the largest manufacturing companies in the world. Solving difficult problems, especially money problems, was my best skill. I managed multi-million dollar budgets, and negotiated annual contracts worth half billion dollars. Every day, I sat across the table from people who didn't agree with me, and kept negotiating. Central Oregon needs a strong voice in Salem who will listen to diverse ideas and fight for the best solutions for our region.
Twitter @Kiely4OR53
County Deschutes
Oregon’s 2013 Resilience Plan was created to address seismic events, and recovery. Central Oregon has little risk from seismic activity, but significant risk from drought, wildfire and winter storm. We need a plan to address these issues, also.

Wildfire is a significant issue in our region, and we need to encourage the efforts of groups like Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project to work with foresters and environmentalist to find real solutions based on science, rather than ideology.
In the event of a major earthquake in Western Oregon, Central Oregon is expected to provide staging for emergency crews and resources, and relocation from some of the thousands of displaced Oregonians. The rapid growth in our region has already stressed infrastructure, and we need major investments to bring our roads, water, alternative energy sources, digital access and available housing up to the needs of our current population. Without this base, we can’t respond to additional stress.
PERS underlies revenue shortages at all levels of governments. The 2003 PERS reforms significantly cut retirement expenses, it did nothing to address the debt incurred over the previous 40 years. Employers now have to divert revenue intended for operating costs to pay that debt, and like a student loan, we cannot default or rewrite the terms.

We need revenue for all levels of Oregon Government fund the reserves to pay this debt, and legislators held accountable for finding a fair solution.
Town Where You Live Redmond
Your Experience/Qualificatons City of Redmond Planning Commissioner City of Redmond Neighborhood Revitalization Committee US 97 South Redmond Corridor Advisory Committee Vice President of Central Oregon Association of Realtors Chairman of Central Oregon Association of Realtor Government Affairs Committee State Director for the Oregon Association of Realtors Oregon Association of Realtors Strategic Planning Committee Oregon Association of Realtors Government Affairs Key Committee Land use, Business & Taxation sub committees
County Deschutes
Resilience to cyber attacks and natural disasters should be a component of the design and maintenance of all infrastructure and cyber security owned or funded by the State of Oregon. This includes our state’s voting system. In this new era of foreign and domestic cyber attacks, we must be prepared. Moreover, natural disasters in the form of wildfire throughout the state and earthquakes/flooding on the west side of the state are a constant concern.
As stated above, resilience to natural disasters must be a component of the design and maintenance of state owned and funded infrastructure. Additionally, constant education is important. Redmond is to be a key relocation spot in the event of catastrophic earthquake/tsunami event west of the Cascades. We need to make sure we are able locally to handle the potential influx of our fellow Oregonians.
Actually, Oregon’s spending structure has long yielded a budget shortfall. Oregon’s revenues are today higher than they have ever been, yet the state must continually cut services and school funding in order to make ends meet. This is largely due to the structural problem created by rising PERS costs. The best way to fix Oregon’s structural budgetary problems is to reform PERS.