Town Where You Live
Physician, Mosaic Medical; Bend City Councilor.
Board certified, internal medicine; medical relief, Uganda and Guyana; former ski patroller, river guide, and EMT.
M.D., Internal Medicine; M.S., Environmental Science; B.S., Biology.
Prior Governmental Experience:
Bend City Council
Bend Metropolitan Planning Organization
Bend Urban Renewal Agency
Bend Sewer Infrastructure Advisory Group
Oregon Disaster Preparedness Committee
As a primary care physician and committee member who helped draft the Oregon Disaster Preparedness Guidelines, I helped organize how emergency services, hospitals, and local authorities should work together to respond to natural or man-made disasters. Ongoing, we’ll need to find a combination of public and private funding along with federal, state, and local government resources to help fund the infrastructure and security upgrades needed to keep Oregonians safe in the future.
We live in an area of significant seismic instability, and future construction needs to be designed to withstand an event. We’ll also need funding from partnerships with other government agencies and the private sector to retrofit existing buildings to protect our population from flooding and earthquakes. Wildfire is a natural process in the northwest and something we adapted to live around. We can avoid loss of life and property by proper planning around the wild land urban interface.
For too long politicians have retreated to their ideological corners and kicked the can down the road without coming together to find real compromise positions. We need to be courageous and work together regardless of party to find both spending and revenue solutions to Oregon’s budget challenges. I’ve done that as a Bend City Councilor and I’ll do the same in Salem.
Town Where You Live
Elected School Board, Bend-La Pine School District; OR School Boards Association
It is important that we maintain a secure cyber system to protect the integrity of users and the system as a whole. We need to make sure we secure data from security breaches across our globe. On the School Board, we take cyber-security very seriously as our textbooks and curriculum are delivered through Internet access. In our district, we have policies and procedures in place to make sure all Internet access has valid security measures to protect our student data.
Ongoing investments in the public infrastructure are essential to our quality of life – roads, bridges, sewers, dams, power-generation. We need to maintain what we have and invest in new infrastructure to manage growth. We need sound policies in zoning and codes to ensure buildings are safe and resilient. Preventing and managing wildfires require policies that promote forest health and thinning.
Our structural deficit is because the major fixed costs of government are growing faster than the revenue coming into state government. I will advocate for cost-saving reforms to health insurance and state pensions to drive down costs before I will consider new taxes. This situation has a significant impact on local school districts. While our local schools receive more money each year from the state, more and more dollars are being used to pay for rising costs rather than classroom learning.
Town Where You Live
As a working mother, renter, and the wife and daughter of military veterans, I know firsthand the challenges working families face. As the Bend Diaper Bank co-founder, I help families struggling to cover their basic needs. And as your State Representative, I’ll give Bend’s working families a voice in Salem.
Here in Oregon we have failed to adequately invest in our infrastructure, both physical and digital. We must immediately begin projects to rectify these years of neglect, as climate change threatens with more extreme weather patterns, and nefarious interests continue to show their willingness to attack public entities. By prioritizing this investment we can create good, sustainable jobs, and protect ourselves from future disaster.
Once again, we must invest in infrastructure and innovative ways to protect ourselves from more extreme weather caused by climate change. This means education and resources for emergency preparedness to ensure people are ready in the event of any major issue, and evacuation plans are explicit and made clear to our communities as preventative measures.
Oregon has some of the lowest corporate taxes in the nation, and it is negatively impacting our communities and working families. We must immediately correct this by passing legislation requiring big, out of state, corporations to pay their fair share, which will go to vital services like education, healthcare, and supporting our seniors.