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State Representative, 55th 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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    Mike McLane
    (REP, IND)

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    Karen Rippberger
    (DEM, WFP)

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 Powell Butte
Your Experience/Qualificatons State Representative (2011 to present); Minority Leader, Joint Ways and Means Committee; Lt. Col, Oregon Air National Guard. Past: Circuit Court Judge, pro tem, Deschutes County; Law Clerk, Oregon Supreme Court, US Attorney’s Office.
Twitter @MikeMcLaneOR
County Crook
With regards to cyber attacks, the state government needs to use its regulatory authority, in cooperation with the federal government, to assure that power and fuel providers are maintaining the highest standards in protecting their supply integrity. Where the state government has responsibility for road maintenance, it should invest in improving bridges and roads in critical corridors that can withstand natural disasters. Transportation infrastructure is key to resiliency.
In Oregon, we are subject to natural disasters that can interrupt normal services by the state government and the daily lives of our people. Because we can't control natural disasters, preparation for continuation of government services is imperative. I will continue to support infrastructure investments that minimize impacts by natural disasters. For Oregon families, wisdom certainly dictates storage of food, water and medicines of a month supply.
I believe the Oregon Business Plan has the right approach in its three steps. First, we need to commit to grow the economy with good-paying jobs. Second, we must reduce the growth of spending by the state government. Third, we must reform our revenue system. The key is that the Oregon Legislature must accomplish the first two steps before undertaking the third step.
Campaign Address PO Box 2054
La Pine, OR 97739
Town Where You Live La Pine, Oregon
Your Experience/Qualificatons I'm a Teddy Roosevelt progressive and former union member who has spent a career successfully advocating for underserved and underrepresented students and parents. I can represent the interests of District 55 in Salem with cooperation, compromise when necessary, and through treating everyone involved with respect. I will represent this district, not my own interests, nor those of big business.
County Crook, South Deschutes, North Lake, North Klamath, East Jackson
Term 2019-2021
Use renewable energy plants in Central and Eastern Oregon to put electric generation nearer its destination, so that the likelihood of disruption is diminished. Slash can also be used to generate energy in pyroclastic plants which also create bio-char,which sequesters carbon, and which is used in air and water filters and as fertilizer. Burning the slash can make forests more resilient to wildfires. Such plants would also create family-wage jobs in vulnerable areas.
Strengthen seismic codes, bring old structures up to code, and restrict building in the most vulnerable areas. With wildfires, different type of forests need different types of management. Some need to be thinned; some are meant to be dense. Slash can be burned in pyroclastic plants to help clean up debris while providing energy and carbon sequestration.
I will work together with other representatives to craft an appropriate budget. No legislator does this alone; it is a collaborative effort. One avenue is to increase revenue from corporations, pass a renewable energy bill and create family-wage jobs in Central and Eastern Oregon, which will provide revenue from new business ventures as well as greater security for families. It will also provide for greater security for infrastructure by putting the source nearer its destination.