State Senator

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Sam Chase

Occupation: Executive Director, Community Development Network

Occupational Background: Director, Clackamas Community Land Trust; Field Manager, Kitzhaber for Governor '94 and Yes! On Portland School Bonds '95; Substitute teacher.

Educational Background: Claremont Colleges, Pitzer, B.A.

Prior Governmental Experience: Housing Policy Advisor to Portland City Commissioner Gretchen Kafoury.

"Sam's integrity, strong work ethic, and deep commitment to Oregon would make him a valuable addition to the State Senate"

John Kitzhaber

A plan to fund schools

Sam's top priority is to create efficient, effective, and yes, fully funded schools. Sam will work to:

  • Repeal the corporate kicker
  • Create a rainy day fund
  • Pool insurance costs
  • Eliminate wasteful tax breaks

A steward of the environment

He has an agenda to protect Oregon's environment that starts with clean streams and well planned land use systems.

A legislative champion for those in need

Sam's leadership resulted in millions of dollars and hundreds of affordable homes developed for seniors, families with children, and disabled.

Fight corporate tax loopholes

Sam's opponent voted to allow Enron and PGE to continue pocketing the taxes they collect from Oregonians, SB 408-a loss of $150 million per year. Only six legislators sided with Enron and PGE. Sam is a Democrat that will fight corporate tax loopholes to assure schools are funded.

Sam isn't a politician. He is a committed community activist who will solve problems instead of just passing them on.

That's the real difference in this race.

Business, Education & Community Leaders Support Sam:

Oregon State Senator Ryan Deckert, Tom Potter, Former House Minority Leader Deborah Kafoury, Gretchen Kafoury, Urban Naturalist Mike Houck, Bob and Melissa Naito, Bob Stacey, Nick Fish, Sam Adams, Elizabeth Furse, John Kitzhaber.

Community Service

Co-founder, X-PAC, a group committed to engaging youth in community service; Northwest Neighborhood District Association; Portland Community Land Trust; Coalition for a Livable Future.

Sam and his wife have two daughters that will soon enter public school.


(This information furnished by Friends of Sam Chase.)

Elections Division, Oregon Secretary of State • 136 State Capitol • Salem, OR 97310-0722