Occupation: Managing Director, Oregon Contractors Association; Construction Estimator, KT Contracting Co.
Occupational Background: Small Business Owner; Iron and Construction Worker; Gunsmith; Medical Interpreter
Educational Background: B.A. Portland State University; AA, Clackamas Community College
Prior Governmental Experience: None
Family: Married with two sons
PROTECTING OUR CHILDREN
Parents should not have to worry about convicted sex offenders roaming our streets and threatening our children. As a father, Jared is very concerned about protecting his children and ours. Last year Jared's Democratic opponent, Senator Peter Courtney, prevented the Oregon Senate from passing Jessica's law to protect our children.
Jared will work tirelessly to pass Jessica's law, named for a Florida girl who was kidnapped, sexually abused, and murdered. He wants to protect other children from her fate by enacting tough penalties for people who commit such heinous crimes. It is a sad day when our elected leaders block efforts to protect our children from predatory sex offenders.
QUALITY SCHOOLS, STABLE FUNDING
With two young sons, Jared shares our concerns about the direction our schools are headed. Schools should be the legislature's first priority, so Jared supports a plan that requires legislators to fund schools in the first 81 days of the legislative session or legislators would stop getting paid. Jared favors replacing CIM-CAM for a reliable and meaningful test. He also wants to reform our education system by providing consistent funding to schools and help make sure that more of the dollars end up in the classrooms.
FRESH VISION, NEW IDEAS
We need leaders more interested in solving Oregon's problems than running for re-election. Career politicians continually pass laws, expand government and raise taxes without actually solving the problems facing our state. Not Jared. Just like in his small business, Jared will bring bold new ideas that will create real solutions for Oregonians.
JARED THATCHER FOR STATE SENATE
(This information furnished by Friends of Jared Thatcher.)