Occupation: Chair, Citizen Involvement Committee
Occupational Background: Nordstrom Department Manager; Sales Consultant for Verizon Wireless.
Educational Background: BA in Business Administration from Oregon State University (Marketing), minor in Russian Studies; MHCC political science and Russian language; Graduate of Canby Union High School.
Prior Governmental Experience: Chair of Citizen Involvement Committee; Chair of Comprehensive Plan Citizen Involvement Task Force for City of Gresham.
State government cannot continue to grow in size and cost while failing to meet its responsibilities to Oregonians. Its time that government do what ordinary citizens have been forced to do learn to live within its means.
Money alone will not solve our problems. Challenges like struggling schools, high taxes and fewer jobs will only be met by leaders who set clear priorities, listen to the people they represent and accept responsibility for their decisions.
My first act as state representative will be to form a citizens advisory council in order to establish direct accountability with the people I represent.
Oregon must institute priority based budgeting, which means the most important policies and projects get paid for first. If schools are our top priority, they must be funded ahead of any questionable social programs. Government is not the solution to every problem we face.
What government does do, it must do well:
-Ensure public safety
-Help those who cannot help themselves
-Provide every child with access to quality education
-Be a responsible steward of public property and the environment
For any issue facing us we must look first to private citizens to find a solution. State government should become involved only as a last resort, and then only when governmental intervention can be justified based on the needs of all Oregonians.
The citizens of Gresham and East Multnomah County must once again have their voices heard in Salem.
I look forward to representing you and your family in Salem. Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. (www.vickiolson.com)
(This information furnished by Vicki Olson for Oregon House 2004.)