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R Thomas

Occupation: Self-employed financial consultant; retired certified public accountant

Occupational Background: Active in private CPA practices (1970-1998) estate planning, business, farm and ranch taxation, commercial real estate development and management (1972-present).

Educational Background: Attended Vale Schools; Ontario High School (1964); BYU (1970) B.S. Accounting, Business Administration and Economics (with Spanish concentration).

Prior Governmental Experience: Oregon House of Representatives (1999-2008), Ways & Means and House Revenue Committees; Member: State Debt Policy Advisory Commission; Oregon Progress Board; Commission on Indian Services; Oregon Innovation Council. Malheur County Commissioner (1993 - 1999).

Personal: Happily married to Darlene (CPA-retired) for 41 years, five adult children (and eleven grandchildren). Active in community, civic, church, professional organizations.

Community Service: Active with Boy Scouts of America (1972-2000), Treasure Valley Opportunities [serving the handicapped] (1973-1980), Ontario Rotary Club (1973-2008): past-President. Church service mission in Los Angeles, California (through December 2009)


Jobs and the Economy

    Diversify Malheur County's employment base. Support growth and new construction.
    Encourage workforce development programs. Retain local family-wage jobs.
    Support our natural resource-based industries.

Health Care

    Capture and better utilize all public funding for local healthcare issues.
    Promote community well-being and sustain healthy families.

Public Safety

    Work collaboratively with public safety agencies in the Treasure Valley.
    Support law enforcement and safer communities in Malheur County.

Not all public servants are created equal. I have a demonstrated history of service beyond the mark!
I will work to make County government more efficient and accountable, build a budget with adequate reserves based upon current revenues to protect against future budget shortfalls. I treat all taxpayers' money as a sacred trust.

(This information furnished by Committee to Elect Tom Butler.)

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