Occupational Background: Professor of Environmental Studies and Planning, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA; 1974 - 1999; US Peace Corps Volunteer; 2000-2001; Zimbabwe, Africa
Educational Background: B.S. Biology, University of Utah; 1961; M.A, Biology, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA; PhD Biology; University of Pittsburgh; Pittsburgh, PA; 1972; Certificate in Hazardous Materials Management, University of California; University Extension of the Davis Campus; 1985
Prior Governmental Experience: Hazardous Waste Management Commission of Sonoma County; CA; 1985-1987
Community Activities: Wallowa Valley Art Council, Wallowa Valley Photo Club; Rotary Club of Wallowa County
I am a fresh face in politics; I am a community leader who will stand up for Eastern Oregonians.
Our Democratic legislators moved the ball on children's health care. A year ago we had more than 12% of our children without health insurance. Now we are on track to affordable health care for every child in the state. We must not lose our momentum, because still too many of our families are just one medical emergency away from financial ruin. I will focus on access to doctors, nurses and clinics in Eastern Oregon.
Jobs and Education
Education and economic development go hand in hand. Oregonians face a dual challenge of boosting traditional, resource-based employment while at the same time ensuring that our kids get a solid education to thrive in an advanced technological society. While education is essential for employment, it is so much more. Education is integral to the development of people who will contribute to community, county and country at many levels, and it will give them a better life in the process. The unemployment rate in Eastern Oregon is unacceptably high. Employment in health care, education and social services contribute to our economy, but they must also be augmented with new sustainable jobs with long term viability. I will work for ways to help small businesses, because they are important engines of employment.
(This information furnished by Jean A. Falbo.)