Secretary of State
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Rick
Dancer

Republican

Occupation: TV Journalist

Occupational Background: KEZI-TV, 1989 - 2008; KVAL-TV 1987-89; KCBY-TV 1985-87

Educational Background: Hillsboro High School, 1977; Portland Community College, Pacific University (Forest Grove), B.A. Communications, 1983

Prior Governmental Experience: None

Community Service: Special Olympics, Looking Glass Youth Programs, Directions Services, City Club of Eugene (President, 2006-07)

SECRETARY OF STATE - KEEPING GOVERNMENT HONEST

As a journalist for more than twenty years, my job was to investigate the facts and bring people the truth. As Secretary of State, I'll be doing very much the same thing, primarily overseeing elections and auditing program to keep the government honest.

MAKE SECRETARY OF STATE NONPARTISAN

It is hard for the public to be confident that the Secretary of State's office will fairly and impartially oversee elections, whether for candidates or ballot measures, when the Secretary of State is selected in a partisan election. There is no Democrat or Republican way to be fair. Fairness starts by leaving partisanship outside the door of the Secretary of State's office.

KEEP ELECTIONS FAIR AND OPEN

Only people legally entitled to vote should vote, but everyone who has the right to vote should be encouraged to vote and every vote should count. That goes for signatures on initiatives and citizen referrals as well. No one should ever have to wonder whether their vote or their signature might be disallowed because of the personal or political views of the Secretary of State.

AUDIT GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS FOR EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS

The Secretary of State should be responsible not only for financial audits that make sure every dollar is account for but should also conduct performance audits to make sure government programs are accomplishing their objectives as efficiently and effectively as possible.

THE SECRETARY OF STATE WORKS FOR THE PEOPLE, NOT THE POLITICAL PARTIES

(This information furnished by Rick Dancer for Secretary of State.)