Occupation: Small Business Owner; Marketing & Events Coordinator for Cascade Locks
Occupational Background: Licensed Realtor 1984-1992; Sales and Administration
Educational Background: Attended Mt. Hood Community College & Portland Community College; Camas High School
Prior Governmental Experience: Multnomah County Sheriff Citizen's Budget Advisory Committee (2007-2008); Community Advisory Team, Columbia River Gorge Commission Indicators Project (2008); Future Forum Committee (2007)
Community Involvement:West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce, past president (2005-2006) & board member (2003- present); Mt. Hood-Columbia River Gorge Tourism Alliance, co chair ( 2004-2006); Current board member and past president Columbia River Gorge Visitors Association; Governor's Volunteer Achievement Award, Travel Oregon (2005)
Ready To Tackle Our Challenges
Economy & Land Use
"As a state, we've wisely opened our doors to visitors and
welcomed them warmly. Too often, though, our government
isn't as hospitable to our own citizens, small businesses and our
- The land use system must support our diverse economy, from nurseries to orchards to tourism;
- State government should be champions for the small businesses that support our economy, not roadblocks preventing success.
Crime, Public Safety, Transportation
"Public safety is a core service of government for both our
citizens and our visitors. Our region is a leading tourism area
with the number of visitors growing every day, yet we are
underserved by law enforcement."
- My top priority is to make sure this area gets 24 hour, 7-day-a-week law enforcement coverage. Hwy 26 and I-84 must be covered;
- Drugs continue to be a major cause of crime, especially property crime because of methamphetamine addiction. We must strengthen both enforcement and treatment so we stop and solve this problem.
"There is no better person to take my place and serve you than
Phyllis Thiemann. She knows this area and has already worked
tirelessly for you. I wholeheartedly support her."
State Representative Patti Smith
(This information furnished by Phyllis Thiemann for State Representative.)