Working Families (WFP)
Occupation: Retired after 31 years of state service with Department of Employment and Human Services Department.
Occupational Background: Job Placement Specialist, program manager and social service auditor.
Educational Background: Etna Union High school, Shasta Junior College, Graduate Oregon State University, Administrative Law training, Gonzaga University.
Prior Governmental Experience: None
Volunteer Experience: Social services volunteer on Board of Catholic Community Services; foster parent for 12 years; President, Marion/Polk Foster Parent Association; volunteer lobbyist for at risk children; Worked to get “double fines in construction zones” passed after son was killed on highway job; Two term president and now director of Salem Electric Cooperative.
Awards and Recognition: Received Keizer Chamber of Commerce Award “for tireless efforts to make our community a better place for all”. Received plaque for service to children and physically and mentally challenged from Catholic Community Services
Family: Married to wife, Pat, for 35 years, four grown children all raised in Keizer and attended Cummings Elementary School and McNary High.
Priorities and goals:
> Education: Protect our children’s future. Even in an economic downturn education must receive a high priority if our children are to compete for jobs after high school or college.
> Human resources: Provide needed services. When the economy slows more people require social services.
> Employees: Save Jobs. Examine service need before cutting jobs. These are false savings.
> Community: Hear the people. Hear what people’s opinions are. LISTEN.
> Public Safety. We must adequately fund our public safety officers. This includes local county and state officers. Include adequate number of judges.
> Taxes: Avoid financial crisis. Our state is one of few that are heavily dependent on income taxes for public programs from general funds. It is affected by a good or bad economy. Reserves need to be established based on past need.
Endorsed by: Oregon AFL-CIO; Oregon Education Association; SEIU Local 503; Marion County Democratic Central Committee
(This information furnished by Jim Dyer.)