State Representative

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Democrat (DEM)

  • Occupation: Natural Resource Specialist, Water Quality Program, Oregon Department of Agriculture

    Occupational Background: Firefighter, Peace Corps Volunteer (Guatemala), Public service in agriculture and natural resources

    Educational Background: Bachelors degree, Environmental Policy Analysis, University of California, Davis; Masters degree, Forestry (Agroforestry), Michigan State University

    Prior Governmental Experience: None

    Community Involvement: First Congregational United Church of Christ of Salem, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 503

    Endorsements: SEIU Local 503

    The Oregon Legislature needs a working family voice. I live as many Oregonians live today. My wife and I wonder if we’ll have jobs next year. We worry about the impact to our child’s future as we watch districts cut school days and programs. We look over our family budget to see how we can cut expenses. I will bring these everyday concerns and family common sense to the legislature.

    I will also bring these priorities to the legislature:

    Promote Oregon Agriculture and Its Success

    support Oregon agriculture locally and globally
    make sure regulations are common sense
    protect agriculture’s land base

    Restore Oregon as an Education Leader

    stabilize funding
    improve graduation rates
    promote both trade and professional career tracks

    Balance the Budget and Create Jobs

    use technology and program flexibility to cut government costs
    strengthen transparency and accountability
    consider alternative state tax structures to stabilize funding ups and downs
    make sure existing tax breaks provide a good return on investment

    Protect Oregon’s most vulnerable citizens

    maintain staff levels for emergency responders (police, fire, medical)
    protect home care for our seniors and people living with disabilities
    provide basic health care that protects our most vulnerable and minimizes long term costs

    Stabilize Health Care Costs

    use new federal funds to scrutinize insurance company rate increases
    focus on prevention health services to bring down long term costs

    (This information furnished by Mike Powers for House District 20.)

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