Governor

JOHN KITZHABER
Democrat

OCCUPATION: Governor

OCCUPATIONAL BACKGROUND: Emergency Room Physician, Roseburg 1974-1988

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: Graduate, South Eugene High School, 1965; B.A. Dartmouth College, 1969; University of Oregon Medical School, 1973.

PRIOR GOVERNMENTAL EXPERIENCE: State Representative, 1979-1980; State Senator, 1981-1993; Senate President, 1985-1993; Governor, 1995-Present.

Like you, I never forget how lucky I am to live in Oregon. And I'm thankful to past generations of Oregonians for thinking ahead, refusing to be selfish, and for making the choices that have kept this such a special place.

Today it is our turn. Today we face new challenges -- and how we meet them will determine what Oregon will be like in the future and what kind of place we will pass on to our children.

This September, I released a detailed plan -- The Oregon Challenge -- that sets forth how we can meet these challenges. It focuses on children: strengthening and improving our public schools, and preventing juvenile crime so that all kids have a bright future. And, it preserves our quality of life for future generations of Oregonians.

The Oregon Challenge is built around three commitments.

First, it is a commitment to give our children the education they need to succeed in the 21st Century.

We must ensure that our children enter school ready to learn. Once they start school, we must offer them a public education that is the best in the nation. We must demand that our children master the basics, and that they can demonstrate the ability to apply what they have learned. We must provide every high school graduate who has demonstrated these abilities the opportunity for a college education.

To achieve these goals, The Oregon Challenge proposes:

Second, it is a commitment not to lose any more of our children to juvenile crime.

Over the past three years we have nearly doubled our prison capacity -- but the real challenge is to keep our children out of trouble in the first place. We know who the at-risk kids are, we know how to help them -- we have a moral obligation to do so.

To achieve these goals, The Oregon Challenge proposes to:

1. Improve our Domestic Violence Prevention Efforts.

2. Expand Alcohol and Drug Treatment Programs.

3. Establish the Oregon Juvenile Crime Prevention Partnership which will:

a) Identify At-Risk Youth -- using well-recognized risk factors.

b) Target Funding to At-Risk Youth -- with a $30 million appropriation which I will include in my budget.

c) Implement Proven Programs and Measures.

Third, it is a commitment to protect Oregon's unique quality of life.

Half a million people have come to Oregon since 1990 and another 500,000 will come in the next ten years. I am not willing to let our state grow at the expense of our livability, especially when we're smart enough to have both.

To achieve these goals, The Oregon Challenge proposes to:

1. Strengthen Land Use Laws -- to protect farm and forest land, make it easier and more affordable to build inside the urban growth boundary, and to preserve Oregon's special places and public access to our ocean beaches.

2. Discourage Commercial Strip Development -- that increases traffic congestion.

3. Invest in a Balanced Transportation System -- that maintains existing roads and highways, reduces congestion through access management and well-planned expansions, ensures efficient freight movement, and promotes easy access and reliable transit options for all Oregonians.

This election isn't just about electing a governor -- it's about choosing a future. The Oregon Challenge represents a vision of that future. And the challenge doesn't end on election day -- that's when the real challenge begins.

We need to send a clear message -- not just on November 3, but long after -- that Oregon is too precious, too special to leave to chance or to short term interests. And I need your help.

Please join me and other Oregonians who want to make this vision of Oregon's future a reality. To find out what you can do to help call my campaign at 1-877-4CHALLENGE. Together we'll make Oregon even better.

(This information furnished by Kitzhaber for Governor.)

John Kitzhaber has agreed to limit campaign expenditures for this General Election under ORS 260.180 but is not bound by that agreement because an opponent for this election has not agreed to limit expenditures or has exceeded the applicable spending limit.

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