OCCUPATION: Membership Coordinator, Oregon PeaceWorks; Assistant Editor, TheOregon PeaceWorker.

OCCUPATIONAL BACKGROUND: Children's Services Worker; Mitigation Investigator; Disc Jockey.

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: B.A. in Sociology, Ouachita Baptist University;

B.A. in Journalism, Arkansas Tech University; M.S. in Social Science, Pittsburg State University.


Which kind of Oregon do YOU want? If you like how things are, then you should cast your vote for one of my worthy opponents. However, if you support progressive change, then vote for me.

Take a look. Which set of ideas represents the Oregon you want to live in.

HOW THINGS ARE Under Oregon's unjust tax system, for every $1 you and I pay in state income taxes, wealthy corporations pay only 8.8 cents in income/excise taxes (less than one dime).

HOW THINGS SHOULD BE Corporate tax rates will be doubled. Personal income tax brackets will be weighted heavier near the top and lighter near the bottom.

HOW THINGS ARE Under Oregon's economic development laws, corporations are eligible for a cornucopia of tax abatements, taxpayer guaranteed loans, and tax-free bonds. Communities pay for infrastructure improvements (our taxpayer money) to lure companies to locate in their area only to see many of these companies later ship jobs to developing countries.

HOW THINGS SHOULD BECorporate welfare will be eliminated. Corporations will be required to pay their fair share of taxes. (Currently, when they don't pay, either you and I make up the difference or important services simply are eliminated.)

HOW THINGS ARE Many workers are paid as little as legally possible and too many farmworkers are paid less than that. Many workers are discouraged from exercising their legal right to organize through economic and physical intimidation.

HOW THINGS SHOULD BE Workers (including farmworkers) would be paid a LIVING wage of at least $10 per hour with increases tied to the Consumer Price Index. Workers would be encouraged to organize through unions and works councils. Any form of intimidation would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

HOW THINGS ARE Oregon taxpayers subsidize corporations by allowing them to pollute and degrade our environment. If a landslide wipes out a highway, our rivers are contaminated with chemicals or noxious fumes create air quality problems, you and I are expected to foot the clean-up bill, not the business that created the problem in the first place.

HOW THINGS SHOULD BE Clearcutting would be banned on both public AND private land in Oregon. Environmental standards would be strengthened and offending parties would be made to clean-up their own messes at their--not the public's--expense.

HOW THINGS ARE Across the nation over 40 million Americans have no health insurance. In Oregon, we only provide basic coverage to a portion of the poor. Working families are too often left to fend for themselves; only one health care crisis away from an economic catastrophe.

HOW THINGS SHOULD BE Quality health care would be a BASIC right of every Oregonian. Oregon would establish state-based, single-payer universal health insurance that will provide maximum flexibility.

HOW THINGS ARE Because of voter-approved property tax limitations and an income tax system which allows corporations to avoid paying their rightful share of taxes, far too many school districts are starved for funds. To deal with this shortage of funds, teachers must be laid off, programs must be cut or reduced and many student needs must go unmet.

HOW THINGS SHOULD BEUnder the Socialist Party's progressive tax system, more money will be available for education. Teachers will be better trained and compensated, needed programs will be improved and expanded and students will have a better future because of a stronger educational foundation.

HOW THINGS ARE Urban Growth Boundaries and other land use issues are written for the benefit of developers and builders. Far too often, citizen participation is stifled. Environmental issues are swept under the rug.

HOW THINGS SHOULD BE All land use discussion will be opened up to foster full citizen participation. Environmental safeguards will be a major part of the discussion. Strong efforts will be made to prevent urban sprawl.

HOW THINGS ARE Oregon operates a state-run gambling house. The State Lottery office spends our taxpayer dollars to induce more and more people to part with their hard-earned money. Not only has this fueled a gambling addiction problem, but the lottery is nothing more than a backdoor tax on the poor and middle class.

HOW THINGS SHOULD BE The State of Oregon would not be in the gambling business, the legal fleecing of the poor and middle class. The state will not lose any revenue because the tax system will be more progressive.

HOW THINGS ARE Voter apathy is near an all-time high. People are tuning out professional politicians because they continually refuse to discuss substantive issues. Our antiquated winner-take-all electoral system in combination with low voter turnout means that most candidates who win races are not supported by the majority of eligible voters in their district. The current system also does not give minority perspectives any voice at all.

HOW THINGS SHOULD BE Legislative elections would utilize proportional representation. Under this system, every vote counts which would increase voter interest and participation. Proportional representation allows a variety of political ideas to be not only discussed but represented. More and better representation is what democracy is all about.

When you cast your vote


(This information furnished by Trey Smith.)

Trey Smith 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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