Meet Your Candidate: Lori Chavez-DeRemer, Candidate HD-51

Jobs and the Economy

As a small business owner, I’ve worked hard to earn every dollar and provide fair wages for employees. Our communities are depending on lawmakers to create an environment that will help entrepreneurs to keep doing business here in Oregon. However, in recent years, the Legislature has pushed for unnecessary mandates and hardships for businesses. We must lessen this burden and allow our small businesses to succeed.

 

Education

Oregon’s education system is broken. Our state is 48th for graduation rates and the Legislature underfunded voter-approved career-technical education. While insufficient money is going into our classrooms, it’s not enough for our politicians to say, “We need to fund education first.” As your next state representative, I promise to promote innovative ways to advance our students through career-technical education courses, apprenticeship programs, and other job training initiatives. A solid, well-rounded education is the key to living the best life.

Transportation

We need more lanes. The transportation package passed in 2017 was a giant first step to address our state’s infrastructure and congestion. But we must do more. It’s important to have everyone at the table to bring forth common sense proposals. If elected, I will ensure our dollars are prioritized to build sidewalks and fix potholes. Fixing our state’s lackluster infrastructure is critical to our economy and our success. Every minute wasted while stuck in traffic is a minute someone cannot work or spend time living their life. The traffic is also hurting our environment and increasing our air pollution. In fact, four Oregon cities ranked among the top polluted cities in the nation.

Housing Affordability

The rent’s too high. And for too many, owning a home is a daydream, not an attainable reality. Every day it’s becoming harder and harder for Oregonians to become first-time homeowners. Oregonians have been hit with a housing crisis caused by politicians. The labyrinth-like, restrictive land use system has derailed and prevented people from moving up in life. We must address this long-unsolved problem so we can help people live to their fullest potential. Owning a home is one of the greatest game-changers to being successful. We must finally address Oregon’s flawed policies to help drive down rent prices and make owning a home more possible. The Legislature must continue to protect home ownership incentives like the mortgage interest deduction. The doors have been closed to the American dream, it’s time to unlock opportunity.

Government Waste

The government has taken in more of Oregonians’ paychecks than ever before. State “revenue” is at record-breaking levels. And while our state agencies continue to be ineffective and waste hundreds of millions of dollars, the Legislature continues to raise taxes. The Secretary of State’s office has done a good job of revealing the incompetence of our state’s agencies through various audits. Moving forward, we must hold these agencies accountable and make sure taxpayer dollars are spent in an effective manner.

PERS

All roads lead to PERS reform. Virtually every issues that plagues our state can be attributed to Oregon’s pension system. We must address this issue, come together as Oregonians, and fix it. By failing to reform PERS, our state could end up failing to uphold promise to our workers, and that is unacceptable.

Inclusiveness and Independent Thinking

In a time of hyper-partisan politics, it’s more important than ever to elect independent leaders that will do what’s best for their constituents and set aside party politics. As a Mayor, I’ve done just that and will continue to do so in the State Legislature. I support equality for our LGBTQ communities, stronger environmental protections, and support a woman’s right to choose.

 

Source: Lori Chavez-DeRemer For State Representative website

http://www.lorichavezderemer.com/

Meet Your Candidate: Christine Drazan, House District 39

MEET CHRISTINE

Christine Drazan is a fourth generation Oregonian who is running for the Oregon House of Representatives to improve high school graduation rates and reform the state’s spending and budgeting process.  She has seen up close the need for reform, having served in positions at the local, county and state level.

In the 1990’s and early 2000’s Drazan was a top staffer to Republican leaders in the legislature but has since focused her time helping in local schools and working with small businesses and non-profits statewide.  She and her husband Dan live in rural Clackamas County between Canby and Oregon City with their three children.

Christine is proud to have worked in the Oregon Legislature in the golden days of Republican majorities in the House and Senate. There, she worked to defend Republican majorities on the campaign trail and serve Republican agendas in the Legislative Session.  From serving as the executive director of the party’s campaign arm in the House to Chief of Staff to the House Majority Leader and Speaker of the House, she spent time in the trenches—doing the work she loved with people she respected.  All while serving the interest of Oregonians.

In addition to her many volunteer activities, Christine was appointed to serve on the Canby School District Budget Committee and is currently serving on the Clackamas County Planning Commission.  She has also served on the board of her local PTA, worked to establish a student council at her children’s school as well as a Kid Governor civics program in response to Secretary of State Dennis Richardson’s call to improve civics education in our schools.

Professionally, Christine is the Executive Director of a statewide nonprofit that supports the preservation of Oregon’s history and culture.  She is a proud graduate of George Fox University.  In her free time she enjoys traveling and adventuring with her family on Oregon’s rivers and beaches or hiking and camping in our state and national parks.

 

CHRISTINE’S PLEDGE

Control Spending

I will fight for safeguards to control unnecessary growth of government, while holding government accountable to the public they serve.

Cut Red Tape

I want to kick open the door of opportunity, by limiting unnecessary regulations that hurt our local economy. I will oppose efforts that pursue liberal political agendas at the expense of families and jobs

Protect Tax Cuts

Republican tax cuts were a hard fought victory. I will fight efforts to erode the benefits of tax cuts and will work to protect Oregon taxpayers. I will hold government accountable—protecting “kicker” refunds and cutting waste.

Consumer-Focused Health Care

With rising premiums and shrinking benefits, many families are forced to spend their family budgets on insurance that doesn’t meet their needs. Competition is not driving costs down in the market because of heavy handed regulations and one-size fits all mandates. Families are paying more for less every year. It’s time for reforms that put patients first.

Protect Our Constitutional Rights

I am a strong supporter of our Second Amendment rights. I consider the right to bear arms an individual right that is fundamental to our freedom.

Better Schools

As a parent with three children in our public schools, I have seen skyrocketing expenses and politically motivated mandates put the squeeze on core curriculum and inflate class sizes. We must do better. I will push for reforms that reduce dropout rates and give parents and students the tools to help the next generation succeed in the real world.

Source:

Christine Drazan – Republican for State Representative website

https://christinefororegon.com/

Knute Buehler: Let’s elevate Oregon schools from the bottom to the top in 5 years

For too many years, Oregon politicians have failed to do what is necessary to improve the quality and funding of our K-12 public schools. Good things are happening every day in classrooms across Oregon - with dedicated teachers, administrators and parents working together. But it is also undeniable that for too long, too many kids in too many schools have been left out and behind.

The unfortunate reality is that students in Oregon today face a menacing triple-threat: an ongoing crisis in high school graduation rates, a lingering crisis in academic quality and a growing crisis in classroom funding.

My number one priority as governor will be fixing Oregon's broken public education system. None of us should accept as inevitable the current reality, which is failing thousands of kids every year. We need to challenge the status quo, restore high expectations and put students first. It is time to combine the best ideas from Republicans, Democrats and Independents so our schools and students can achieve their full potential. I will lead on education where Kate Brown has failed.

My ambitious goal for education in Oregon is to lead our schools from the bottom five in the nation to the top five in five years. The plan includes:

• Enhance classroom funding. Solving Oregon's classroom funding crisis will require a combination of K-12 General Fund budget increases averaging 15 percent over four years, along with pension and health insurance reforms that could re-direct an additional $1.2 billion in new, performance-based classroom spending each year.
• Improve education standards and outcomes: Advancing Oregon schools from some of lowest performing in the nation to some of the highest will require state and local educators to focus on achieving a handful of critical, evidence-based proficiency standards. These standards, combined with enhanced resources and professional development opportunities for teachers and principals, are widely recognized as key ingredients for students graduating from high school on time and with the knowledge and skills needed to advance to a four-year college, a community college or the workplace.
• Restore the lost school year. Returning Oregon to the national standard of 180-day school year from the current, shortest in the nation, 165-day average for schools in Oregon. The current 165-day average translates into Oregon students attending one year less school than students in Washington State.
• Provide career and technical education: Fully funding Oregon's under-funded career and technical education initiative approved by voters under Ballot Measure 98. Career and technical education is a proven approach to dropout prevention and prepares kids for further skills-based education, work or careers.
• Create a modern funding formula: Aligning desired education achievement outcomes with the process for how local school districts negotiate contracts and receive funds from the state.

These goals and outcomes are ambitious, but in such a dynamic and growing state we cannot afford to think small any longer. I am excited to engage educators, legislators from both parties, school advocates, parents and students from across the state to give every child in Oregon a better shot at a brighter future.

Dr. Knute Buehler is an Oregon State Representative and is currently the Republican Nominee running for Governor in the November Elections.

Standard Disclaimer: The opinions expressed by the author are not necessarily that of the Clackamas County Republican Party.