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: Josh Hill, House District 40

A New Oregon Vision.

I understand the struggles of everyday Oregonians because that is my story.

After losing our parents at a young age, my brother and I were raised by our grandparents. My grandfather, a Marine, instilled in me a sense of pride and purpose which inspired me to enlist in the Air Force. After moving back to Oregon to take care of my ailing grandparents, I started working at a small business in Oregon’s wine industry.

Early on, my brother and I learned some tough truths. However, through it all, we found that we would always be alright if we had a roof over our head, a shot at a quality education, and the comfort of our family’s safety. Unfortunately, for many Oregonians, these basic necessities are often out of reach.

I’m running for State Representative because I believe our state government needs a new vision led by a new generation of Oregon leaders. We need leaders who understand the challenges facing Oregonians, who will focus on our future, and who are not afraid to upset that status quo in our State Capitol.

I’m ready to be that kind of leader for our community.

Affordable Housing.

When we had no one else to turn to, my brother and I were fortunate enough to have the warm embrace of our grandparents who raised us and kept a roof over our heads. But for so many in Oregon, housing is too expensive and eating up more and more of our paychecks, sometimes making home ownership impossible for young people and seniors.

We must do more to meet the demand of affordable housing for the next generation of Oregonians by streamlining the cumbersome process of new house and apartment construction. In Salem, I'll make it a priority to work for smart growth legislation to promote affordable housing and control skyrocketing rents.

Education.

I would not be where I am today without the support of so many amazing teachers along the way. I know that my ability to rise up out of adversity was directly tied to the quality of my education. I want to make sure every Oregon student has an equal opportunity to achieve their full potential.

Unfortunately, too many students are being left behind by an education system that seems mired in mediocrity. For years now, we have poured more and more into our schools hoping that would lead to better outcomes in the classroom. It hasn’t. The latest national statistics show that Oregon has one of the worst high school graduation rates in the country. We must do better.

Instead of simply throwing more money at the problem, I’ll work to address the root causes of the issues plaguing our education system. It’s time for major reforms. I will help revitalize our schools by restoring local control so parents and teachers are empowered to make the right decisions for our students, including increased investment in career-ready technical and vocational education in our high schools.

Drug Abuse and the Opioid Crisis.

The opioid epidemic has ravaged our nation, and Oregon is no exception. When I was born, my father was already in prison for drug-related charges and a year later my mother was murdered. The opioid crisis has touched far too many, and for me, it is deeply personal.

I will fight tooth and nail to combat the opioid and drug crisis in our community by holding pharmaceutical companies accountable for their business practices, keeping drugs out of our schools by punishing dealers and providing greater support for those struggling with addiction.

Health Care.

Every Oregonian deserves access to health care. While our state’s uninsured rate continues to decline, the cost of obtaining health insurance continues to increase. Oregonians should not be forced to choose between putting food on the table or receiving medical care.

I will work to preserve access to health care for low-income Oregonians, expand coverage options for women and vulnerable populations, and demand price transparency from insurance companies and drug manufacturers.

Oregon's Spending Problem.

Oregon doesn't have a revenue problem, we have a spending problem. In the past decade, our lawmakers have approved billions of dollars in new taxes with little to show for it. While our current leaders seem to believe we can tax our way to a better tomorrow, I believe Oregonians are better served by a government that respects taxpayers and works to streamline budgets.

As your State Representative, I will balance the state budget by fighting for fiscal discipline and without raising taxes.

 

Source: Josh Hill for State Representative website: https://www.joshhillfororegon.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/