Let's Have a Conversation About Oregon

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Strong leadership begins with listening. I hope to hear from you soon.

Creating Jobs

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I work with and advise small businesses everyday, helping them succeed and create good jobs here in Oregon. Let’s face it, it’s not easy out there. Seeing the struggles my clients face, I know that there is more we can do to help small businesses succeed.

In the legislature, I’ll work with local employers to invest in job training programs so that our businesses have the trained workers they need to be competitive. I’ll explore every way to get more money into the pockets of regular Oregonians, so they have more money to spend in the local economy. I’ll direct government contracts to Oregon businesses first, and make sure that any Oregon dollars already being spent with out of state companies come home to our local employers.

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Strengthening Our Schools

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As an elected volunteer on the David Douglas School Board, I see the struggles our teachers face and how our kids suffer from ballooning class sizes and shrinking programs. Teacher layoffs and cuts to the after school programs that help kids succeed are eroding the strength of our schools, and in turn, our economy.

When I was growing up, Oregon invested in its schools, Oregon invested in me and my classmates. That investment made sure we had great teachers, after school programs, and the classroom supplies we needed. And that investment helped a poor girl from rural Oregon dream of the career I wanted and make it happen.

Strong schools are the first step to a strong economy, strong neighborhoods, a strong Oregon. I owe my career to Oregon’s public schools. It is my duty to make sure we give the next generation of Oregonians the same strong schools and opportunities that Oregon gave me.

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Fairness

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Small businesses who play by the rules should not suffer a competitive disadvantage against corporations who cut corners.  Middle-class Oregonians deserve to understand the deals they make with banks and insurance companies.  We need leaders, not politicians who pay more attention to lobbyists than Oregonians and hold mortgage protections for homeowners hostage until the 11th hour.

As your representative, I’ll fight to level the playing field for small businesses by making it illegal for corporations to cheat.  I’ll keep insurance companies on the hook when they commit fraud, and make sure that their rate increases pass mustard. And I’ll fight to give shoppers a fair shake in the marketplace, so we are not tricked by misleading terms and fine print.  Protecting Oregonians will be my first priority as your representative.

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Fighting for Every Oregonian

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Now more than ever, we need leaders who will go to battle for all of us, not just the loudest or wealthiest among us. The most recent census shows that Oregonians are more likely to turn to food stamps to feed their families than any other state in the nation. Many of these are people who never imagined themselves needing food stamps, until a job loss, medical emergency, or foreclosure hit too close to home. Our neighbors are hurting and we must do more to get Oregon families back on their feet.

Unemployment rates for veterans are soaring. Police officers and firefighters frequently can’t afford to live in the communities they serve. Middle class families are penny pinching to pay for tutors or private schools because public schools don’t reach their kids. The working poor are relying on food banks more heavily than ever before.

In the legislature, I will go to battle for more and stable funding for k-12 education and retraining programs for veterans and workers who have been laid off. I will fight for policies that honor our communities’ heroes – police, firefighters, teachers, and veterans. They stick their necks out for us, I’ll stick my neck out for them.

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