Each of these issues are interdependent. A good education leads to a thriving economy. Protection of our environment, our land use system, and a working transportation system creates jobs. Access to quality healthcare provides peace of mind and means people can focus on their job and family instead of the threat of bankruptcy. A thriving economy and a healthy environment lead to a greater quality of life. If even one of these falters, the others begin to unravel.
My career has been dedicated to improving healthcare and making it more affordable and efficient.
I’ve helped hundreds of thousands of Oregonians with access to Medicaid, improving their lives while ensuring they have a strong voice in their own care. As your Senator, I intend to help draft and co-sponsor legislation that will provide a simple and reliable system that provides access to healthcare for every Oregonian. My top priority will be to ensure every person in our state has access to quality care.
Our public K-12 system is the state’s greatest long-term engine for prosperity.
Funding for Oregon’s public education system is in constant jeopardy. It’s one of our biggest budget challenges. I’ll champion legislation to create more consistent funding, lower class sizes, improve graduation rates, and support our teachers and classified employees. We must also address the achievement gap and make college more affordable for everyone. But these can’t just be words. We need to coalesce around concrete goals and move everyone involved in that direction.
Clackamas County needs much stronger representation in the Oregon Senate so that transportation dollars can get to our county.
Last session, my opponent voted against the transportation package and he didn’t work to secure transportation money for our district. We must begin the second phase of the Sunset Corridor. Traffic is getting worse and we cannot count on tolls roads. Transportation plays a vital role in our district. Our Senator must be a leader in the legislature on this front.
Jobs and the Economy
Farming, ranching, nurseries, and outdoor recreation provide good jobs for people in this district.
These employers need to know how to plan for the future and our land use system helps give them the stability for that planning. But we must also create pathways for young Oregonians to acquire critical skills through summer jobs, internships, and apprenticeships that connect to career and college. Oregonians value supporting working families and small businesses, health care, paid family leave, and living wages.
Oregon’s environment is something that distinguishes us from the rest of the country.
Clean air, clean water, recycling, and caring for our land have always been part of being an Oregonian. Climate change is the single biggest threat to our health and our economy. Reducing carbon pollution must be at the top of our priority list. I’ve been endorsed by the Oregon League of Conservation Voters because I am committed to ensuring our state remains dedicated to clean energy jobs, clean fuels, and to our innovative land use system. We must preserve rural agricultural lands and that our representation in Salem doesn’t allow this to destabilize. We also need to make sure those areas in the urban growth boundary have the resources needed to build the infrastructure for planned development, including housing, transportation, and access to employment.
Oregon is facing a housing crisis
There are steps we can take today that increase access to affordable housing, public transportation, prioritizing these vital services for seniors, people with disabilities, and vulnerable populations. The legislature referred a measure to voters this fall that will give cities and counties the ability to address the affordable housing crisis. Join me in supporting that measure.