Occupation: Executive Director; Journalist
Occupational Background: Photographer; Newspaper editor; Community organizer; Farmer
Educational Background: Reed College; Lane Community College
Prior Governmental Experience: None
From 1980 to 1983, I worked as a community organizer with Oregon Fair Share to keep utility rates affordable. We worked with Peter DeFazio and Springfield citizens to stop Washington Public Power Supply System (WPPSS) from charging ratepayers for two abandoned nuclear plants, saving ratepayers $125 million. I have been active ever since as a citizen advocate and journalist.
County government must tighten its belt, just like the rest of us have. I will push for cutting the salaries of county commissioners in half to about $37,000 a year. Money saved making government more cost effective can help restore community programs for public health and safety and civic action to solve problems of poverty, hunger, homelessness, domestic violence and drug addiction.
Let's end dangerous and expensive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and bring our young men and women home. We can redirect billions in taxes now spent on destructive wars to enhance domestic programs rebuilding communities here in the US. No more tax breaks and handouts for foreign corporations!
Let's help our neighbors realize their fullest potential by offering a hand up when needed and by providing jobs in our communities. We can again have plenty of jobs in the woods, a prosperous forest products industry and healthy forests. Let's create lots of new jobs in sustainable agriculture and wise stewardship of our natural resources.
Don't let the incumbent again buy his way into office with large amounts of money from wealthy individuals and corporations. In his six years in office Commissioner Stewart has done very little to help local people or the environment. Mr. Stewart's solution has been to raise taxes while our people struggle just to survive.
I love Oregon and Lane County. Help restore confidence in government. Vote for Gary Kutcher for County Commissioner!
(This information furnished by Gary A. Kutcher.)