Occupational Background: Professor of Environmental Studies and Planning, Sonoma State University, CA; Peace Corps Volunteer, Zimbabwe
Educational Background: B.S. Biology, University of Utah; M.A. Biology, San Jose State University, CA; PhD Biology; University of Pittsburgh; Certificate of Hazardous materials Management; University of California, Davis
Prior Governmental Experience: Hazardous Waste Management Commission of Sonoma County, CA
Community Activities: Wallowa Valley Arts Council; Rotary Club of Wallowa County
Where have I come from? I went to rural and small-town schools in Idaho. When I graduated from Orofino High School, my father worked a night shift at a lumber mill and my mother pinched pennies so that I could go to college. I know what it’s like to struggle to get ahead; I don’t want to make it even harder for children now— they are our future.
- Oregon has too many obligations and too few resources to meet them. In the triage to cut government spending, we must not let our commitments to care for the frail, the mentally ill, and the disabled fall on the cutting room floor.
- Nationally, Oregon’s total funding per K-12 student has fallen from 15th to 30th and slipped to 44th per student in higher education. This is just not good enough
- We must keep faith with the 80,000 Veterans in Oregon who are receiving benefits and with those who return from the current wars and will need these benefits in the future
- Years of unemployment, slow economic growth and prolonged hardships for ordinary people is not acceptable. Together we must put aside the extremes of our differences to solve Oregon’s economic crisis
- The correct long-term strategy is efficient use of our tax revenues and government to strengthen the foundations of our economy: Schools, the court system, corrections, emergency services, access to health care, natural resource management, help for small business—all need thoughtful and prudent management.
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