United States Senator
Occupational Background: Psychiatrist, Army Medical Corps, Medical Director, County Mental Health, Veterans Administration (VA) psychiatrist and Acting Chief for Mental Health Services for the Roseburg VA. Currently a volunteer for the national council of the Alliance for Democracy and founder of Soldiers For Peace International.
Educational Background: Portland State University (BS in Psychology and Biology), Oregon Health Sciences Center.
Prior Governmental Experience: No elective office, extensive familiarity with federal bureaucracy through the VA.
MAKING CHANGE IN OREGON:
-- Precinct Community Person in Coos County. Contributor to the Advocate newspaper.
-- Activist--Educator for a truly universal, affordable health care system in Oregon and the United States.
-- Community leader in establishing a comprehensive health care system, the development of the County Mental Health system, and the mental health system in coastal VA clinics and Roseburg.
-- Working to improve access to services for Oregon veterans.
THE CHANGE WE NEED IN WASHINGTON D.C.:
-- Bringing jobs to the US and reducing the threat of war by conversion to a localized economy based on alternative energy, the elimination of tax breaks for international corporations and getting out of NAFTA and the World Trade Organization.
-- A constitutional amendment to end the ability of large corporations to pay for the campaigns of politicians who put their interests above those of Americans.
-- A rapid withdrawal from Afghanistan and Iraq.
-- Establishing a truly universal and affordable single-payer health care system in the United States.
-- Reform in Washington, more efficient delivery of essential government services, especially for veterans.
-- Regulation of the banking/finance firms that could have prevented the wholesale destruction of the American and world economies.
-- Campaign finance reform.
The people of Oregon are ready to retire Ron Wyden and I am ready to win.
I will work for real health care reform and a Constitutional amendment to abolish corporate personhood.
I will ask for a seat on the Veteran Affairs Committee.
(This information furnished by Rick Staggenborg.)