State Representative
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Shirley A.


Occupation: Financial Planner, Tax Consultant

Occupational Background: Private practice as financial planner; tax consultant; teacher; Professional Volunteer.

Educational Background: West Virginia University BS, MA; College of Financial Planning, CFP; Kennedy School of Government, MPA

Prior Governmental Experience: BLM Resource Advisory Committee; Umpqua Community College Board; Calapooia Fire District Board, Calapooia Water District Board; Regional Strategies Committee; Douglas County Tourism Development Committee.

Community Involvement: UCAN (Umpqua Community Action Network) Board; Cascade Community Credit Union Budget Committee; Western Cascade Credit Union Board; Douglas Electric Co-Operative Board; Sutherlin Rotary; Douglas County Chambers of Commerce; Sutherlin Chamber of Commerce.

CAIRNS grew up on a family farm in West Virginia. She has lived on an Oakland farm for 41 years. She is a widow with three adult children. She taught at Sutherlin High School prior to entering private practice. She believes public service is a privilege-each person can make a difference.


*The biggest issue facing this district is JOBS. We need EMPLOYMENT and a continued quality of life for all citizens. I will work for economic development by making it easier for businesses to locate and grow in our state.

*Local solutions to local problems creates strong communities. I will work with local communities to make solving their problems easier.

*Education is the cornerstone of economic development. I will work for stable and secure school funding.

*We do not need to add more layers of law. I will not sponsor unnecessary bills.

*No new programs without adequate funding. Federal mandates must be evaluated to determine if we can afford the "free" money. I will not mandate programs that cannot be funded.

*All citizens deserve to feel safe and secure, have adequate housing and heath care, education and job opportunities I will work hard for all citizens, not pitting seniors, health services, education, public safety and other programs against each other.


(This information furnished by Shirley A. Cairns.)