Occupation: Office Specialist 2, Western Oregon University, June 1998-present.
Occupational Background: Office Specialist 2, Social Science Division, Western Oregon University, June 1998-Present; Office Specialist 1, Psychology Department, WOU, October 1995-June 1998; Office Assistant 2, Mathematics Department, WOU, December 1988-October 1995.
Educational Background: Senior Status, Western Oregon University; Major: International Studies; Minor: Gender Studies.
Prior Governmental Experience: Court Clerk and Planning Commission Secretary, City of Monmouth, January 1986-October 1988; Office Assistant, Department of State, Washington, D.C., October 1964-May 1968.
Background Information: I have been married for 35 years and have two grown daughters and a grandson. Living in Monmouth for 34 years, I have been active in Girl Scouts, Monmouth Civic Club, Parent/Teacher Groups, Neighbors Helping Neighbors, and Polk County Democrats. I have held leadership positions in SEIU Local 503, OPEU Local 082, Abby's House, and Phi Kappa Phi.
Housing: Ten years ago, fifty people lived under the bridge in Independence or in cars or trucks. Caring people formed Neighbors Helping Neighbors. I have been a part of this group since its beginning. We now provide 18 low-rent apartments to people in need in Polk County.
Jobs: Hard-working Oregonians are losing their jobs; their homes are being repossessed, and they are unable to support their families. We need to get Oregonians back to work.
Education: K-12 and higher education need increased funding. We must hire more teachers, decrease class size, and reinstate programs.
Women: Women's issues are important to all of us. I helped establish Abby's House, the Center for Women and Families, on the WOU campus, to assist women with their problems.
Health Care: The high cost of good health care, health insurance, and prescription drugs needs to be addressed. The Oregon Health Plan leaves many Oregonians uninsured. Everyone deserves basic health care coverage.
(This information furnished by Friends of Jeanne Deane.)