Occupation: Executive Director, Oregon State Pharmacy Association
Occupational Background: Plant science; Hollister Stier Labs; Bayer Corporation
Educational Background: Taft High School; B.S., Biology, Western Oregon University (Oregon College of Education); graduate work, Botany and Plant Pathology, OSU.
Prior Governmental Experience: State Representative; Monmouth City Council; Chair, Polk County Fire District #1
Real Solutions to Real Problems
Schools Focused on Students
Being married to a teacher for 40 years has taught me about the challenges facing schools. More of our tax dollars need to find their way to local classrooms instead of being eaten up by administration and overhead. We should encourage investments in textbooks, technology, and teacher training and establish ways to reward teachers who deliver results in the classroom.
Protecting Family Budgets
We are all feeling pinched by rising gas and grocery prices. I will push efforts to reduce our dependence on foreign energy by promoting renewable energy and support efforts to increase domestic fuel production.
Addressing Our Health Care Crisis
We are putting a lot of money into health care, but are not getting enough health care in return. The more government tries to fix the system, the more costs rise. We need a streamlined approach to make coverage more affordable for families.
Responsible Financial Management
I will turn to front line government workers for ways to help reduce waste and support increased auditing to better focus spending – without raising taxes.
Tougher Penalties for Pedophiles
As your state representative I will continue my work to increase penalties on repeat sex offenders who prey on our children and grandchildren.
Oregon Nurses Association
Oregon Health Care Association
Oregon Seed Council
Oregon Nurseries' PAC
Associated Oregon Industries
Oregon War Veterans Association
Associated Oregon Loggers, Inc.
Oregon Anti-Crime Alliance PAC
State Representative Brian Boquist
Former State Representative Jeff Kropf
Tom Ritchey, Polk County Commissioner
Mike Propes, Polk County Commissioner
Kathy George, Yamhill County Commissioner
(This information furnished by Citizens for Jim Thompson.)