WHAT IS YOUR STANCE ON SANCTUARY CITIES?
Immigration is healthy for our country. I do not support the concept of sanctuary states. It rewards those who do not follow our system of legal immigration. I believe we need real immigration reform so people who want to immigrate here to build a better life for themselves and their family can do so in a reasonable amount of time and at a reasonable cost.
DO YOU SUPPORT MEASURE 105?
I am not in favor of measure 105, which eliminates a decades old law intended to eliminate racial profiling. I am in favor of legislation that allows federal and state authorities to coordinate with one another during investigations of criminal activity involving undocumented residents.
DO YOU SUPPORT THE 2ND AMENDMENT?
I support and respect your second amendment rights. Any legislation we consider must be fair, equitable, and must not infringe on the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON ABORTION?
I support women’s reproductive rights. Our legislature has recently expanded taxpayer funded abortion far beyond what my constituents feel is reasonable and responsible. Abortion is a sensitive and personal issue for most people. I am pro-choice, however, I do not believe it is appropriate to use our state tax dollars to fund abortion. Let's continue to focus on reducing unintended pregnancy by providing women with access to reproductive health services. Women’s health organizations such as Planned Parenthood and The Pregnancy Center have been an indispensable resource for women’s health.
DO YOU SUPPORT THE GROCERY TAX?
I do not support taxes on groceries. I think it will hurt working families and seniors on fixed incomes.
HOW WOULD YOU WORK TO BALANCE THE STATE BUDGET?
We need to take a hard look at the state budget and really understand where the money is going. As a business owner, I am adept at reading budgets and living within my means. I do not believe adding new fees and raising taxes is the solution. Income taxes are our primary source of state revenue, yet only 64% of the our available workforce is actually working. We need to fix that by realigning our safety net systems so that work is always a net positive, and by encouraging businesses that provide family wage jobs. We also need to take a closer look at our spending and identify opportunities to save money. We cannot keep going back to the taxpayers demanding more money.
HOW WOULD YOU SOLVE THE PERS CRISIS?
In a word: Creativity! We need to be creative so we can find solutions that can help those who use the PERS for their retirement. One way we can immediately begin to tackle this problem is offer a voluntary buy-out option to those who are in Tier One and already receiving benefits. The state would offer a one time cash disbursement to eligible retirees. The collective disbursements could be funded by a bond measure that would be amortized over a period of thirty years, which will allow more cash to remain in PERS, and amortize a portion of the PERS debt at a lower interest rate than the interest earned by PERS Investments.
WHAT IS YOUR POLICY ON FOREST MANAGEMENT?
Proper forest management is the cornerstone of a a healthy, resilient forest. I won’t pretend that we can control Mother Nature, but forest management policy does impact the severity of the fires and smoke. I will work to build more alignment between federal and state forest management policy in order to reduce fuel load and create a system that allows for responsible fire suppression on federal lands within our state during peak fire season.
HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT SPECIAL INTEREST/PAC MONEY?
My decision to accept campaign funding from Political Action Committees will not change how I think about public policy. Special Interest/PAC money is often donated to a candidate whose ideas and philosophies on governance align with the members of the PAC. I come from a small business and entrepreneurial background, so some of my donations have come from small business advocacy groups that believe that my policies will ultimately align better with their members interests than my opponent’s policies. Ultimately, if elected, my job will be to make the best policy decisions for people in our community. I will be working for you and truly believe that I will be able to make a positive impact on all those in my district. We are a special and unique community that deserves to have a Senator that doesn’t just follow the latest Portland agenda. We need policy that truly reflects our values and that enables us to reach out full potential as individuals and as a community.
WHY WOULD YOU MAKE A GOOD SENATOR?
I truly love listening to people and bringing all sides together at the table. I am not one to “take sides” based on party affiliation. I believe the best work is done when all viewpoints are listened to and respected so we can come to a solution that benefits everyone involved. I am a hard worker. I am a small business owner and know what it takes to build a business and how expensive and difficult it can be for small businesses to succeed. My vision for Oregon is that we will be prosperous and fiscally responsible state that is capable of making investments in the future. I am a mother who has children in our school system who truly cares about our education system and giving our schools the resources they need to ensure success. I know the value of good healthcare but also understand how costly it is. I think we need to be creative in how we approach the healthcare crisis so all Oregonians have access to affordable, quality care. I also care about our environment and want to make sure Oregon has the resources to invest in climate resilience. Investing in water conservation efforts and responsible forest management are ways we can build a more resilient community.
DO YOU SUPPORT THE JORDAN COVE PIPELINE?
I do not support this project. I have gone on record numerous times with the reasons why I don’t support Jordan Cove. To summarize: Environmental Impact, Eminent Domain, a Canadian company shipping fuel to Japan, and, above all, I don’t think it’s right for Oregon. Here is a video of me at the SOCAN forum a couple of weeks ago with my position.
https://www.facebook.com/SOClimate/videos/239192706757977/?t=2294 @ 1:016:51 (38.5 minutes in)
In addition, the mailer from Jordan Cove has nothing to do with me. I did not send this out and I do not endorse it. It should not be associated with me at all.