Dear Friends and Neighbors,
There is so much to love about living in Oregon, and Eugene! The natural beauty all around us. The creative, can-do spirit of our people.
In Oregon we can build on the strong points, and tackle the obvious problems that remain, to become better. Serving in the legislature gives me a great opportunity to work on both. There is no shortage of good ideas, and I’ve proven that I can write bills and get them passed, set good budget priorities, and help my colleagues do the same, in order to make progress. Please see the “legislative accomplishments” page for details. My bills have tackled topics like public safety, health care rate increases, services for veterans, consumer protection, and accountability for public contracts. I’m especially proud of several ideas that I promoted to help local programs and that wind up benefiting the entire state, including funding for school health centers, seismic monitors at the University of Oregon to build an earthquake early warning system, a youth shelter and assessment center on the Serbu Youth Campus, projects that helped build “Track Town” into a national brand, and preserving archaeological and anthropological collections at UO’s Museum of Natural and Cultural History.
In the “good ideas” department, I spend a lot of time talking with, and listening to the concerns of, people and organizations here at home. Some examples of those who have provided a critical spark: Looking Glass, Pearl Buck Center, CASA, and the 4J School Board. A constituent whose family heirloom necklace was stolen in a home burglary. Manufactured home park residents subjected to unfair business practices. AARP, high school students, and Stand for Children.
My priorities for a new term are in the areas of jobs and economy, health care, education, smarter government, and transportation. It's critical to rebuild career technical education, and quickly improve access to high speed internet for the 21st century economy. For people and freight to move around more efficiently, congestion has to be addressed with better transportation connections and rail system improvements. Transitioning to green choices in transportation, power, and manufacturing will bring new jobs, improving high school gradution rates and preparing kids for jobs and college requires continued investment in public education: funding for more courses and classrooms, better student/teacher ratio, and programs for early learning and career readiness.
I am honored to be representing and advocating for the citizens residing in north and downtown Eugene. If you are interested in helping me continue to represent you, please volunteer.