Josephine County Democrats 2018 General Election Slate

GOVERNOR

⇒ Kate Brown

  • WILDFIRES: Immediately declared Taylor Creek, Hugo, and other fires: Conflagration enabling the fire agencies and law enforcement from throughout the state to respond to the emergency saving our houses.
  • HEALTHCARE: Kate believes health care costs too much for Oregonians, so she led the effort to protect the health care of four hundred thirty thousand Oregonians, including 80,000 kids, from federal cuts.
  • EDUCATION: She started her career as an advocate for vulnerable children and she’s working to improve our schools.
  • JOBS: Kate started Future Ready Oregon, to provide expanded access to skills training tied to local jobs with good pay and benefits.
  • ENVIRONMENT: Kate loves Oregon’s natural environment and has fought to protect it from pollution and offshore drilling.

 More at: https://katebrownfororegon.com/

Knute Buehler

  • Against universal background checks for purchases of firearms.
  • Against taking firearms away from suicidal individuals
  • Against statewide access to universal healthcare
  • Voted against coverage for abortions and contraception (HB3391)
  • Voted against legislation to limit landlords from evicting tenants without cause
  • Voted against labeling Genetically Modified fish
  • Voted against automatic voter registration
  • Voted against an increase in the minimum wage
  • Voted against a requirement that employers offer paid sick leave
  • Voted against low carbon fuel standards target date

US Representative Congressional District 2

⇒ Jamie McLeod-Skinner

  • Supports affordable and comprehensive healthcare for all
  • Believes in rural Oregon values and traditions
  • Funded by local supporters
  • Supports raising minimum wage, union representation, and believes renewable energy is the future for Oregon creating more jobs.
  • Believes in holding corporations and the wealthy accountable when they break laws and violate regulations.
  • Endorsed by the Independent and Working Families Parties

 More at: https://jamiefororegon.com/

Greg Walden

  • 20-year incumbent who fails to hold town halls
  • Architect of repealing Affordable Health Care Act, which would cause 1 in 5 of his constituents to lose healthcare.
  • Funded by out of state PAC money
  • Thinks jobs can be created by cutting taxes for corporations and the very rich
  • Opposes raising the minimum wage
  • Trying to reduce internet access for rural communities

Mark Roberts, Independent Party

  • Was NOT endorsed by own Independent Party
  • Has he ever addressed Josephine County or rural concerns?

US Representative Congressional District 4

⇒ Peter DeFazio

  • Incumbent, serving since 1987
  • Ranking member of house Transportation and Infrastructure committees
  • Co-sponsoring Medicare for all bill
  • Opposed free trade bills

More at: https://www.defazioforcongress.org/

Art Robinson

  • 5th attempt to unseat opponent
  • Biochemist, believes global warming is a hoax
  • Attested that radioactivity is not harmful
  • Advocates an end to public education.

Oregon State Senate 1st District

⇒ Shannon Souza

  • Supports readily accessible healthcare and women’s right to control their own bodies.
  • Protect natural resources by managing for permanent recreation, harvest, and ecosystem health.
  • Will fight for affordable housing.
  • Will fight for job creation in renewable energy.

 More at: https://www.electshannonsouza.org/

Dallas Heard

Republican appointee who as a representative voted against these bills, most which passed with bi-partisan support:

  • Establish state net neutrality policy
  • Requires manufacturers to disclose certain chemicals used in children’s products
  • Denies convicted stalkers from possessing firearms
  • Prohibits landlords from evicting tenants without cause
  • Extends the background check waiting period for gun sales
  • Requires energy companies to eliminate coal power
  • Increases minimum wage
  • Authorizes automatic voter registration

Oregon State Representative District 1

⇒ Eldon Rollins

  • Strong supporter of public school system
  • Supports full access to healthcare for all

Oregon State Representative District 2

⇒ Megan Salter

  • Homemaker, former teacher, and community activist
  • Wants adequate public education funding
  • Will work for affordable housing, living wage jobs, and economic growth

 More at: http://megansalter.com/

Gary Leif

  • Republican appointee
  • Advocates sending Oregon National Guard to the Mexican border
  • Anti-Sanctuary cities

County Commissioner -- No Position

Darin Fowler

  • Mayor, Grants Pass

Ron Smith

Sheriff -- No Position

Dave Daniel

  • Current sheriff has core values of service, professionalism and fiscal responsibility
  • Increased staff by 20 since public safety levy— increased jail beds, added patrols in all county geographic areas, added resident deputies.
  • Modernization of agency with training and in-car camera equipment

Jonathan Knapp

  • Worked in law enforcement in Maricopa County, AZ until recently
  • Supports volunteer and posse program and increased neighborhood patrols
  • Believes in limited government
  • Member of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association

County Clerk

⇒ Rhiannon Henkels

  • Incumbent – 2016 – present
  • Previously served as deputy clerk.
  • Courteous, professional, meticulous regarding adhering to state law and rules
  • Kept elections safe from hacking

Sandi Cassanelli

  • Recalled as County Commissioner in 2011
  • Lack of support for Sheriff, veterans, animal shelter and economic development activities
  • Denigrating behavior toward other governing bodies and nongovernment organizations.
  • Disclosed confidential personnel matters in public

Ballot Measures

VOTE YES ON MEASURE 102: Amends Constitution: allows local bonds for financing affordable housing with nongovernmental entities. Requires voter approval, annual audits.

Measure 102 would amend the constitution, allowing public funding to be mixed with private dollars to build privately-owned affordable housing.  Oregon currently has a need for over 120,000 affordable housing units, just to stay even with the demand for housing that working people can afford. By allowing private funders to participate in public bond-funded affordable housing projects, we will increase the amount of affordable housing units that can be built.

More information at: https://washcodems.org/2018/09/01/washco-dems-blue-wave-november-2018-oregon-midterms-vote-yes-on-measure-102/

VOTE NO ON MEASURE 103: Amends Constitution: Prohibits taxes/fees based on transactions for “groceries” (defined) enacted or amended after September 2017

Measure 103 would amend the constitution to permanently block taxation on groceries and to freeze the state corporate minimum tax for any business related to the food industry. But don’t be fooled–103 isn’t about protecting consumers! Kroger, Costco, and Albertsons Safeway have donated a combined $1.96 million (99% of the campaigns contributions) in an effort to protect big food corporations from paying their fair share of corporate taxes, while these same corporations benefit from use of roads, water, sewage, and other public services. Like Measure 104, 103 would immediately overturn the fees passed on hospitals (since they serve food) approved by voters in January to fund the Oregon Health Plan, putting the health care of hundreds of thousands of  Oregonians at risk.

More information at: https://washcodems.org/2018/09/01/washco-dems-blue-wave-november-2018-oregon-midterms-vote-no-on-measure-103/

VOTE NO ON MEASURE 104: Amends Constitution: Expands (beyond taxes) application of requirement that three-fifths legislative majority approve bills raising revenue

Measure 104 would amend the constitution to require a 3/5ths supermajority vote in the State Legislature to eliminate tax breaks for special interests, or raise fees. 104 uses the Oregon Constitution to shield the biggest corporations in the State from any increased fees to pay for the rising costs of their use of public resources, or to clean up the pollution they might cause. This would make it even harder to fund our roads, schools, libraries, and public health care. In fact, passing Measure 104 would immediately cause cuts to the Oregon Health Plan, something voters just agreed to fund in January.

More information at: https://washcodems.org/2018/09/01/washco-dems-blue-wave-november-2018-oregon-midterms-vote-no-on-measure-104/

VOTE NO ON MEASURE 105: Repeals law limiting the use of state/local law enforcement resources to enforce federal immigration laws

Measure 105 is an attempt to repeal Oregon’s state sanctuary law, which prevents local law enforcement and other state agencies from using public resources to aid federal immigration enforcement. For 30 years, this law has effectively limited racial profiling of our immigrant community members.  When police collaborate with ICE, immigrants are too afraid to access police protection against assault, domestic violence, robbery, and other protections everyone else enjoys. Beyond reducing public safety, 105 would also divert already stretched funds from our local agencies to enforce federal policy.  Both socially and economically, the costs are more than Oregon can afford.

More information at: https://washcodems.org/2018/09/01/washco-dems-blue-wave-november-2018-oregon-midterms-vote-no-on-measure-105/

VOTE NO ON MEASURE 106: Amends Constitution: Prohibits spending “public funds” (defined) directly/indirectly for “abortion” (defined); exceptions; reduces abortion access

Measure 106 would amend the constitution to prohibit the allocation of public funds for abortion and related reproductive services. It would prevent  public employees and working class people, including those on Oregon Health Plan, from accessing such services. With national talk of repealing Roe vs Wade, Oregonians have a chance to say No to limiting reproductive rights. This is a direct attack on healthcare options for low-wage workers and public employees.

More information at: https://washcodems.org/2018/09/01/washco-dems-blue-wave-november-2018-oregon-midterms-vote-no-on-measure-106/