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Judge of the Oregon Tax Court Overview:
Voters choose a Judge of the Oregon Tax Court every 6 years.

  • Rules on issues related to state tax law
  • Appoints magistrates to make decisions
  • Rules when someone appeals a magistrate’s decision

All Candidates for Judge of the Oregon Tax Court:
Robert Manicke

Robert Manicke

Photo: Robert Manicke smiling at the camera.City where I live:  Portland
Skills:  I have been the Judge of the Oregon Tax Court since January 1, 2018.  Before that, I was a tax lawyer for 25 years. I graduated from Willamette University in 1984, and I graduated from law school in Illinois in 1992.

3 things I will do if I win:
Icon: A photo of a scale. 1. I believe in a fair trial for everyone who has a tax case.

 

Icon: A book of law.2. I will make sure Oregonians can have a fair trial in the Tax Court if they need it.

 

Icon: The US Constitution on a scroll reading "We the People"3. I will follow the US Constitution and the Oregon Constitution when I decide Oregon tax cases.

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Voters choose a Governor every 4 years.

  • Runs the Oregon state government
  • Approves or rejects Oregon laws
  • Creates a budget for spending Oregon tax money
  • Chooses people for some government jobs

    All Candidates for Governor:

    *Means that  candidate did not submit a statement to DRO for the Easy Voting Guide.

Aaron Auer – Constitution

Nick Chen – Libertarian

Kate Brown – Democrat, Working Families

Knute Buehler* – Republican

Patrick Starnes* – Independent

Chris Henry – Progressive

Nick Chen – Libertarian

Photo: Nick Chen smiles at the camera.City where I live:  Wilsonville
Skills:  Currently completing my Bachelors in Electrical Engineering. I earned an Electronic Technologies Associates Degree while in the Navy. Currently I work in the Logistics division of one of the world’s largest Tech companies.

3 things I will do if I win:
Icon: A picture of the American flag with 13 stripes and 50 stars. 1. I do not have priorities.  I did not take any donations.  I am in debt only to the people of Oregon, my family, and my friends.  I am here to serve the people of Oregon. ALL OF THE PEOPLE. Every race, religion, and identity.  
Icon: A picture of the American flag with 13 stripes and 50 stars. 2. I will help assist any issue I have the power. Government should have limits to power. They cannot solve every problem. They must respect privacy. They must carry the burden of protecting us from them-selves. Not protecting themselves from us.

Icon: A picture of the American flag with 13 stripes and 50 stars. 3. I will never create a policy or vote for laws that exempt myself or lawmakers. If I win,  I will not campaign again. If I do my job then you will have a reason to vote for or against me the next time. I will serve a maximum two term limit.

Kate Brown – Democrat, Working Families

katebrownfororegon.com

Photo: Kate Brown smiling at the camera.City where I live: Salem

Skills:  Proud to serve as Oregon’s Governor. Occupational background: Family and Children’s Advocate, PSU Instructor. Educational background: University of Colorado; Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College

3 things I will do if I win:
Icon: A doctor wearing a head mirror and with a medical cross on their chest holds a sheet of paper with a medical cross and writing.1. Protect health care for Oregonians because everyone should be able to see a doctor when they’re sick.

 

Icon: A pencil, an apple, and a chalkboard with "ABC" written on it, and the label "K - 12." 2. Make sure Oregonians get a good quality education because every child deserves to reach their full potential.

 

Icon: A tree and grass in the foreground, two mountains in the background, the sun shining3. Fight for the Oregon we love because we can’t compromise our values, including protecting our clean air and water.

Chris Henry – Progressive

City where I live:  Gladstone
Skills: long-haul truck driver; aircraft mechanic; concrete mixed driver; student at Portland State University

3 things I will do if I win:
Icon: The United States, with a dollar bill sign and a stock line going up and down behind it1. Create a State Bank–stop Wall Street ripoff of Oregon’s governments at all levels, which now pay Wall Street over $1 billion dollars/year just to manage money that already belongs to those governments.  The State Bank would invest in Oregon jobs.

Icon: Image of state of Oregon, dollar sign in the middle of the state, economic growth graph behind state of oregon, "State Economy" 2. Adopt limits on political campaign contributions; require political ads identify their largest funders–right in the ads.  The Center for Public Integrity rates Oregon’s campaign system as the absolute worst in America, except for Mississippi.

Icon: A scale with two dollar signs balanced, with the label "Budget."3. Cut Oregon income taxes on families living below or near the poverty line; increase taxes on corporations.  Oregon has the lowest taxes on corporations of any state.

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US Representative:
Voters choose U.S. Representatives every 2 years. There are 5 U.S. Representatives from Oregon. You vote for 1 in your district.

  • Represent Oregonians from their district in U.S. government
  • Create U.S. laws
  • Vote on U.S. laws and budget

US Representative, 5th District

Mark Callahan – Republican

Dan Souza – Libertarian

Marvin Sandnes – Pacific Green

Kurt Schrader – Democrat, Independent

*Means that candidate chose not to submit a voting guide statement.

Mark Callahan – Republican

https://CallahanForOregon.com

Photo: Mark Callahan smiling at the camera.City where I live:  Oregon City
Skills:  Occupational Background: 18+ years of Information Technology Industry experience. Educational Background: B.S. Business Administration / MIS, Pre-Law Minor, OSU; MCP, MCSE Training Program, The Computer Institute.

3 things I will do if I win:
Icon: A ribbon with stars and stripes and the word "Veteran" on it.1. Reform Veteran’s Healthcare allowing veterans to be go to any doctor for services. Serve those that have served us in honorable services to our country
Icon: A picture of a man and a woman with the words no entry, above a map of the united states 2. Secure the U.S. Southern Border; Defund Sanctuary Cities and States; Require eVerify.

 

Icon: The words "Tax Cuts," with a pair of scissors cutting through the word Tax.3. Make the individual tax cuts permanent; Work towards replacing the current tax system with a flat tax system.

Dan Souza – Libertarian

City where I live:  Lincoln City
Skills:  I am a chef and an American citizen.

3 things I will do if I win:
Icon: The US Capitol Building with a dollar sign on it and the label "Limit."1. Cut/ limit government spending! We’re $21 trillion in debt, that’s insane! Ending the pointless wars and bringing the troops home would help with that immensely.
Icon: The USA with a star over Washington DC, and the label "Limit." 2. Limiting the government itself. The government, has way too much power. It’s time we, the people, take that power back. The government should not be able to tell you who to love or who you can hate. Make America free again!
Icon: A picture of the Statue of Liberty.3. Limiting government spending and limiting the government itself will lead to liberty for all. We will be great. We will be prosperous. And we will be free!

Kurt Schrader – Democrat, Independent

www.kurtschrader.com

Photo: Kurt Schrader smiling at the camera. City where I live: Canby

Skills:  I spent most of my life as a farmer and veterinarian. I grew fruit and vegetables and took care of horses, dogs and cats. I wanted to help my community, so I ran for office. In 2008, I was elected to represent our part of Oregon in Washington D.C

3 things I will do if I win:
Icon: A person uses a shovel while another person sits working at a computer. The label reads "Jobs."1. Our part of Oregon has many farms and forests. I will help pass the Farm Bill, a law to help farmers and folks near forest land make a good living. Many new jobs are in cities, but I will make sure people who live in the country have good jobs too.
Icon: A pencil, an apple, and a chalkboard with "ABC" written on it, and the label "K - 12." 2. I am working to pass a bill to help schools and businesses work together to teach kids the skills they need when they graduate. I am also working to make sure special education has all the money that has been promised.
Icon: A picture of a Social Security card.3. Veterans, seniors and people with disabilities earn benefits to take care of themselves.  When mistakes happen, my office helps fix it and has returned $5.5 million to people, making sure that everyone who counts on this help, gets what they need.

Candidates

Voters choose U.S. Representatives every 2 years. There are 5 U.S. Representatives from Oregon. You vote for 1 in your district.

  • Represent Oregonians from their district in U.S. government
  • Create U.S. laws
  • Vote on U.S. laws and budget

US Representative, 4th District
Art Robinson* – Republican, Constitution
Richard R Jacobson – Libertarian
Mike Beilstein – Pacific Green
Peter A DeFazio – Democrat, Independent,
Working Families

*Means that candidate chose not to submit a voting guide statement.

Richard R Jacobson – Libertarian

City where I live: Eugene
Skills: Education: High School Diploma, 1976: Southwestern High, Jamestown, NY. B.S., 1981: U. of Miami, Coral Gables, FL. Ph.D., 1989: SUNY at Albany, Albany, NY Work: Research Chemist: Coromed, Inc.; Lead Chemist: SI Group; Senior Lead Chemist: Hexion, Inc.

3 things I will do if I win:
Icon: The USA with a star over Washington DC, and the label "Limit." 1. As a Libertarian candidate, I will work to maximize personal freedom and liberty and reduce the impact of government on people’s lives.

 

Icon: Two people shaking hands, with a briefcase in the middle, briefcase has dollar sign on it, both people are on top of the map of the United States 2. I will support free, fair and open market trade among all people, both within and outside of the United States.

 

Icon: The peace symbol.3. I will promote peace and prosperity for all people in the United States and the world.

Mike Beilstein – Pacific Green

Photo: Mike Beilstein smiling at the camera. City where I live: Corvallis
Skills:  Retired after 30 years as a research chemist working primarily in nutrition.  Served fro 12 years on the Corvallis City Council.

3 things I will do if I win:
Icon: A jet, tank, and military rifles above the word limit.1. Introduce legislation to reduce violence both criminal and military.  Reduce access to guns. Limit defense spending and shut down US overseas military bases.
Icon: The sun, a lightning bolt, and a wind turbine in a grassy field 2. Stop funding fossil fuel development.  Tax carbon emissions.

 

Icon: People sitting at a long meeting table, with an X over them, and the label "Greed."3. Tax structure, including carbon tax, that makes the wealthy pay their share.

Peter A DeFazio – Democrat, Independent, Working Families

www.defazioforcongress.org

Photo: Peter DeFazio smiling at the camera.City where I live:  Springfield
Skills:  Occupation: U.S. Representative. Occupational Background: U.S. Air Force Reserve. Educational Background: Tufts University, University of Oregon M.A. Prior Governmental Experience: Chair, Lane County Commission

3 things I will do if I win:
Icon: A picture of the state of Oregon with a health cross in the middle1. Lower health care costs by expanding coverage, creating lower-cost options outside of the for-profit insurance industry, protect consumers, and strengthen Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

Icon: A ribbon with stars and stripes and the word "Veteran" on it.2. The Veterans Administration should serve veterans as they did for our country. I led the charge to improve VA health care and secured funding for a new clinic for local vets.
Icon: A diploma, a graduation cap and a book, with the label "College."3. I have voted against every congressional pay raise and will continue to vote against pay raises. Instead, I use the money to fund scholarships at Oregon community colleges. Everyone should have access to education without crippling debt.

Candidates

Voters choose U.S. Representatives every 2 years. There are 5 U.S. Representatives from Oregon. You vote for 1 in your district.

  • Represent Oregonians from their district in U.S. government
  • Create U.S. laws
  • Vote on U.S. laws and budget

US Representative, 3rd District

Marc W Koller – Independent, Progressive, Pacific Green

Earl Blumenauer* – Democrat

Gary Lyndon Dye – Libertarian

Michael Marsh – Constitution

Tom Harrison* – Republican

*Means that candidate chose not to submit a voting guide statement.

Marc W Koller – Independent, Progressive, Pacific Green

Photo: Marc W Koller smiling at the camera.

www.marckoller4congress.com

City where I live:  Portland
Skills:  I have a Bachelors degree in Industrial Education from the State University of New York. I have done Graduate work in Human Resources at Boston University. I worked as a High School vocational instructor. I worked during college at the Post Office.

3 things I will do if I win:
Icon: A doctor wearing a head mirror and with a medical cross on their chest holds a sheet of paper with a medical cross and writing.1. I will fight for medicare for all. I believe that health-care is a human right and that every person living in America should receive the same quality of care regardless of their ability to pay. Mental health care must be party of the solution
Icon: A picture of a Social Security card. 2. It is imperative that we not only protect but expand social security. The social security trust fund must not be used to pay for excessive government budget deficits. Seniors deserve to live from the threat of homelessness, and to live in dignity.
Icon: A house with the words low cost under it. 3. Skyrocketing housing costs and increasing homelessness are a symptom of the disparity between the super rich and the those living in poverty. Our government has the responsibility to provide housing funds all Americans that cannot afford a safe home.

Gary Lyndon Dye – Libertarian

Photo: Gary Lyndon Dye smiling at the camera.

facebook.com/PoliGary

City where I live: Portland
Skills: Monstrous budgets, deficits, and debt are effectively producing a bipartisan totalitarian state. A crisis is coming with our unprecedented debt, which will — soon — result in catastrophic failure of the dollar (hyperinflation), if not abated.

3 things I will do if I win:
Icon: A scale with two dollar signs balanced, with the label "Budget." 1. Monstrous budgets, deficits, and debt are effectively producing a bipartisan totalitarian state. A crisis is coming with our unprecedented debt, which will — soon — result in catastrophic failure of the dollar (hyperinflation), if not abated.
Icon: The word tax with an arrow pointing down.

2. Replacing income taxes with a universal single-rate transaction tax.

 

Icon: A jet, tank, and military rifles above the word limit.

3. Reducing military and central intelligence, becoming truly defense-oriented; abandoning: imperialism/protecting offshore capital/sequestering offshore natural resources/nation-building. Demobilizing. Supporting allies friendly to our Constitution.

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US Representative:
Voters choose U.S. Representatives every 2 years. There are 5 U.S. Representatives from Oregon. You vote for 1 in your district.

  • Represent Oregonians from their district in U.S. government
  • Create U.S. laws
  • Vote on U.S. laws and budget

US Representative, 2nd District
Mark R Roberts* – Independent
Greg Walden* – Republican
Jamie McLeod-Skinner – Democrat, Working Families

*Means that candidate chose not to submit a voting guide statement.

Jamie McLeod-Skinner – Democrat, Working Families

McLeodSkinner.com

Photo: Jamie McLeod-Skinner smiles at the camera.City where I live:  Terrebonne
Skills:  Natural resources/water professional. Regional Environmental Planner, City Council Member, City Manager, Reconstruction Program Manager, Law Clerk. Degrees in Civil Engineering, Planning, and Law. UO graduate. Worked in Jackson and Klamath Counties.

3 things I will do if I win:
Icon: A person uses a shovel while another person sits working at a computer. The label reads "Jobs." 1. Build Stronger Communities: We need housing people can afford. We need more jobs. Our jobs should pay enough to live on. We need to support programs that help people.
Icon: A diploma, a graduation cap and a book, with the label "College." 2. Education for Public Service: Everyone should be able to go to college or trade school. But some people can’t afford to. I want a program that pays tuition in exchange for public service.

Icon: A small person or child, a person wearing pants, and a person using a cane, with a medical cross above them.3. Healthcare for Everyone: I want to make our healthcare system better. People need healthcare they can afford. We need more doctors where people live.

Candidates

Voters choose U.S. Representatives every 2 years. There are 5 U.S. Representatives from Oregon. You vote for 1 in your district.

  • Represent Oregonians from their district in U.S. government
  • Create U.S. laws
  • Vote on U.S. laws and budget

US Representative, 1st District
Drew A Layda* – Libertarian, Pacific Green
Suzanne Bonamici – Democrat, Independent
John Verbeek – Republican

*Means that candidate did not submit a statement to DRO for the Easy Voting Guide.

Suzanne Bonamici – Democrat, Independent

Photo: Suzanne Bonamici smiles at the camera.

www.bonamiciforcongress.com

City where I live: Washington County
Skills: I worked my way through community college, college, and law school, and served consumers and small businesses as an attorney and state legislator. I am a proven leader, fighting for economic stability and opportunities for all Oregonians.

3 things I will do if I win:
Icon: A pencil, an apple, and a chalkboard with "ABC" written on it, and the label "K - 12." 1. All students deserve an excellent public education. I will continue to work on expanding access to early childhood education, funding IDEA, supporting well-rounded education, reducing high-stakes testing, and making college more affordable.
Icon: A person uses a shovel while another person sits working at a computer. The label reads "Jobs." 2. To grow the economy and create jobs, I support workforce training, apprenticeships, and robust infrastructure investments. Too many families still struggle, so I am also fighting for affordable childcare, retirement security, and paid family leave.
Icon: An image of the earth, with waves radiating from it.3. We must protect our planet for future generations. On the Science Committee, I support protecting clean air and water, reducing carbon emissions, investing in renewable energy technologies, and protecting our oceans.

John Verbeek – Republican

Photo: John Verbeek smiles and looks at the cameraCity where I live: Portland
Skills: Business and Insurance Strategies

3 things I will do if I win:

Icon: The US Constitution on a scroll reading "We the People"1. The freedom to believe, the right to bear arms, and the right to privacy

 

Icon: A bus2. Make better choices in transportation spending: roads for cars, buses and pedestrians, not just railways for light rail.
Icon: A person wearing a skirt and the label "Pro Life."3. Promote good health, good nutrition, and less government between the patient and the doctor.

Suzanne Bonamici – Democrat

Photo: Suzanne Bonamici smiles and looks at the cameraCity where I live: Washington County
Skills: I worked my way through community college, college, and law school, and served consumers and small businesses as an attorney and state legislator. I am a proven leader, fighting for economic stability and opportunities for all Oregonians.

3 things I will do if I win:
Icon: A pencil, an apple, and a chalkboard with "ABC" written on it, and the label "K - 12." 1. All students deserve an excellent public education. I will continue to work on expanding access to early childhood education, funding IDEA, supporting well-rounded education, reducing highstakes testing, and making college more affordable
Icon: A person uses a shovel while another person sits working at a computer. The label reads "Jobs." 2. To grow the economy and create jobs, I support workforce training, apprenticeships, and robust infrastructure investments. Too many working families still struggle, so I am fighting for affordable childcare, retirement security, and paid family leave.
Icon: An image of the earth, with waves radiating from it. 3.We must protect our planet for future generations. On the Science Committee, I support protecting clean air and water, reducing carbon emissions, investing in renewable energy technologies, and protecting our oceans.

Michael E Stansfield – Democrat

Photo: Michael Stansfield smiles and looks away from camera City where I live: Tualatin
Skills: Love

3 things I will do if I win:
Icon: Various religious symbols 1. My mother is Jewish, but my wife is Arabic. At birth I took my son to temple to be redeemed as part of his Jewish heritage. The Rabbi told me, we don’t redeem half-breeds, because my wife was an Arab and not a descendant of Israel.
Icon: Three people hold hands. One is wearing pants, one is wearing a skirt, and one is using a wheelchair. The label reads "Civil Rights." 2. I asked him, “In the Bible it says that the Jewish nation took money from the temple and sold the nation of Israel to the Assyrians long ago. How do you know the Arabs are not Israel?” Racism seeks to raise one race by lowering that of another.
3.All this hate because my Jewish family could not look at my Arab family as an equal. We could have been friends. Sometimes to change the world it is not about winning, but just being able to stand-up and say there is something wrong with the world.

George Griffith – Republican

Photo: George Griffith smiles and looks at the cameraCity where I live: Portland
Skills: My undergraduate degrees are in engineering. I’ve worked in technology. my entire career. I’ve served on the board of Habitat for Humanity; building safe, affordable homes, creating wealth for generations. I am a proven leader who can build things.

3 things I will do if I win:
Icon: People sitting at a long meeting table, with an X over them, and the label "Greed."1. Big money in politics influences all other issues. Representatives spend so much time raising money for their next election that they have no time to govern. They rely on lobbyists and super PACs who spend more time writing laws than ‘lawmakers’ do.

 

Icon: A person uses a shovel while another person sits working at a computer. The label reads "Jobs." 2. Our infrastructure and electric grid are dangerously out of date. We can create jobs and vocational training that feeds economic growth. If President Trump is serious about MAGA then we will certainly need scientists and engineers to make it happen.

 

Icon: A scale with two dollar signs balanced, with the label "Budget."3.Balance the budget to not burden future generations. We’ve added $20 Trillion to the debt since Reagan, doing nothing to increase the earnings of Americans who will be working when their tax cuts expire and this massive debt needs to be repaid.

Eric Hafner – Democrat

City where I live: Toms River, NJ
Skills: I have worked as a labor union organizer, criminal defense consultant, advisor to foreign diplomats, hotel manager, and advised a town on medical marijuana. I am also a Rastafari Ordained Minister. My skills make it easy to help people.

3 things I will do if I win:
Icon: A marijuana leaf with the word Rx on it1. Marijuana helps sick people. It should be legal for everyone. Pot is good. I use medical marijuana for my own health.

 

Icon: A woman, Caption: Pro Choice2. Women should have the right to abortion. The government must respect women and LGBT people as equal human beings with rights.

 

Icon: Three people hold hands. One is wearing pants, one is wearing a skirt, and one is using a wheelchair. The label reads "Civil Rights."3. Everyone needs civil rights. We need better civil rights laws to help protect people with disabilities and raise the cash amount paid for SSI and SSDI payments, while making the application process faster and more friendly to people.