Category: State Senator

Randy Sparacino

State Senator, 3rd District

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Republican

City where I live: Medford

Skills: Mayor, City of MedfordMaster’s degree in Management and bachelor’s degree in Social Science, Southern Oregon University

3 things I will do if I win:

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1. Protect Our Communities Serious crime is out of control. Our police are under attack. As former Chief, Randy will back the blue, not defund them. He’ll work every day to secure law enforcement funding, restoring peace and safety in our communities

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2. Manage the Wildfires Our forests are a precious resource, but they require proper and active management. Randy knows we need to bring back common-sense policies and reduce the threat of wildfires. 

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3. Reduce the Cost of Living When inflation skyrockets, Oregon families suffer. Randy will fight against runaway spending which ultimately taxes the middle class. He’ll work to make Oregon an affordable place to live, work, and raise a family. 

James I Manning Jr

State Senator, 7th District

Photo: James I Manning Jr

Democrat, Working Families
www.electjamesimanningjr.com

City where I live: Eugene

Skills: State Senator; nonprofit director; Master’s degree in Leadership; Retired, U.S. Army

3 things I will do if I win:

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1. Healthcare for all Oregonians, establish a universal Medicare/Medicaid-like health care delivery system that leaves no one behind. 

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2. Senator Manning strongly supports Veterans, invest in affordable housing and critical mental health services

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3. Sen. Manning is an education champion of college readiness programs, career-technical training, and the arts. He is a staunch supporter of campus safety, reducing class size, expanding apprenticeship programs, and investing in early education.

Cedric R Hayden

State Senator, 6th District

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Republican
haydenfororegon.com

City where I live: Fall Creek

Skills: Dentist, wildland firefighter, small business owner, non-profit health care work

3 things I will do if I win:

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1. Work to provide affordable health care access for Oregonians.

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2. Work to reduce crime and homelessness in our communities.

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3. Provide health access and support for veterans.

Sara Gelser Blouin

State Senator, 8th District

Photo: Sara Gelser Blouin

Democrat, Independent, Working Families
www.saragelser.com

City where I live: Corvallis

Skills: I went to college and graduate school to study history. I have served on a school board, in the Oregon House and in the Oregon Senate.  I also served on the National Council on Disability.

3 things I will do if I win:

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1. I will protect everyone’s right to make choices about their own lives.  People should decide for themselves where they want to live, who they want to love, whether they want to have children and what kind of work they want to do. I will make sure all people get paid fairly for the work they do.  I will try to m

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2. I will try to make easier for all people to get the health care and other support services they need.  This means making sure that hospitals don’t deny care to people because they are disabled or aging or because of their race.  I will help make sure that nurses, in home care workers, CNAs and people in othe

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3. Our planet is getting too hot. Because of this we have more fires, not enough water and more dangerous weather.   I will work to change the way we get our energy so that we can address climate change and protect our planet for the future. 

Valerie Draper Woldeit

State Senator, 8th District

Photo: Valerie Draper Woldeit

Republican

City where I live: Albany

Skills: 40+ years in Education 20+ years in International student exchange programs. 

3 things I will do if I win:

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1. Bringing the basics back to Education, ridding schools of CRT and other leftist political agendas that have no business in Education.

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2. Taxes and fees are driving people and businesses out of Oregon! I’m ready to repeal unreasonable taxes and fees! 

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3. Restore funding for those that choosing to protect us! Instead of defunding we should be supporting them locally with the money allocated to them instead of having to raising bonds to tax the people again, for the money that is suppose to go to law enforcement in the first place!

Deb Patterson

State Senator, 10th District

Photo: Deb Patterson

Democrat, Independent
www.DebPattersonOR.org

City where I live: Salem

Skills: Minister, Health Leader, Mom, Caregiver

3 things I will do if I win:

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1. Increase access to college and trade programs; Though an equity lens – make college more affordable;  Meaningful education for everyone  

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2. Make sure everyone has work or activities they like to do.

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3. Make sure people have choices about having children or not.

Richard (Rich) Walsh

State Senator, 11th District

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Democrat
Richardwalshforsenate.com

City where I live: Keizer

Skills: Attorney for Injured Oregonians against Insurance companies for 30 years. 

3 things I will do if I win:

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1. Homelessness and Housing Crisis. Richard’s first priority is to address the homelessness crisis.  He works with a nonprofit that provides micro-shelters and services to the unsheltered and will work to address core causes of homelessness including lack of mental health care and unaffordable ho

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2. Standing with Seniors. Richard knows that seniors deserve greater priority in all government planning. This includes everything from making facilities like parks and paths more accessible and usable to seniors to enacting laws allowing seniors to age with dignity in their own homes . He will als

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3. Affordable Healthcare: In his work as a lawyer fighting insurance companies for 30 years, Richard has seen firsthand how sudden injury or illness can cause severe hardship and leave a family in debt, even when they have insurance.  He wants to join the Senate to take it to the next level against Big Ins

Kim Thatcher

State Senator, 11th District

Photo: Kim Thatcher

Republican, Libertarian
www.kimthatcher.com

City where I live: Keizer

Skills: Construction Projects Management, State Senator (2015 to present) Oregon House of Representatives (2005 – 2014) Oregon City High School, Portland State University 

3 things I will do if I win:

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1. Our children’s education and their future is my top priority. That is why I have established a parental bill of rights for education. Study after study show that parental or caregiver involvement in a child’s education is a major factor in their success. I have already drafted legislation for next s  

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2. Recent reports examining the affordability of each state has Oregon ranked as one of the most expensive states to live and raise a family. Housing costs have increased significantly over the last few years also contributing to rent increases. There are so many regulations and red tape building new

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3. Crime and homelessness are overwhelming our communities and it requires multiple approaches to getting them under control.  In the last few years, Oregon’s governor has granted early release for thousands of seriously violent criminals. This includes criminals convicted of murder, rape, assa

Aaron Woods

State Senator, 13th District

Photo: Aaron Woods

Democrat, Working Families
aaronwoods4senate.com

City where I live: Wilsonville

Skills: Work: U.S. Army, Xerox, Tektronix,  Education: Marylhurst University, B.A., M.B.A.

3 things I will do if I win:

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1. I will work to lower the cost of housing. I will also work to create more types of housing so people can live close to their work and school, and I will help people without housing find a place to live. 

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2. I will work to create quality jobs with a good pay. I will do that by working with employers to find out what quality jobs they want to fill.  I will then work with schools to teach students the skills they need for those quality jobs. 

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3. I will help seniors. I will help them stay in their homes as they age and will work to lower costs for their medicines and healthcare. I will work to create better faster Internet and centers where they can learn how to use computers and smartphones. 

Carolina Malmedal

State Senator, 15th District

Photo: Carolina Malmedal

Republican
carolinafororegon.com

City where I live: Hillsboro

Skills: Small Business Owner – Malmedal Plumbing; Customer Service Supervisor – Alaska Airlines; Studied at International Air Academy; Community Volunteer; Mom, Grandmother 

3 things I will do if I win:

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1. Fully-fund police, decrease crime, protect communities.

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2. Protect Seniors, Freezing property taxes for 65+, Lowering prescription drug costs

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3. Oppose laws that raise the price of gas, groceries and rent. 

Janeen Sollman

State Senator, 15th District

Photo: Janeen Sollman

Democrat, Independent
www.janeensollman.com

City where I live: Hillsboro

Skills: Janeen Sollman is your State Senator for SD15 and a Recycling Specialist at Vernier Science Education. Janeen attended Forest Grove High School and PCC. Before becoming a Senator, Janeen was a State Representative and a Hillsboro School Board Member.

3 things I will do if I win:

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1. Janeen has held over 95 community conversations on issues including our homeless crisis, affordable housing, and the rising cost of living. She will advocate for policies that help our community, including seniors and those on fixed incomes. 

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2. Janeen supports our schools and Career & Technical Education. She helped pass landmark legislation to fully fund our schools. She served on the Hillsboro School Board for eight years and now volunteers with the Hillsboro Schools Foundation. 

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3. Janeen is a champion for protecting reproductive rights, including supporting the Reproductive Health Equity Act – which made Oregon a leader in the United States for protecting reproductive rights. 

John Verbeek

State Senator, 17th District

Photo: John Verbeek

Republican 

City where I live: Portland

Skills: Banking and Insurance (Retired), Citizen-Politician

3 things I will do if I win:

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1. Pursue Freedom. Honor personal rights, maintain effectiveness of divided political powers, provide legal predictability and security. Freedom is not a problem. Let it fly. VOTE!

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2. Pursue Justice. Historians observed the more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the state. Our laws can’t be numbered and multiply anyway. Had enough of lawlessness? Reverse the direction by repealing two statutes, taxes, regulations, mandates for every one new. Give laws that are impartial,

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3. Pursue Freedom and Justice with Less Government. Reverse two for one until the top or apex of 8.3% is reached. For every one new statute, tax, regulation, executive mandate reverse two towards reducing government involvement in the economy to 8.3%. 

Wlnsvey E Campos

State Senator, 18th District

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Democrat, Working Families
www.camposfororegon.com

City where I live: Aloha

Skills: I have worked as a case manager for families that were houseless or at risk of being houseless and now I work as a school-based health advocate. I also currently serve as the State Representative for House District 28. 

3 things I will do if I win:

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1. My top three priorities for addressing our housing crisis in the Oregon Senate will be increasing our affordable housing supply, lowering our current rent cap, and addressing chronic houselessness.

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2. My top three priorities for addressing climate change in the Oregon Senate will be incentivizing a green economy, championing transportation solutions that reduce carbon emissions and traffic congestion, and increasing conservation efforts.

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3. My top three priorities for health care in the Oregon Senate will be protecting the right to abortion and all reproductive healthcare, growing our healthcare workforce, and expanding access to affordable healthcare.

Rich Vial

State Senator, 18th District

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Nonaffiliated
https://www.richvial.org

City where I live: Hillsboro

Skills: Small business owner, farmer, attorney

3 things I will do if I win:

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1. Q7. Strengthen the Union. My primary goal is to create more unity between our elected leaders. 1. Make sure all Oregonians have a voice in their Capitol and are represented effectively 2. Work to reduce the power one political party hold over another 3. Make sure people are the top priority, and not ou

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2. Insist on Liberty and Justice for All.    1.  Helping our Homeless. Learning more information about those who do not have homes, how we can help, how we can work together to make sure our neighbors have a place to live.  2. Public Safety. Making sure we are protecting personal rights, supporting safe and pe

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3. Build a system that allows all people to have equal opportunity.    1.  Use facts and data to meet demands and access needs on improving roads, bridges, communication systems and necessary utilities for all.   2.  Discuss how those who benefit most from infrastructure are required to pay for those servic

Kimberly Rice

State Senator, 18th District

Photo: Kimberly Rice

Republican, Constitution
www.KimRiceforORegon.com

City where I live: Beaverton

Skills: Teacher

3 things I will do if I win:

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1. I will support legislation to improve our quality of education in Oregon, support choice/open enrollment, and money follows the child giving parents more choice in the education that best helps their child.  

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2. I will work on legislation that will roll back taxes, put a freeze on property taxes 65 and older, and make it easier for families and small businesses to live and work in Oregon by lessening taxes and regulations.

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3. I will work to roll back government overreach on our freedoms and liberties for all Oregonians. I will support and stand with healthcare freedom, and I will work on removing OHA permanent administrative rules on our citizens. I will  uphold our federal and state constitution.

Rob Wagner

State Senator, 19th District

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Democrat, Independent
robwagnerfororegon.com

City where I live: Lake Oswego

Skills: Portland Community College, Associate Vice President; American Federation of Teachers-Oregon, Legislative Affairs Director; Lake Oswego School Board

3 things I will do if I win:

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1. Increase access to college and trade programs; Though an equity lens – make college more affordable;  Meaningful education for everyone  

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2. More housing for all; More Access to drug treatment; More Access to mental health services

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3. Abortion is healthcare; Your body, your choice; Access to healthcare for everyone

Mark Meek

State Senator, 20th District

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Democrat
votemarkmeek.com

City where I live: Gladstone

Skills: Small business owner and State Representative. U.S. Air Force veteran. 

3 things I will do if I win:

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1. Mark knows it is too expensive to live in Oregon. That’s why he will reduce costs by building more affordable housing, lowering the price of medicine, opposing tolls on our roads, and more.

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2. Mark believes everyone deserves quality, affordable healthcare. That’s why he protected Medicaid coverage for over 1 million Oregon residents – including people with disabilities. Mark will continue protecting their access to healthcare while focusing on improving quality of care.

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3. Mark cared for his mother with disabilities, so these issues are personal to him. Mark will ensure the rights of people with disabilities are protected, as well as create more opportunities for jobs, education and recreation. 

Bill Kennemer

State Senator, 20th District

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Republican, Independent, Libertarian
www.billkennemer.com

City where I live: Oregon City

Skills: PhD Clinical Psychogist (retired); State Senator; State Rep; Clackamas County Commissioner 

3 things I will do if I win:

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1. * Stronger sentences for violent criminals 
* Support DAs to prosecute property and theft crimes 
* Fully fund Police and Student Resource Officers

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2. * Bring down prescription drug costs 
* Protect Medicaid Funding 
* Increase mental health/addiction access

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3. * Roll back business taxes, making gas, groceries and housing affordable 
* Protect kicker tax rebates to citizens 
* Bring down high rent costs 

Kayse Jama

State Senator, 24th District

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Democrat, Independent, Working Families
www.jamafororegon.com

City where I live: Portland

Skills: Oregon State Senator; Nonprofit Leader – B.A. Marylhurst University 

3 things I will do if I win:

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1. Affordability in housing, healthcare, and cost of living

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2. Opportunity and fairness in employment and economy

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3. Educational equity and action on climate change

Raz Mason

State Senator, 26th District

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Democrat, Independent
masonfororegon.com

City where I live: The Dalles

Skills: Security guard. Writer. Teacher. Help people understand and fix climate change. Used to work in a shelter to help women and children abused at home. 

3 things I will do if I win:

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1. Keep abortion legal. Help women access birth control to choose when and if to start a family. Have more childcare centers.

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2. Make sure huge companies help Oregon State and cities where they are. Protect workers from being hurt on the job. Let workers get together to ask for what they want. 

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3. More apartments with low rents. Help people who lost their homes because of wildfires. Give homeless people safe places to stay.

Jeff Golden

State Senator, 3rd District

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Democrat, Independent, Working Families, Progressive
www.goldenforsenate.org

City where I live: Ashland

Skills: mediator, journalist, radio/TV producer and host, old-time river guide

3 things I will do if I win:

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1. Make good physical and mental health care available to all Oregonians

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2. Take action to reduce climate change for the next generation, and for the rest of us.

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3. Let’s make sure all Oregon families can meet their basic needs.