Category: State Treasurer

Candidates: State Treasurer

State Treasurer Overview:

Voters choose a Treasurer every 4 years.

  • Manages Oregon tax money
  • Helps earn Oregon money for government funds by investing it
  • Runs the Oregon college savings (529) and ABLE Account programs

All Candidates for State Treasurer:

Michael P Marsh* – Constitution

Tobias Read – Democrat, Working Families Chris Henry – Progressive, Pacific Green, Independent

Jeff Gudman – Republican

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

Tobias Read

Photo: Tobias J ReadDemocrat, Working Families

City where I live: Portland

Skills: State Treasurer, 2017-present; State Representative, 2007-2016; Oregon Innovation Council; Oregon Business Development Commission.

3 things I will do if I win:

Icon: 2 people holding a briefcase with a dollar sign label, in front of an image of the United States1. Oregon’s $100 billion investment portfolio is among the best managed in the country. Treasurer Read has taken key decisions away from Wall Street, resulting in $500 million for state retirees.

Icon: image of a graduation cap, book and diploma and the label College2. Treasurer Read is helping Oregonians save for college. He has invested the first $25 in each college savings plan opened in a child’s first year.

Icon: Oregon, with a dollar sign, over a backdrop of a chart going up and down3. Treasurer Read established OregonSaves, it has already helped 70,000 Oregonians to save over $65 million towards their retirement.

Chris Henry

Photo: Chris HenryProgressive, Pacific Green, Independent

City where I live: Oregon City

Skills: I’m a Progressive because I want an economy that works for working people. I’m a Green because I want a fossil fuel-free economy that is sustainable. And, I’m an independent because I’m not beholden to corporate or monied interests.

3 things I will do if I win:

Icon: a dollar sign superimposed over the US Capitol Building with the label Limit beneath1. [Push for Campaign Finance Reform] I will advocate for the implementation of strict campaign finance limits and am limiting donations to my campaign to small donations of less than $500 per contribution.

Icon: Oregon, with a dollar sign, over a backdrop of a chart going up and down2. [Form an Oregon State Bank] I will work in the interests of Main Street and The 99%, NOT on Wall Street and The 1%. I will diligently work to bring Oregon’s funding back to Oregon and invest in our communities through a public bank.

Icon: an arrow points down to a line, with the word TAX underneath3. [Advocate for a Progressive Tax System] Oregon’s tax system is highly regressive. It should work for the average working person, like you and me. Rich corporations and the monied class need to pay their fair share. I will work to create a more progressive tax system.

Jeff Gudman

Photo: Jeff GudmanRepublican

City where I live: Lake Oswego

Skills: BA Economics, MBA Wharton School Finance and Management. 40 years experience in the financial field as an analyst , controller, treasurer and investor. 8 years city council. Believe and act on the belief that a good deal is where everyone gets something, but no one gets everything.

3 things I will do if I win:

Icon: Oregon, with a dollar sign, over a backdrop of a chart going up and down1. As Treasurer of Oregon, I will not just count the money, I will make the money count.

Icon: 2 dollar signs balancing on a see-saw, with the label Budget beneath2. Oregon requires a balanced budget. In the time of coronavirus, Oregon needs a experienced hand at the financial ship of state. Not someone using the position as a stepping stone to higher office.

Icon: continuous flow with images of a graduation cap with an arrow pointing to a person and a dollar sign followed by another arrow pointing to the state of Oregon3. The linkage between education for all Oregonians and the success of the state is clear and must be supported.