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Oregon House of Representatives, District 23: Jim Thompson

Oregon House of Representatives, District 23: Jim Thompson

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Oregon House of Representatives: Jim Thompson
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Statesman Journal mini-questionnaire for 2014 Primary Election
Thank you for responding to this questionnaire.
Why this matters:
 The Statesman Journal Editorial Board will use this questionnaire in deciding which candidates to endorse at the May 20 Primary Election. The board is doing fewer in-person interviews this spring. Your answers also will be shared with reporters and may be published in the newspaper and/or on our website, StatesmanJournal.com, so the public will see what you submit.We also ask that you respond to every question, instead of simply attaching campaign materials, resumes, etc.Please return the completed questionnaire to the Editorial Board as an email or an attached Word document to Salemed@StatesmanJournal.com. (Handwritten or fax responses don’t work.) Deadline for submitting your questionnaire:
9 a.m. Wednesday, April 16.
Questions? Contact Editorial Page Editor Dick Hughes, 503-399-6727, dhughes@StatesmanJournal.com, or Editorial Assistant Nancy Harrington, 503-589-6944, nharring@StatesmanJournal.com.
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Your name:
Jim Thompson
 Age:
67
(If your age will change before the May 20 primary, please indicate your birthday. We want to make sure we use accurate ages in editorials and news coverage.)Political party (if this is a partisan office):
Republican
Position you are seeking (name of position, district number, political party if applicable):
State Representative, District 23
Number of years living in the area you seek to represent:
49 years
Are you a full-time resident of that area?
Yes
City/town of residence:
Rural Dallas
 
Family (name of spouse/partner, number and ages of children if at home, number of grown children):
Wife, Helga Two grown children, four grandchlidren
Your education (high school, trade, college, post-baccalaureate; indicate degrees earned):
Taft High School, Lincoln City , Oregon College of Education, BS Biology, Oregon State University, Graduate work in Botany and Geology
If employed, current occupation, employer and job duties:
Semi-retired—still do consulting work in allergy and asthma for various companies and medical schools.
Previous employers and when:
Oregon State University, 1969-1978, Bayer Corporation, 1978-2000, Biomedex, Inc, 2000-2005, Oregon State Pharmacy Assn, 2005-2008.
Military service and when:
None
Volunteer/civic/religious service and when:
Monmouth-Independence Chamber of Commerce, 1980’s, Monmouth Independence Youth Sports Sooccer, 1986-1996,
Please list all public offices to which you’ve been elected, and when:
Monmouth City Council,. 1980’s, Polk Co. Fire District #1 Board, 1980’sOregon House of Representatives, 2008-present
Please list any unsuccessful candidacies for public office, and when:Oregon House, 2004Other prior political and government experience:How the public can reach your campaign (remember that this information may be made public): Mail address: 3380 Mistletoe Road Dallas, OR 97338 E-mail address: jim@jimforhouse.com Web site URL: jimforhouse.com Phone: 503-623-2764
 
Please limit your response to each of the following questions to about 75 words.
1. To an outsider, how would you describe the region you wish to represent? What is it like geographically, economically, politically and socially?
Very rural, agricultural parts of S. Yamhill, Polk, Benton, and S. Marion Counties. Economically depressed by lack of timber production. Region is struggling to find a new economy. Growing wine industry starting to define the region.
2. When did you decide to run for this office, and why?
Have been involved in local government for some time and was urged to run for legislature by two former House members.
3. How much will your primary campaign cost (please be specific)?
Unknown at this time—perhaps $80,000
4. Who are your key endorsements from within the Mid-Valley?
Oregon Nurses AssociationTaxpayers Association of OregonCrime Victims UnitedNational Rifle AssociationOregonians for Food and ShelterOregon Family Farm AssociationAssociated Oregon LoggersWillamette Valley VinyardsIllahe WineryEola Hills WineryOregon Farm Bureau FederationOregon Seed CouncilOregon State Police Officers AssociationAssociation of Oregon Corrections EmployeesAssociated Oregon IndustriesOregon Small Business AssociationOregon Restaurant and Lodging AssociationOregon Society of Health System PharmaciesOregon State Pharmacy AssociationAFSCMEOregon State Fire Fighters AssociationOregon Chiropractic AssociationAssociation of Naturopathic Physicians
5. Have you ever been convicted of a crime, been disciplined by a professional licensing board/organization or had an ethics violation filed against you? If so, please give the details.
I am dull and boring—no issues here
.6. Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, been delinquent on your taxes or other major accounts, or

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