1. To an outsider, how would you describe the region you wish to represent? What is it like geographically, economically, politically and socially? A microcosm of Oregon and the United States. Diverse in all aspects. Made up of rural, urban, and suburban areas. Low, middle and high income residents, with roughly equal numbers of Democrats, Republicans and Non-Affiliated voters.2. When did you decide to run for this office, and why? In 2008 Representative Darlene Hooley retired. Oregon had some great ideas on energy, healthcare, the budget and the economy that I thought I could bring to Washington, DC.3. How much will your primary campaign cost (please be specific)? Roughly $60,000-80,000.4. Who are your key endorsements from within the Mid-Valley? Oregon Nurses Association, Oregon Farm Bureau, Oregon AFL-CIO, Oregon Education Association.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. No.6. Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, been delinquent on your taxes or other major accounts, or been sued personally or professionally? If so, please give the details.I have had late payments on my personal property taxes.7. Why should people vote for you? What separates you from your opponent(s)? Be specific.I have experience, and have proven I can deliver for the Willamette Valley and the coast. I treat all constituents with respect and dignity.8. Describe your philosophy of governance: I believe you must represent your district, state and county. I believe in creating bi-partisan relationships, respecting all parties, and empowering the regular legislative process. I am a co-chair of No Labels, a group that brings Republicans and Democrats together to solve our nations problems.9. Give an example of a political mistake you made and what you learned from it: I had concerns about the debate of gay marriage. I came to realize that America and Oregon are moving forward and that equal rights for all means everyone. This and immigration are the 21
century civil rights issues.10. What specific steps would you advocate to make government more open and transparent? I work with No Labels to return to “regular order” in the US House, where committees would be open and public input would be respected.