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Statesman Journal mini-questionnaire for 2014 Primary Election - Schrader, Kurt

Statesman Journal mini-questionnaire for 2014 Primary Election - Schrader, Kurt

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Statesman Journal mini-questionnaire for 2014 Primary Election - Schrader, Kurt
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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: Kurt Schrader Age: 62(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): DemocratPosition you are seeking (name of position, district number, political party if applicable): United States House of Representatives, Oregon district 5Number of years living in the area you seek to represent: 35Are you a full-time resident of that area?Yes, except when in Washington DC on legislative businessCity/town of residence: Canby
 
Family (name of spouse/partner, number and ages of children if at home, number of grown children):5 grown childrenYour education (high school, trade, college, post-baccalaureate; indicate degrees earned):Cornell University, BA; University of Illinois, BS, Doctor of Veterinary MedicineIf employed, current occupation, employer and job duties: United States CongressmanPrevious employers and when: Veterinarian and Farmer for 35 years.Military service and when:Volunteer/civic/religious service and when: Canby Chamber of Commerce, Clackamas Children’s CenterPlease list all public offices to which you’ve been elected, and when:State Representative, 1996-2002; State Senate 2002-2008, US House of Representatives 2008-presentPlease list any unsuccessful candidacies for public office, and when:1994 State RepresentativeOther prior political and government experience:Canby Planning Commission, Blue Heron Recreation DistrictHow the public can reach your campaign (remember that this information may be made public): Mail address: PO Box 3314, Oregon City, OR 97045 E-mail address: campaign@kurtschrader.com Web site URL: www.kurtschrader.com Phone:503-723-6147
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? 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
st
 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.

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