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House District 25: Jim Dyer Candidate Questionnaire

House District 25: Jim Dyer Candidate Questionnaire

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Statesman Journal mini-questionnaire for Nov. 2, 2010, General Election
Thank you for responding to this questionnaire, which is for use by Statesman JournalEditorial Board members in evaluating candidates for potential endorsements. Youranswers also will be shared with reporters, may be published in the print newspaper andwill be posted on StatesmanJournal.com.Name: Jim DyerHouse/Senate District Number: House District 25Party affiliation: DemocratAge: 76City/town of residence: KeizerNumber of years you have lived in the district: 38 yearsAre you a full-time resident of the district? YesFamily (name of spouse/partner, number and ages of children if at home, number of grown children):Pat (wife) 4 (1and granddaughter at home)Current employer/job:RetiredEmployment, military and volunteer history: Retired after 31 years with State of Oregon(1960-1991). Past President and Board member Oregon State Employees Association(now SEIU) ; Oregon Employees Federal Credit Union;(1969-1999); Board memberCatholic Community Services (200-2005); Currently Board member and Past PresidentSalem Electric Cooperative.Civic/religious/other local involvement: Lifelong Methodist; See above for localinvolvement. Received Keizer Chamber of Commerce award “in recognition of yourmany charitable contributions and tireless efforts to make our community a better placefor all.”Please list all public offices to which you’ve been elected, and when:NonePlease list any unsuccessful candidacies for public office, and when:
 
NoneOther political and government experience:NoneHow the public can reach your campaign (remember that this information will be public):Mail address: P.O Box 20298, Keizer, 97307E-mail address: jimmyd_@msn.comWeb site URL: friendsofjimdyer.comPhone: 503-779-8718How much will your general election campaign cost? (Please be specific about yourcampaign budget, not “as much as we can raise.”) $3,000Who are your top campaign contributors/lenders? (Please list at least the current top fiveand their total dollar amounts.) UCFW- $1,000; OEA -$750; SEIU-$250; SEA- $250.Who are your key political advisers? (Please identify at least your top three.)Future PAC, Jeff AndersonKey endorsements you’ve received: AFSCME; Oregon Education Association; SEIU;UCFW; Marion County Democrats. On ballot for Working Families Party
For each of the following questions, please limit your answer to about 75 words.
1. Have you ever been convicted of a crime, been disciplined by a professional licensingboard/organization or had an ethics violation filed against you? If so, please give thedetails. No2. Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, been delinquent on your taxes or other majoraccounts, or been sued personally or professionally? If so, please give the details.Bankruptcy 2002. None of others. Small business a partner. Loss forced bankruptcy.3. Describe this legislative district: The district covers Keizer, St. Paul and Newberg.Leans conservative.4. What specific steps will you take to make government more open and accessible to thepublic? 1. Be accessible to my constituents. Then listen to their needs and interests andthen follow through. While “special interests” need to be heard constituents come first.
 
5. Why should people vote for you? What separates you from your opponent(s)?I work well with people who differ political or have different viewpoints. My experiencewith non-profit organizations has taught me to get people over which I do not havefinancial or other control to work together toward a common goal. My background is aworking class person so I can understand their needs.6. What specific steps would you advocate to improve Oregon’s economy and create jobs? Legislation needs to be introduced early in the session with an emergency clause togive tax breaks to small business, industry and agriculture to create living wage jobs. Fasttrack state highway and state building projects that are “shovel ready.”7. What changes, if any, would you advocate in the tax provisions created by Measures66/67? None at this time since both were passed with good margins by a vote of thepeople. There needs to be some time in study to see the impact and then determine whatif any change needs to be and can be made.8. What specific revenue changes, if any, would you advocate to balance the 2011-13budget? This is the 3 to 3 and ½ billion dollar question for the next budget cycle.Oregon’s law requires a balanced budget. These two collide to leave only the option of cuts or increase in taxes or fees. Tax increases would be a loser since any would bereferred to the voters which predictably vote them down in this economy. Since thereappears to be little way to increase revenue then the only alternative is cut expenditureswhich leads to the next question.9. What specific spending reductions, if any, would you advocate to balance the 2011-13budget? All agency budgets must be reviewed to determine where nonessentialexpenditures can be cut. This could be done by the agencies but if not through Secretaryof State audits and legislative review. A slow process but valuable in the long run. Thismight mean layoffs in some agencies but in spite of the pain to individuals it may be thebest way to limit spending. All nonessential programs need to be put on hold oreliminated.10. Which of Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s “resetting government” proposals do you support?Not in any particular order: OSHU needs the access to capital markets to increaserevenue and lessen reliance on the state general fund.; PERS must be limited for newemployees that are not covered by the old contract. Costs of health care and retirementneed to be shared.; State wide collective bargaining for teachers and school employees.(This would also level out the “rich” districts with the “poor”.) Stop picking up the 6%PERS contribution for employees. (open up other sources of retirement investment toemployees.) REFORM the kicker law by creating a constitutionally protected reserve.Fund. This cannot be spent out in good times and dropped in lean years. 9His concernsthat education discussion concentrates on dollars rather than student performance,standards, curriculum and teacher evaluation and performance are vital. The mess of 

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