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,, so the public will see what you
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 (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,, or
Editorial Assistant Nancy Harrington, 503-589-6944,
Your name: Xue Lor
Age: 39
(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): Nonpartisan nomination
Position you are seeking (name of position, district number, political party if applicable):
Salem City Council, Ward 6
Number of years living in the area you seek to represent:
9 years
Are you a full-time resident of that area?
City/town of residence:
Family (name of spouse/partner, number and ages of children if at home, number of grown
Wife, Yeng, two boys, 20 14 and two girls, 16 & 6
Your education (high school, trade, college, post-baccalaureate; indicate degrees earned):
Graduated from North Salem High School
Chemeketa Community College
If employed, current occupation, employer and job duties:
Oregon State Penitentiary, Correctional Corporal, 1998- Present
My job is to protect the public by holding offenders accountable for their actions and model
positive behaviors. As a correctional professional, I am responsible for the safety and security of
the staff, volunteers, visitors, inmates and state properties.
Previous employers and when:
Mitsubishi Silicon America, Production inspector, 1994-1998
Military service and when:
Volunteer/civic/religious service and when:
Faith Christian Fellowship Church, Church Elders, 2008-Present
Lo-Pha Society of Oregon, President, 2009-Present
Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO), Board member, 2010-2012
Salem Human Rights and Relations Commission, Commissioner,
Please list all public offices to which you’ve been elected, and when:
Salem Human Rights and Relations Commission, Commissioner,
Please list any unsuccessful candidacies for public office, and when:
Other prior political and government experience:
Salem Human Rights and Relations Commission, Commissioner,
How the public can reach your campaign (remember that this information may be made public):
Mail address: PO Box 12894 Salem, OR 97309
E-mail address:
Web site URL:
Phone: 971-599-3471
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?
East Salem is a beautiful residential and business area. It is close to downtown yet it still feels
like the countryside. We have diverse groups of people, cultures, private and public schools, and
social economic standards. East Salem neighborhood is active in the community and cares about
our streets, sidewalks, bike lanes, parks and the environment.
2. When did you decide to run for this office, and why?
I decided to seek office in November 2103. I am running for the Salem City Council because I
care deeply about serving the common good of my beloved Salem community and my adopted
home country the !nited States of "merica.
Serving on the Council is a #ay for me to give back to this community and country that have
#elcomed me and given me so much. "s someone #ho immigrated to the !nited States then
became a !S citi$en I believe in the "merican %ream. I also believe there is a need for someone
like me on the City Council #ho understands firsthand the aspirations and struggles of the
immigrant life and of all those from the four corners of this globe #ho come to Salem for #ork
or study.
3. How much will your primary campaign cost (please be specific)?
4. Who are your key endorsements from within the Mid-Valley?
"ssociation &f Correctional 'mployees ("&C')
Salem !nited *"C
+ichael S#aim ,ormer City +ayor
-evi .errera/-ope$ -atino "merican community advocate
Crispin (Cris) &go +icronesian "merican community advocate
*ao 0iong "sian "merican community advocate
1ennie 2o#s "frican "merican community advocate
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.
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.
7. Why should people vote for you? What separates you from your opponent(s)? Be specific.
I am sincere and I care about this community. From the beginning I have made a decision not to
take money from special interest groups because I do not want to be polarized. I am not running
for City Council with a preconceived agenda to accomplish. I am not a politician or a salesman,
just a regular citizen who appreciates what this community has done for my family and care to
make a difference for the community.
8. Describe your philosophy of governance:
+y philosophy of governance is to devote to democratic values respect for the rules of la# and
fundamental human rights including rights to education social and political participations right
to employment and progress through economic advancement.
9. Give an example of a political mistake you made and what you learned from it:
10. What specific steps would you advocate to make government more open and transparent?
3 .old open forum meetings that engages the community
3 'liminate unnecessary spending
3 +ake city government pro/active instead of re/active
3 4evie# city policies and bring them up to date
11. What specific steps would you advocate to make government more fiscally effective?
I feel that if city government expects its citizens to pay their bills and be financially responsible
then city government should too. City government should be very cautious about injecting
taxpayer dollars to businesses that do not have long-term commitments to the city.
12. What are the three most important issues you would address if elected, and how? (75 words
for each issue)
A. +ake government more responsive and transparent
5here should not be any back door deals #ithout public hearings.
B. .ear ideas from diverse groups and cultures
City government should be open and inviting to hear ideas from local universities,
diversity leaders, businesses, and non-profits to plan for the future.
C. Create a sustainable community #ith focus on citi$ens
When citizens are engaged, educated, protected, and feel that their voices and concerns
are being heard, the community will thrive.
13. What do you see as other important issues?
1. A new police building to better serve the community
2. The old State Hospital on Center Street
3. Provide more recreational opportunities for kids and seniors (parks, aquatic center and etc.)
14. What magazines, newspapers and Web publications do you regularly read to keep up on the
news, especially on issues related to the office you are seeking?
Statesman Journal, Salem Weekly, Willamette Week and Oregonian.
15. Any skeletons in your closet or other potentially embarrassing information that you want to
disclose before it comes up in the campaign?
16. If you are running for a governing board in Oregon (such as city council, county board of
commissioners or the Legislature), how many meetings of that board have you attended in
person during 2013 and 2014? How many have you watched online or on TV, if applicable?
I have attended 11 city council meeting and watched 6 sessions online.

Thank you. Please return this questionnaire to the Editorial Board as an attached Word document to by 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 16.

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