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Deadline for submitting your questionnaire: 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 16.
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Your name: Jim Thompson
(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):
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:
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
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
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:
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’s
Oregon House of Representatives, 2008-present
Please list any unsuccessful candidacies for public office, and when:
Oregon House, 2004
Other 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web site URL: jimforhouse.com
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 Association
Taxpayers Association of Oregon
Crime Victims United
National Rifle Association
Oregonians for Food and Shelter
Oregon Family Farm Association
Associated Oregon Loggers
Willamette Valley Vinyards
Eola Hills Winery
Oregon Farm Bureau Federation
Oregon Seed Council
Oregon State Police Officers Association
Association of Oregon Corrections Employees
Associated Oregon Industries
Oregon Small Business Association
Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association
Oregon Society of Health System Pharmacies
Oregon State Pharmacy Association
Oregon State Fire Fighters Association
Oregon Chiropractic Association
Association 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
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 very customer service oriented—I make every effort to appreciate and serve the
diversity among the 64,000 people in my district. I see the legislature not as a political
playground but as the people’s Board of Directors coming together to solve problems and
move the state forward. I am a conservative but I am not as far right as my opponent.
8. Describe your philosophy of governance:
Once the political battles of the campaigns are over I expect the legislators to come together
and work together as the people’s Board of Directors. We are there to serve the public we
represent I believe the voters have the right to expect us to do that in a mature, cooperative
9. Give an example of a political mistake you made and what you learned from it:
When I was on the city council I got into an ongoing battle with a union that lasted for
months—the outcome was that if we had sat down around a table in the first week we could
have resolved the problem quickly. I am a firm believer that most problems are best solved
by bringing both sides to a big round table and having cogent discussions.
10. What specific steps would you advocate to make government more open and transparent?
For the most part I believe that Oregon government is open and transparent. Every once
in a while someone strays and has to be reminded of our rules and laws but those are the
exceptions. At the same time, the public has to pay attention to what is going on to make
the transparency work.
11. What specific steps would you advocate to make government more fiscally effective?
I am an advocate of zero-based budgeting and the legislative branch really needs an
auditing role to insure that budgets are properly managed.
12. What are the three most important issues you would address if elected, and how? (75 words
for each issue)
A. Healthcare—we are no way near being out of that swamp.
B. Water policy—the whole state is facing a severe water shortage as we grow and we
need to find new mechanisms for storing and routing water.
C. Balance between the economy and the environment—the tension between the two
needs to find balance. Unbridled economic expansion can destroy the environment and too
much environmental overreach can destroy the economy.
13. What do you see as other important issues?
Education—we desperately need to resolve education funding and delivery issues state
wide from kindergarten through universities. We are spending too much money for not
impressive results and much of the has to do with the administrative demands that have
been put on the system.
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, Time
Magazine, New Republic, The Economist, internet news delivery, Fox News, Capitol Daily
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 missed three or four House floor session excused for business of the House—most
often because of a meeting in Portland.
Thank you. Please return this questionnaire to the Editorial Board as an attached Word document to
Salemed@StatesmanJournal.com by 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 16.