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Kevin Cameron, Candidate for Position 1 Marion County Board of

Commissioners
Statesman Journal mini-questionnaire for 2014 General Election
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'our name as isted on the (aotA Kevin Cameron
?geA 9@ years
.+f your age "i #hange (efore $ov. :-, pease indi#ate your (irthday. *e
"ant to ensure "e use a##urate ages in pre; and post;ee#tion editorias and
ne"s #overage./
City)to"n of residen#eA Saem, Marion County, Bregon
Poiti#a party.ies/, if this is a partisan oCi#eA Depu(i#an
Position you are seeking .name of position, distri#t num(er, et#./A Position
1, Marion County Board of Commissioners
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Kevin Cameron, Candidate for Position 1 Marion County Board of
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?re you #urrenty a fu;time resident of the distri#t you seek you represent7
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$um(er of #urrent, #onse#utive years iving in the distri#t you seek to
representA
1= years in Marion County and 1- years in *est Saem
Eamiy .name of spouse)partner, num(er and ages of #hidren if at home or
num(er of gro"n #hidren/A
*ife of :, yearsA Judy .*aa#e/ Cameron5 t"o adut daughters
'our edu#ation .high s#hoo, trade, #oege, post;(a##aaureate5 indi#ate
degrees you earned/A
BS from BSF in marketing
+f empoyed, #urrent o##upation, empoyer and Go( dutiesA
Co;Eounder)C!B Cafe Today Destaurants5 Marion County
Commissioner
Previous empoyers and "henA
Some Earm and ?gri#uture eary "ork history5 have hed many
positions "ithin the hospitaity industry starting at 1= years od,
in#uding Hip4s +ndustries here in Saem. Judy and + started CafI
Today in 1<<9.
Miitary servi#e and "henA
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Hounteer)#ivi#)reigious servi#e and "henA
?umni Board Mem(er of Bregon State Fniversity ?umni Eoundation
,--=;,-1,5 Morning Star Community Chur#h, Board Mem(er 1<<,;
,-1,5 Eormer Chairman of the Board, Bregon Destaurant ?sso#iation5
Coa#hed Jitte Jeague Soft(a5 Cor(an Fniversity Jeadership and
Poiti#a !ngagement ?dvisory Committee. Provide eadership and
0nan#ia support for many #ommunity organiKations over the years,
in#uding Saem Jeadership Eoundation, &reater Saem 'oung Jife,
Saem ?rea Cham(er of Commer#e5 S!8CBD5 Deid Saunders and
Saem Diverfest ,-->, Cor(an Fniversity, Saem City Cu(, Marion
Pok food share sustainer, SBJH, Ji(erty 2ouse, Fnion &ospe Mission,
Saem KeiKer !du#ation Eoundation, Eamiy Buiding Bo#ks
Pease ist a pu(i# oCi#es to "hi#h you4ve (een ee#ted, and "henA
State Depresentative 28 1<, appointed Ee( ,--9, ee#ted in ,--=, re;
ee#ted in ,--@, ,-1- and ,-1,.
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Kevin Cameron, Candidate for Position 1 Marion County Board of
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Marion County Commissioner, position 1, appointed May ,-, ,-1%
Pease ist any unsu##essfu #andida#ies for pu(i# oCi#e, and "henA
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Bther prior poiti#a and government e3perien#eA
,--9A 2ouse Committee on &enera &overnment5 ,--9 2ouse
Committee on 2eath and 2uman Servi#es5 ,--> 2ouse *ays and
Means Pu(i# Safety Su(#ommittee5 ,-->;11 2ouse Committee on
Business and Ja(or, Hi#e #hair and 2ouse Judi#iary Committee5
?ttorney &enera4s Fnderage 8rinking Task Eor#e and #ontinuing on
the &overnor4s Coun#i on De;entry. ,-11; 1:A Committee on &enera
&overnment L Consumer Prote#tion Committee and Jegisative
?dministration Committee. ,-1:;1% 2ouse CommitteesA
Transportation and !#onomi# 8eveopment, Dura Communities Hi#e;
Chair, Judi#iary.
,-1%A ?urora ?irport Management ?dvisory Committee5 Eedera
Jakes De#reation Committee for 8etroit Jake5 Eren#h Prairie *ork
&roup5 Jo( &ro"ers, +n#. !3e#utive Committee, Marion County
!#onomi# 8eveopment ?dvisory Board5 Mid;*iamette Haey
Community 8eveopment Partnership5 Mid;*iamette Haey Degiona
Soutions ?dvisory Committee5 S!8CBD Board of 8ire#tors and
!3e#utive Coun#i
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Pease imit your response to ea#h of the foo"ing questions to a(out >9
"ords.
1. To an outsider, ho" "oud you des#ri(e the region you "ish to represent
;; geographi#ay, e#onomi#ay, poiti#ay and so#iay7
Marion County is the M1 agri#utura produ#ing #ounty in Bregon.
Bur argest #ity ; Saem, is the State Capito and the seat of our
#ounty government. Bur geography is diverse, "ith the No"ing
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"aters of the Santiam Diver (ordering the south, and the *iamette
our "estern (order. The ?urora airport is a e#onomi# diamond in the
rough on our north (oarder, and the eastern side ends in a
e#onomi#ay depressed, (ut natura resour#e ri#h Santiam Canyon
#ities of +danha and 8etroit. *e have one of the highest poverty rates
in the state and our median in#ome ag (ehind, (ut there is potentia
to get more peope to "ork in higher paying Go(s.
,. *hat are the positives and negatives of this region .distri#t, #ounty or
state/ that you "ish to represent7
The positives are a sta(e e#onomi# #ore of agri#uture and
governments. *e have some of the ri#hest farmand in the "ord, and
many s#eni# areas that are great for tourism and re#reation. *e aso
have t"o regiona airports that are potentia assets for #orporate
#ients, o#ated in the *iamette Haey and in the southern Portand
market. There are severa very good manufa#turing #ompanies in
Marion County, (ut "e are #haenged to 0nd the "orkfor#e needed to
sustain the gro"th potentia.
+ think our #ommunity has great o#a eadership and #oa(orates "e
in taking on #haenges. Cham(ers, o#a governments, and (usiness
eaders #ome together to make our #ommunities (etter in spe#i0#
areas, (ut "e sti have more "ork to (e done to get the State and
Eedera governments to understand and ao" sustaina(e e#onomi#
a#tivity to take pa#e using our rene"a(e natura resour#es.
? negative is the ina(iity to make #ommon sense and use de#isions
to ao" industria gro"th in areas ike *ood(urn and natura
resour#es that in many #ases are o#ked up to any
sustaina(e use. + aso (eieve a a#k of understanding of ong;term
vision at the state government eve to (e Ne3i(e "ith some of our
state o"ned ands .Mi Creek/ for private se#tor deveopment that
hinder our a(iity to move for"ard. *e need to hep peope "ho "ant
to invest in our #ommunity get through or remove the red tape. This
"i give our #itiKens more opportunity to raise their standard of iving
and de#rease our poverty eve.
:. *hat spe#i0# skis and e3perien#es do you (ring to the position that
"oud hep turn those negatives into positives7
+ (ring years of vaua(e (usiness e3perien#e, eadership,
entrepreneurship and an understanding of state government from my
servi#e in the egisature that #an hep fa#iitate our eaders o(tain
#ommon sense soutions. + have an a(iity to isten and see situations
from others point of vie". This heps to (ring a(out more "in)"in
situations. My (usiness and rea "ord (a#kground heps me to
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understand the intera#tion of (udget de#isions for short;term and
ong;term out#omes. + have deveoped good reationships "ith
individuas and departments in o#a, state, and federa government
that "i hep us (reak do"n the sios often found in government
organiKations.
%. *hat separates you from your opponent.s/7 Be spe#i0#.
The depth of e3perien#e and num(er of reationships + have from
"orking in (usiness and government organiKations, nationa, regiona,
and o#a is a (ig diCeren#e. *orking for others and starting our o"n
(usiness amost ,- years ago, hiring, training, and engaging hundreds
of empoyees has heped me fa#e and over#ome many #haenges. +
have an understanding that most #hanges start "ith an interna ook
at me and that the #haenges "e fa#e as a #ommunity "i ony (e
met (y a of us doing our part. Jistening, understanding, e3paining
the vision of "hat "e need to do is a ski that + have (e#ome (etter at
doing over the years. Peope must kno" that you #are (efore they
#are a(out "hat you kno". Dea#hing out and (eing avaia(e to
others to serve their needs is a strength.
9. Pease ist 0ve spe#i0# a##ompishments that you have a#hieved in
poiti#s or #ivi# aCairsA
1. !e#ted % times to the position of state representative
,. Passed re;entry egisation, "orking "ith our o#a oCi#ias and a
(i;partisan group to hep redu#e re#idivism in Marion County
from :%O to 1%O
:. Served as a (oard mem(er at Morning Star Community Chur#h
for ,- years
%. De#eived PDestaurateur of the 'earQ (y the Bregon Destaurant
?sso#iation
9. Sponsored and passed egisation that ena(ed the state of
Bregon to (ring (a#k $C?? (asket(a Mar#h Madness
>. 2o" mu#h "i your &enera !e#tion #ampaign #ost .(e spe#i0#/7
Sin#e the Primary "e have spent a(out R1>,--- and pan on spending
a tota (udget of R:-,---;R:9,--- for the genera ee#tion #y#e.
@. 2ave you ever (een #onvi#ted of a #rime, (een dis#ipined (y a
professiona i#ensing (oard)organiKation or had an ethi#s vioation 0ed
against you7 +f so, pease give the detais.
$o. + had an opponent "ho 0ed an ethi#s and ee#tion #ompaint
against me in my ,--= #ampaign, (ut (oth "ere found to have no
(asis.
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<. 2ave you ever 0ed for (ankrupt#y, (een deinquent on your ta3es or
other maGor a##ounts, or (een sued personay or professionay7 +f so,
pease give the detais.
+ have not had any persona deinquen#ies. ? Jimited Jia(iity
Company + am a mem(er of, that o"ns property in *ashington paid
property ta3es ate due to a misunderstanding "ith the tenant. ?
ta3es, persona and professiona are #urrent.
1-. *hat are the three most important issues you "oud address if ee#ted,
and ho"7 .>9 "ords for ea#h issue/
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Pu(i# safety. + (eieve that Psafety 0rst and astQ is a #ore
responsi(iity of government, espe#iay at the #ounty and o#a eves.
Marion County ao#ates a(out >@O of its genera fund (udget to our
Pu(i# Safety PsystemQ today. + "i #ontinue to put these departments
and eaders that make up this system as my top priority. + have (een a
part of a team that over the years has strengthened State and Marion
County De;entry pro#esses. + served on the 2ouse Judi#iary
Committee and heped to prote#t and strengthen a"s that hep keep
our #itiKens safe. + "i #ontinue to pa#e our #ommunity safety as my
top priority.
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Doads and pu(i# infrastru#ture S ?s the num(er one agri#uture
produ#ing #ounty, "e must have farm to market transportation
systems that ao" our (usinesses to (e #ompetitive in the "ord. +
"i "ork to hep prioritiKe the 1,,-- mies of roads .:-- of "hi#h are
grave/ that our #ounty is responsi(e for maintaining. + have met "ith
and "i #ontinue to (e edu#ated on ho" our pu(i# "orks #urrenty
(aan#es these priorities and "ork "ith our team to do the (est "ithin
e3isting resour#es. ?s part of the team + "i #ontinue to edu#ate the
#itiKens a(out "hat our #ounty government does to use their ta3
doars in an eCi#ient "ay, (ut aso edu#ate and en#ourage our state
and federa deegation to fu0 their o(igations to fund and support
this important area, espe#iay in the rura areas "e represent.
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!#onomi# deveopment S sin#e (eing appointed to the Board in June
,-1%, + have asked for and re#eived the assignments and
responsi(iities that the Board has in the area of e#onomi#
deveopment. + #urrenty serve on the S!8CBD (oard and e3e#utive
#ommittee, Jo( &ro"ers, !#onomi# 8eveopment ?dvisory Board .as a
visitor/, ?urora ?irport P??M, 8etroit Jake ?rea Business
?sso#iation, and others. My goa in this area is to isten and fa#iitate
the tasks that eaders see Marion County #an do (etter to ao"
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private se#tor investment in our #ommunity. Bne of the most diCi#ut
issues fa#ing us today is our poory prepared "orkfor#e. Many
(usinesses have Go( openings, (ut #annot 0nd the individuas quai0ed
and "ho pass drug testing. The soution to this #haenge is not
simpe, (ut #an (e a#hieved over a onger period "ith every
stakehoder ooking at it together. These stakehoders in#ude
parents, s#hoos tea#hers)administrators, empoyers, mentors at a
eves, state resour#es, (usiness organiKations su#h as #ham(ers,
S!8CBD and asso#iations. *e must meet this #haenge or our
e#onomy "i ag (ehind its fu potentia.
11. *hat do you see as other important issues7
Bther important issues S "e must maintain our re#reationa
opportunities and the areas that "e have a #ome to enGoy. + see an
opportunity to (reak do"n sios in areas su#h as park maintenan#e.
Eedera .BJM/, State, and #ounty parks in the same #anyon, a (eing
supervised ) maintained (y diCerent peope doesn4t make good use of
ta3 payer doars. *e must #ontinue to push and (reak do"n (arriers
that are put up to prote#t territory and earn to "ork together
regardess of the pat#h on our shouder or pin on the ape.
1,. ?ny skeetons in your #oset or other potentiay em(arrassing
information that you shoud dis#ose (efore it #omes up in the #ampaign7
?nything .in#uding heath issues/ that "oud aCe#t your a(iity to serve
your fu term7 ?ny #hanges in your ife situation that are #ontempated or
e3pe#ted (efore the ee#tion or (efore you "oud take oCi#e7
'ou kno" my skeetons... they are a out. + have (een "orking this
past summer on taking (etter #are of mysef through e3er#ise and
diet. This is an area that #ontinues ongoing a##ounta(iity for me. ?
good read S 'BF$&!D $!TT '!?D S thank you John MierU
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