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StatesmanJournalminiquestionnairefor2016PrimaryElection

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Yournameaslistedontheballot:
Age:39untilMay25th!
(IfyouragewillchangebeforeMay31,pleaseindicateyourbirthday.Wewanttoensureweuse
accurateagesinpreandpostelectioneditorialsandnewscoverage.)
City/townofresidence:Dallas
Politicalparty,ifthisisapartisanoffice:Republican
Positionyouareseeking(nameofposition,districtnumber,etc.):StateRepresentativeHouse
District23

Areyoucurrentlyafulltimeresidentwithintheboundariesofthespecificarea(ward,district,
county,etc.)thatyouseektorepresent?
Yes
Numberofcurrent,consecutiveyearslivingwithinthedistrictyouseektorepresent:11
Family(nameofspouse/partner,numberandagesofchildrenifathomeornumberofgrown
children):Ray(husband),MaryAnn(age10),Dane(age8)
Youreducation(highschool,trade,college,postbaccalaureate;indicateanydegreesyou
earned):DullesHighSchool(SugarLand,TX),ArtInstituteofHouston:AAin
Multimedia/Design,CorbanUniversity:BSPsychology/FamilyStudies
Ifemployed,currentoccupation,employerandjobduties:FounderandDirectorofBambinos,
(Bambinos,Oregon).Wereanonprofit,servinglowincomefamiliesinPolkCountywith
diapers,formula,crisisintervention,extracurricularscholarshipsandmentoring.Weserve100%
withvolunteersandprivatedonations.Wehavehelpedover1000childreninPolkCountysince
2008.
Previousemployersandwhen:LimitedBrandsmanagement,Houston,TX,20002004
Militaryserviceandwhen:MyhusbandhasbeenservingfulltimeintheOregonArmyNational
Guardsince2009.HeiscurrentlyanAGRofficerintheEngineerBattalion.Heservedin
Afghanistanin2011.IservedasaFamilyReadinessGroupLeaderin2011/12during/afterhis
Afghanistandeploymentand2014/15duringmyhiscommandof162ENCO.Mydadand
brotherarealsoretiredmilitaryveterans.
Volunteer/civic/religiousserviceandwhen:
ValleyBaptistinPerrydale:20042011
Bambinos:2008present
DallasCityCouncil:20112014
GracePreschoolandKindergartenvolunteer:20092012
GraceCommunityChurchinDallas:2011present
PolkCountyCommissionforChildrenandFamiliesBoardMember:2011/12
OregonArmyNationalGuardFamilyReadinessGroupLeader:2011/12,2014/15
Freedomfest,4thofJulycelebrationinDallas,cofounder,2013present
FaithChristianSchoolvolunteer:2012present
DallasAreaChamberofCommercePublicPolicyCommittee:2015present

Pleaselistallpublicofficestowhichyouvebeenelected,andwhen:DallasCityCouncil,2011
2014
Pleaselistanyunsuccessfulcandidaciesforpublicoffice,andwhen:IwasnominatedintheIPO
primarytorunasaRepublicancandidateinthe2014generalelection,butdecidedtowaituntil
the2016Republicanprimary(thereisaStatesmanJournalarticleaboutthis)
Otherpriorpoliticalandgovernmentexperience:
DallasCityCouncil:20112014,includingthefollowingcommittees:Budget,Economic
Development,PublicSafety,PublicWorks,Administration,BuildingandGrounds,Urban
Renewal
PolkCountyCommissionforChildrenandFamiliesBoardMember:2011/12
OregonArmyNationalGuardFamilyReadinessGroupLeader:2011/12,2014/15
DallasAreaChamberofCommercePublicPolicyCommittee:2015present

IfyouarerunningforapositionthatinvolvesagoverningboardinOregonsuchascity
council,countyboardofcommissioners,LegislatureorStateLandBoardhowmanymeetings
ofthatboardhaveyouattendedinpersonduring2015and2016?Howmanyhaveyouwatched
onlineoronTV,ifapplicable?
IhavevolunteeredformySenatorduringthe2015and2016sessions.Ihaveexperience
answeringconstituentemails,phonecalls,andbasicofficefunctions.Ireadasmuchaspossible
aboutcurrentstateissues,andIattendeda2016publichearinginsupportofVeteransreceiving
dedicatedlotteryfunds.Iwatchsomefloorsessions(especiallyminimumwage)andcommittee
sessionsremotely.IwasalsoaguestspeakerattheCapitols2015MilitaryFamilyAppreciation
Day.
Howthepubliccanreachyourcampaign(rememberthatthisinformationwillbemadepublic):
Mailaddress:POBox553Dallas,OR97338
Emailaddress:Contact@BethJonesHD23.com

WebsiteURL:www.BethJonesHD23.com
Phone:5035086043
Facebook:BethJonesforOregonHD23
Othersocialmedia:
Pleaselimityourresponsetoeachofthefollowingquestionstoabout75words.
1.Toanoutsider,howwouldyoudescribetheregionyouwishtorepresentgeographically,
economically,politicallyandsocially?
HouseDistrict23isabeautiful,ruraldistrictlocatedbetweenSalemandthecoast.Manypeople
inourdistrictcommutetootherareasforwork.(Salem,McMinnville,Corvallis)Our
economyhassufferedwiththedeclineofharvestingtimber,butourfuturelooksbright.Building
permitsandindustryareontheupswingonceagain.Weareapredominantlyagricultural,
conservativedistrictwithtraditionalfamilyvalues.

2.Whatarethepositivesandnegativesofthisregion(ward,district,countyorstate)thatyou
wishtorepresent?
Positives:Naturalbeauty,strongsenseofcommunity,wineries,lowcrime
Negatives:DistancefromI5isnotconducivetolargeindustries,declineoftimberindustry,
infrastructureinneedofrepair
3.Whatspecificskillsandexperiencesdoyoubringtotheposition,especiallyonesthatwould
helpturnthosenegativesintopositives?
Ihavebeentaughtoverthepastdecade(fromothercommunityleaders)howtoworkwitha
varietyofpeopletogetthingsdoneforthebetterofourcommunity,despitepartyaffiliations.
Beingonaninemembercitycounciltaughtmetheimportanceandvalueofgroupproblem
solving.ServingontheEconomicDevelopmentCommitteeandChamberPublicPolicy
Committeetaughtmetheimportanceofsmallbusinessestooureconomy.Iammoreconcerned
withsolutionsthanIamwithpartisanpolitics.Therewillalwaysbeareasofdisagreement,butI
choosetoseekareasofagreementandcooperation.
4.Whatseparatesyoufromyouropponent(s)?Bespecific.
Mycommitmenttobeingaservantleaderinourcommunitysetsmeapartfrommyopponent.I
alsohaveyearsofexperiencewithpovertyandourwelfaresystem.ThenonprofitIbeganin

2008hasservedover1000lowincomePolkCountychildrenthroughvolunteerismandprivate
donations.IamanArmywifewithapassionforservingourveteransandmilitaryfamilies.
WhenIseeaneed,Irollupmysleevesandgettowork.Ihaveabackgroundofcollaborating
withotherstoproblemsolve.
5.Pleaselistfivespecificaccomplishmentsthatyouhaveachievedinpoliticsorcivicaffairs:
1.)Founderofanonprofitthathasservedover1000PolkCountychildren,andcontinuesto
thriveoffprivatedonationsandvolunteersonly2.)CofounderofFreedomfest4thofJuly
celebrationinDallas3.)IorganizedtheefforttopresenttheneedforaPolkCountyVeteran
ServicesOfficer(VSO)tothelocalveteransandcountycommissionerswearenowbudgeted
toserveourveteransinthiswaybeginninginJanuary2017!4.)In2014Iwasawardedthe
GoodSamaritanAwardbytheDallasAreaChamberofCommerce5.)In2010Iwasawarded
the20Under40AwardbytheStatesmanJournal6.)Iwasthefourthfemalecitycouncilor
electedinthehistoryofDallas7.)Iamproudtoraisethenextgenerationofpublicservants;in
everythingIdo,andineverywayIserve,mychildrenarewithme,learningtoloveandserve
others
6.HowmuchwillyourPrimaryElectioncampaigncost?(bespecific)
Iamveryproudtosayitwillcostlessthan$5000.Ihavebeendoorknockinginall7citiesin
mydistrictsinceSeptember2015.Ihavemanyfriendsandfamilywhohavecontributedtheir
timetomakemycampaignasuccess!Mygoalistowintheprimarywithlessthan$1spentper
vote.IamfiscallyconservativeinALLareasofmylifeandwork!(andmycampaignaccount
hasneverbeeninthenegatives,Ispendwithinmymeans)
7.Haveyoueverbeenconvictedofacrime,beendisciplinedbyaprofessionallicensing
board/organizationorhadanethicsviolationfiledagainstyou?Ifso,pleasegivethedetails.No
8.Haveyoueverfiledforbankruptcy,beendelinquentonyourtaxesorothermajoraccounts,or
beensuedpersonallyorprofessionally?Ifso,pleasegivethedetails.No
9.Whatarethethreemostimportantissuesyouwouldaddressifelected,andhow?(75words
foreachissue)
A. EconomicDevelopment:Iwouldbelookingforlegislationthatlessenstheregulationsand
burdensonbusinesses.Weneedbusinessestogrowandthriveinordertocreatemore
employmentopportunities.Ialsobelieveasolidinfrastructureisanecessarypartto
economicdevelopment.Passingatransportationpackageshouldbeapriorityin2017.Its
goingtobeachallenge,andwillrequirecooperationfrombothparties.
B. Education:Oregonsgraduationrateisanembarrassmenttothestate.Wehavetoworkwith
lawmakersandeducatorstofigureouthowtogetfundsmovingfromthetopofthe

educationstructuretotheclassrooms.Weneedsmallerclasssizesandmoreschooldays.
WeneedtospendlesstimeteachingtotheSmarterBalancedassessment,andmoretime
allowingteacherstobecreativewiththeircurriculum.Weneedtoencourageschooldistricts
andlocalindustriestopartnerinprovidingjobskillsandtrainingtohighschoolers.Ifwe
dontgetthesekidsexcitedaboutlearning,andtheirfutureemploymentopportunities,well
continuetoseelowgraduationrates.
C. TransparencyandAccountability:Iknowalotofstateworkers,inavarietyofdepartments.
Oneofmyfavoritequestionstoaskthemis,doyouseewasteandabuseoftaxpayermoney
inyourdepartment?Ihaveneverhadanyonesayno.Theyallseeit.Weneedstrong
whistleblowerprotectionsandmaybeevenincentivestoreportingwasteandabuseoffunds.
Nooneknowsbetterthantheemployeesworkinginitdayafterday.
10.Whatdoyouseeasotherimportantissues?
DHS/fostercare,parentalrightsinhealthcare,homelessness,housing,veteranandmilitary
familysupportifmyconstituentsbelieveanissueisimportant,itsmydutytoviewitas
importantalso

11.Whatonlineand/orprintpublicationsdoyouregularlyreadtokeepabreastofissuesinthe
districtyouseektorepresent?
ItemizerObserver,StatesmanJournal,Oregonian
12.Anyskeletonsinyourclosetorotherpotentiallyembarrassinginformationthatyoushould
disclosebeforeitcomesupinthecampaign?Anything(includinghealthissues)thatwould
affectyourabilitytoserveyourfullterm?Anychangesinyourlifesituationthatare
contemplatedorexpectedbeforetheelectionorbeforeyouwouldtakeoffice?
NoWell,IhaveaNeilDiamondcollectionandthatcouldbeembarrassingifexposed
Thankyou.PleasereturnthisquestionnairetotheEditorialBoardasanattachedWorddocumentto
Salemed@StatesmanJournal.combyApril20,2016.