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primary. We have deleted some data that related only to that election.] Statesman Journal mini-questionnaire for 2012 Primary Election Thank you for responding to this questionnaire, which is for use by Statesman Journal Editorial Board members in evaluating candidates for potential endorsements. Your answers also will be shared with reporters and may be published in the newspaper and/or on our website, StatesmanJournal.com. Remember: Any information you provide may be made public.
Your name: Ellen Rosenblum Age: 61 Political party (if this is a partisan office): Democrat Position you are seeking (name of position, district number): Attorney General Number of years living in the area you seek to represent: 41 Are you a full-time resident of that area? Yes City/town of residence: Portland, Oregon Family (name of spouse/partner, number and ages of children if at home, number of grown children): Husband, Richard Meeker; children, Cate and Will (grown) Education: B.S. University of Oregon, J.D. University of Oregon Current occupation/employer: Retired Oregon Court of Appeals Judge Employment, military and volunteer history:
Hammons, Phillips and Jensen, small law firm in Eugene (1975-79); Assistant U.S.
Attorney (1980-88); Multnomah County District Court Judge (1989-93); Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge (1993-2005); and Oregon Court of Appeals Judge (2005-11). Oregon State Bar Board of Governors (1984-87); OSB Treasurer (1986-87); American Bar Association Board of Governors (1995-98; 2001-05); ABA Secretary (2002-05); founding board member, Oregon Women Lawyers; Girls Scouts Beyond Bars Advisory Board; and numerous other boards and committees at the local and national level. Please list all public offices to which you’ve been elected, and when:
Elected to Multnomah County District Court in 1990 in a contested election, and to the Multnomah County Circuit Court in 1994 and 2000. Elected to Oregon Court of Appeals in 2006 statewide election. Please list any unsuccessful candidacies for public office, and when: None. Other prior political and government experience:
• • • • • Chair, Governor’s Advisory Committee on Corrections Population Forecasting (1999-2005); member of the committee beginning in 1994. Member, Governor’s Task Force on Corrections Planning, 1986-89. Member of two governors’ public safety transition teams — Kitzhaber (1994) and Kulongoski (2002). Portland Police Bureau Citizens Advisory Committee for Cross-Cultural Training. Task Force on Ethics of Interim Senate/House Judiciary Committee of Oregon State Legislature.
How the public can reach your campaign (remember that this information may be published): Mail address: Elect Ellen Rosenblum for Attorney General, 2236 SE 10th, Portland OR 97214 E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site URL: http://www.ellenrosenblum.com Phone: 503-597-8495 Fax: 503-295-0670 Please limit your response to each of the following questions to about 75 words. 1. Why did you decide to run for this office? When this opportunity came along, I saw I could take all I have done and learned over the past 30-plus years as a lawyer in private practice, a federal prosecutor and a state court trial and appellate judge and put it to work for the people of our great state — as Oregon’s first female attorney general. I bring to the table a combination of experience in — and knowledge about —our state that is critical, first, to the well functioning of our largest public law office and, second, to leading the department so that it makes an important difference in the lives of the people of our state. 2. How much will your primary campaign cost? $400,000 3. Key endorsements you have received:
Governor Barbara Roberts, Attorneys General Hardy Myers and Dave Frohnmayer, U.S. Attorneys for Oregon Kris Olson and Charles Turner, Congressman Earl Blumenauer, Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, Mayor Anna Peterson, State Senator Floyd Prozanski, AFSCME Oregon, NARAL PAC, Basic Rights Oregon PAC, EMILY’s List. 4. 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. No. 5. 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. No. 6. Why should people vote for you? What separates you from your opponent(s)? Be specific. The biggest difference between us is experience. Oregon’s Attorney General needs a deep knowledge of state law — coupled with the respect of lawyers throughout the profession — to enforce that body of law effectively and to ensure that our entire state government conducts itself lawfully. I have been a member of the Oregon State Bar since 1975; my opponent joined the bar in 2009. I have dealt with all manner of state legal issues — civil and criminal — in my career; my opponent’s practice has been exclusively federal criminal law. Finally, I have more management experience. 7. What are the three most important issues you would address if elected? How? (75 words
for each issue)
A. More than ever, in these tough economic times we need an Attorney General that looks out for consumers, protecting seniors and middle class families from fraud, scams, and identity theft. I would aggressively investigate complaints and pursue swift justice against those looking to take advantage of Oregonians. We also can do more to warn the public about ripoffs and financial scams so they can better protect themselves. Finally, we need to protect our citizens from unscrupulous mortgage lenders. B. We need to protect young women and children from exploitation and abuse. I want our Attorney General to be a leader in cracking down on the pimps and gangs that sexually traffic teenagers and young women. We must do more to stop child pornographers that cause irreparable damage to their victims. I’ll use my deep experience with child abuse and neglect cases to make sure that at-risk children have someone looking out for them.
C. Restoring closer partnerships with state agencies that protect civil rights and our environment. Attorney General John Kroger has done a good job at raising the profile of the office and making it a more aggressive agency. But at times this has been done in a way that hurt relationships with other state agencies and leaders. As Attorney General, I will keep up that strong advocacy, while also working to effectively coordinate the state agencies that stop workplace and housing discrimination, as well as pollution. In these tight budget times, we need state government working together effectively to make sure tax dollars are spent wisely. 8. What do you see as other important issues? Standing up for women’s health issues and reproductive rights. Helping the Department ensure we are providing better child support services for families in need. Ensuring that our new mediation program for homeowners facing foreclosure is effectively implemented. 9. What magazines, newspapers and Web publications do you regularly read to keep up on the news and developments in your areas of interest? The Oregonian, New York Times, Willamette Week, OPB, ABA Journal, and other professional journals. 10. Any skeletons in your closet or other potentially embarrassing information that you want to disclose before it comes up in the campaign? None.
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