Protecting Our Fundamental Rights
I am a proud pro-life, pro-2A, pro-medical freedom, and pro-private property rights conservative. As governor, I will always protect your constitutional right to make personal decisions.
Standing Up for Main Street
From the beginning of the pandemic I have been a loud and consistent advocate for protecting our Main Street small businesses. But if we are going to recover from the devastating lockdowns and regulations, we need a governor with a record of pro-small business policies.
As Mayor of Sandy, I’ve slashed red tape by removing System Development Charges for patio seating at local restaurants and burdensome parking requirements. We’ve increased funding for the Tenant Improvement Program. And when COVID-19 threatened the livelihood of local Main Street business owners, I spearheaded a relief fund to provide aid to several local small businesses, as well as a permanent covered structure grant program to help restaurants expand their capacity.
Shortly after being elected Mayor of Sandy, I learned that our police budget had been left with nearly a $1 million shortfall and was severely understaffed. We not only filled that deficit, but provided our Sandy Police Department with increased funding with a stable funding source that will allow the department to grow along with our community and will pay huge dividends for the department in the years ahead.
The culture of criminality that our state has allowed to fester in Oregon’s big cities must come to an end. We need to back our local law enforcement officers and provide them with proper training and public support. My first step as governor to clean up our streets will be to triple the size of the Oregon State Police and temporarily deploy them and the Oregon National Guard to end the endless violence in the streets of Portland.
It’s telling when our leaders talk about public education but turn to private education options for their own kids. Our public education system needs to be good enough for everyone! Our two daughters attend a local public charter school where they have received a great education.
As governor, I will work to reverse Oregon’s slow decline into educational failure. This starts by restoring choice to Oregon parents. The pandemic taught us that while some students do well in alternative environments such as online school, most depend on schools to deliver full-time, in-person public education. We must offer parents choices in their children’s education and allow their tax dollars to follow their children wherever they go to school—whether that is a traditional public school, online, private, homeschool, or some other educational option.
Our state must return to policies that focus on restoring community livability and safety by moving the homeless off the streets and out of the parks to more sustainable and humane housing.
To begin to turn the tide on homelessness, we need to first help those who want it, even if it’s only getting homeless individuals into a temporary shelter. That means making better use of current shelters, building additional shelters, or even adapting unused buildings as emergency shelters. We also need to do a better job partnering with nonprofits who are often hamstrung by city or county bureaucracy to provide compassionate housing support for those experiencing homelessness.
Second, having more shelter space is meaningless if people don’t know where to go. That’s why we need to develop a system to track available shelter space in real time. Once we have sufficient shelter and a way to track it, then we can take steps to be firm with those who continue to camp on our streets, our parks, and our doorsteps. We can then enforce camping bans and begin cleaning up the public spaces spoiled by the litter and filth that comes along with the camps.
Finally, in the long term we need policies and programs in place to transition people out of homelessness and prevent them from becoming homeless in the first place, like compassionate mental health and addiction services.
While other small communities are stuck paying payroll taxes and receiving inadequate transportation services through TriMet, Sandy has long opted out. I am proud of Sandy’s own world-class transit system, Sandy Area Metro (SAM), and think it’s a great example of how a local community can solve problems if given the freedom to do so.
For decades, Oregon politicians have taken our aging infrastructure for granted. As governor, I will re-prioritize cars as essential transportation and allow for the building of new lanes and bridges to end the disastrous time, money, and environmental waste that is our metro area traffic.
Good forest management is no longer a theory that will pay off eventually, it's an emergency. Wildfires are a statewide crisis. We face a choice: wisely thin our forests or stand by as our communities, recreation areas, and natural resources are devastated. It should not be Oregon policy to let our forests burn.
Even though much of Oregon is federal land, the State of Oregon is capable of doing much more to manage both state and federal lands. Under federal Good Neighbor Authority policy, Oregon can take proactive steps to thin forests before wildfires destroy our communities. The best part is that proper forest management funds itself with revenue off of timber sales, which supports good paying jobs and economic activity in rural Oregon.
The Sandy Way
We do things differently here in Sandy than what we’ve seen in Salem the last 40 years.
As a non-partisan executive, I have experience overseeing law enforcement, infrastructure, economic development, and more. Even through the crisis of the past year, we’ve found ways to get things done that help our working families without destroying our small businesses and standing by idly watching our community fall apart.
In a time when we are seeing poor results from our state, it's encouraging to reflect on what we have accomplished together.
Together, we’ve learned that there is more that unites us than that which divides us, and that there is no challenge too great for us to face as a community working together.
If elected I will work to make the Sandy Way, as we call it, the Oregon Way.