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My knowledge and strengths will help improve the following issues in House District 32:

Timber & Forest Policy

Many sawmills have closed throughout Oregon due to policy changes and seemingly endless litigation surrounding what are arguably already some of the healthiest, most productive and most sustainably managed forest in the world. Our forests are being managed in an environmentally responsible manner. If we curtail the harvest of our timber, we would be forced to purchase logs from countries that don’t have the same level of environmental protections that we do.  READ MORE…

Economic Development Challenges

Clatsop, Tillamook and Western Washington counties have long depended on traditional Oregon industries of forestry, logging, farming and commercial fisheries to sustain economic vitality and livelihoods. However, over the past two decades or more, logging and commercial fishing have declined amid federal regulations and global market forces. At the same time, other industries have sustained substantial growth, including forest products, food processing, healthcare and tourism. READ MORE…

Rural Airports – Important for Economic Development

Recently the Oregon Department of Aviation (ODA) Board approved the Critical Oregon Airport Relief Program (COAR) grant requests. There was a total of $6 Million in requests – including the Astoria Regional Airport.  There were three Oregon airport categories applying for the $2 million that was available. Category two and three airports did not receive any grant funding.  Even within the category one airports, there was not enough grant funds available to meet all of their needs. READ MORE…

Protecting Oregon’s Coastal Waters – Off Shore Drilling

The Trump administration has plans that would open up 90 percent of the country’s outer continental shelf to oil and gas leasing, including an area off the coast of Oregon and Washington.  READ MORE…