Oregon State House District 15
Laurent ran in the 2010 election for Oregon State House District 15. Laurent was defeated by Republican incumbent Andy Olson in the general election on November 2, 2010. Laurent was unopposed in the Democratic primary election on June 8, 2010.
Laurent's campaign website lists several main issues:
- Economy: "Oregon has lost too many well-paying jobs over the past few decades, and we must work together to find jobs that not only pay livable wages but also provide high worker satisfaction."
- Education: "The key to a healthy economy and fulfilled individuals is a great public education system, from pre-school to post-graduate. Oregon has good schools but an inadequate way of funding them. In order to be great, funding needs to be stabilized, educational delivery needs to evolve with the times, and expected outcomes must be clear and enforceable."
- Healthcare: "Under the current rate of health care cost increases, the average annual cost of health care will equal the average family income by the year 2025... The rate of medically-related bankruptcies in 1981 was 8%; today it is 68% - and 78% of those filing for bankruptcy had medical insurance! This can’t be the sort of health care “system” that anyone would want, and I’ll work to change it."
- Sustainability: "Oregon stands out because of its beautiful, diverse landscapes and its rich natural resources. Economic development and environmental protection are not incompatible and, in fact, are intimately linked in the names of stewardship and sustainability."
- Revenue Reform: "Revenue reform is like the weather – everybody talks about it, but no one does anything about it. While members of both major parties realize that Oregon’s revenue system is severely unbalanced, no ‘fix’ has been found for it. Personal income taxes are rated as the 5th most burdensome among states, while other taxes are well below median compared to other states."
Independent Party Questionnaire
Young responded to the Independent Party of Oregon questionnaire. Below are a selection of paraphrased answers, as well as some direct responses.
- Q: What is your #1 priority?
- A: "Public education needs to have more stable funding and I believe the best pathway to that goal is through revenue reform..."
- Q: What programs would you cut to make up the budget shortfall?
- A: "The first step toward a balanced budget is a general hiring freeze, as terrible as that is to programs and morale. Prioritization of services most critical for health and well being must also be conducted; fewer cuts might be made in the identified higher priority services. The prioritization process must be conducted in the long term in concert with citizen and voter input; in the short term it will have to be done in the legislature. Finally, surgical cuts will have to be made to programs on a best-judgment basis..."
- Q: What is your best idea to promote economic development in Oregon?
- A: "Jobs begin with small business, and we need a series of programs that provide incentives to Oregon businesses for actual job creation..."
- Q: Should the Attorney General and Secretary of State enforce Measure 47 limits on political campaign contributions?
- A: "I support efforts to achieve campaign finance reform with the goal of reducing the influence of big corporations and political action committees in elections. But the question of constitutionality of Measure 47 without the passage of its companion, Measure 46, I understand is under review by the Oregon Court of Appeals."
- Q: Do you favor amending the Oregon Constitution, if ultimately necessary, to allow reasonable limits on campaign contributions in state and local candidate races?
- A: ""I think the federal Constitution must be amended to address campaign reform for all elected offices vis a vis limiting the role of corporations and PACs in campaign contributions..."
- Q: Do you support "fusion-lite" with multiple parties nominating a candidate?
- A: "Yes. The ""fusion"" nomination process is an interesting experiment in loosening the grip the two-party system has on our electoral processes..."
- Q: Do you support regulation to control health care costs and give the Insurance Division greater power to limit unreasonable rate increases and allow citizen participation in cases involving insurance rate hikes?
- A: "Yes. I also support legislation that would encourage more nonprofit insurance companies to enter the health care field as another way of reducing one of the cost centers contributing to the increase of health insurance premiums - the profit margin benefiting only shareholders and corporate executives..."
- Q: Should non-affiliated voters be allowed to vote in the primaries of the major parties?
- A: "Other states have allowed non-affiliated voters to declare which major party primary they preferred to participate in, and I would support this for Oregon non-affiliated voters."
- Q: Should Oregon adopt a nonpartisan commission of retired judges to reapportion its congressional and legislative districts?
- A: "I favor a less political reapportionment process than is practiced in most states, with the goal of achieving a fairer and more objective result. I'm not certain that an acceptable method for Oregon can be found in time for the upcoming reapportionment process..."
- Q: What is your best idea for making government in Oregon responsive to the public interest and less consumed with the desires of special interests?
- A: "1. Reduce the influence of corporate and PAC money (via real and meaningful campaign finance reform) 2. Establish performance and cost-benefit measures for all public services and subject them to an objective biennial report card available to all Oregonians."
Post Office Box 266
Albany, OR 97321
- Official campaign website
- Official campaign facebook page
- Oregon May 18 primary election results
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Oregon Live Voter's Guide Profile
- Oregon Votes, State Voter Guide Profile
- Imagine Election Profile