Karl Erickson

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Karl Erickson
Former candidate for
Oregon House of Representatives, District 20
Associate'sRegent College, 1994
Campaign website
Karl Bjorn Erickson was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 20 of the Oregon House of Representatives.


Erickson earned his A.S. from Regent College in 1994 and attended the University of Kansas in 1989 and Seattle Pacific University from 1987 to 1989. His professional experience includes working as a children's author, as a tax auditor for the Oregon State Employment Department and as a revenue agent for the State of Oregon at the Department of Revenue.[1][2]


Campaign themes


Erickson's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[3]

Two concrete proposals:

  • Excerpt: "First, there are a number of state agencies with similar goals and responsibilities--not exact matches, but similar. A good example would be the Oregon Board of Accountancy and the Oregon Board of Tax Practitioners. Merging agencies with similar missions is a common sense approach to reduce costs. We need to avoid duplication!"
  • Excerpt: "Second, there is an inherent conflict of interest when state human resource departments are tasked with completing a review of management behavior or management culture; their livelihood is dependent upon the maintaining of a certain status quo. I suggest the time has come to change the delivery mechanism for these services. It's time to move all (or most) human resource personnel out of the specific agencies where they currently work and locate them centrally--at DAS, for example. On a rotating basis, then, HR staff can be assigned to specific agencies as needed. This removes the conflict of interest, increases transparency, and reduces overhead costs."



See also: Oregon House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Oregon House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 20, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Paul Evans was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Kathy Goss defeated James Owens, Karl Erickson and Terrence Taylor in the Republican primary. Evans also ran on the Working Families Party ticket. Evans defeated Goss in the general election.[4][5]


Erickson and his wife, Kimberly, have two children.[1]

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