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|Oregon House of Representatives, District 8|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
Elections for the office of Oregon House of Representatives will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 20, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 11, 2014. Dan Rayfield was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Jacob Vandever was unopposed in the Republican primary. Rayfield and Vandever will face off in the general election.
- See also: Oregon State Senate elections, 2010
Rayfield's campaign website lists five main issues:
- Improving the economy: "After all, we’ve been stuck in this recession for a long time now, and the job losses are still stacking up. It’s long past time to expect action – and results – on the economy. Dan Rayfield is as fed up as we are with how long the recession has gone on. It’s a big reason he decided to run for the State Senate -- to help revive our economy and start putting people back to work."
- Strengthening education: "Today, unfortunately, the lack of support for education is threatening our position as the world’s leader in innovation. It's time for a State Senator who is committed to making a strong educational system the foundation of a strong economy."
- Making health care more affordable: "If there’s one issue where the failure of the career politicians is crystal clear, it’s health care. The continuing political bickering hasn’t done anything to address the reality of lost jobs and lost health insurance that too many local families have experienced lately. It’s time to expect some real solutions on health care from our elected officials."
- Protecting our quality of life: "The Mid-Valley is one of the best places to live anywhere. Farms and forestlands, day trips to the Coast, and lazy summer days at the river make this a great place to live. Dan Rayfield appreciates the special quality of life we enjoy and he’s committed to protecting it for future generations."
- Accountability: "The actions of Wall Street banks and credit card companies played a huge part in throwing our economy into the recession. Yet for too long, the career politicians did nothing as Wall Street banks and credit card companies took advantage of middle-class families. Today, we’re struggling to overcome the foreclosures and economic turmoil caused by this lack of action. Voters should expect more – a lot more – when it comes to protection from fraudulent business practices."
Independent Party Questionnaire
Rayfield 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: "My #1 priority is putting Oregonians back to work. To do this, we need to emphasize assistance for small businesses.: 1) Providing grants and low interest loans for small businesses that increase hiring and payrolls 2) Supporting small business development centers across Oregon that help entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground. 3) Creating a robust higher education system that will create innovation, fuel small business, and attract new businesses to Oregon."
- Q: What programs would you cut to make up the budget shortfall?
- A: "We need to prioritize where we are spending our money and focus on job creation. At the same time we need to do our absolute best to protect school funding, health care, and senior services. We also need to reevaluate our tax credit system here in Oregon. In particular, we need to assess the effectiveness of credits that focus on job creation and building a stronger economy..."
- Q: What is your best idea to promote economic development in Oregon?
- A: "Invest in higher education to create innovation and help students of all ages prepare for rewarding careers..."
- Q: Should the Attorney General and Secretary of State enforce Measure 47 limits on political campaign contributions?
- A: "This matter is currently under review by the Oregon Courts. We should allow the Courts to rule on their constitutionality before we start enforcing the limits. I do, however, believe that everyone should have an equal voice in the election process."
- 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 am in favor of campaign finance reform. I believe that important public decisions should be based on the merits of the idea."
- Q: Do you support "fusion-lite" with multiple parties nominating a candidate?
- A: "I think the fusion-lite approach is a promising way to increase voter participation. As with any new system, we may need to make small adjustments as we go. I am eager to see the results of this new system in November."
- 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: "All Oregonians should have access to affordable health care. The affordability of health care affects everyone from the uninsured to the small business owner. Transparency is an important step to prevent unreasonable rate increases. I support legislation that will help Oregonians and businesses get access to affordable health care."
- Q: Should non-affiliated voters be allowed to vote in the primaries of the major parties?
- A: " am supportive of our current system that allows individuals to become members of a party to participate in that party’s primary. Whatever process Oregonians prefer must ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to have their voices heard."
- Q: Should Oregon adopt a nonpartisan commission of retired judges to reapportion its congressional and legislative districts?
- A: "Whenever redistricting occurs, bipartisan common sense should be applied. I support a system that will reach a fair outcome and insure that Oregonians have the best representation possible. I believe in a system that has checks and balances with an opportunity for public comment and independent judicial review..."
- 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: "I believe our government in Oregon can be more responsive to Oregonians. To do this we need to have more transparency, accountability, and most importantly more contact with voters in our communities...Government also needs to allow for more transparency so people know how their taxpayer dollars are being used. Increased access and a better understanding allow individuals the opportunity to voice their opinions and be heard. As transparency increases we can begin to restore the trust that has been lost in our government."
- Official campaign website
- Oregon Votes, State Voter Guide Profile
- Official campaign facebook page
- Official campaign twitter page
- Oregon May 18 primary election results
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Oregon Live Voter's Guide Profile
- Imagine Election Profile