Dave Dotterrer

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Dave Dotterrer
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Candidate for
Oregon State Senate District 3
ProfessionProposal Manager, SAIC
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Dave Dotterrer is a 2014 Republican candidate for District 3 of the Oregon State Senate.

Dotterrer was a candidate for District 3 of the Oregon State Senate in the November 2, 2010 election.



See also: Oregon State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Oregon State Senate 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. Incumbent Alan Bates was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Dave Dotterrer was unopposed in the Republican primary. He is also running on the Libertarian party ticket. Bates and Dotterrer will face off in the general election.[1][2]


See also: Oregon State Senate elections, 2010

Dotterrer was defeated by incumbent Alan Bates (D) in the general election. The primary election was on May 18, 2010 and the general election was on November 2, 2010.[3] Although Dotterrer requested and received a recount, Bates retained his lead.[4]

Oregon State Senate, District 3 (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Alan Bates (D) 24,557
Dave Dotterrer (R) 24,275


Campaign themes

Dotterrer's "Oregon Votes" voter guide profile lists three main issues and policy proposals:

  • Creating Jobs:
1. "Create sensible policies to retain existing companies and attract new ones."
2. "Reduce excessive regulations to help create a businessfriendly environment."
3. "Harvest timber at sustainable levels."
  • Improving Education:
1. "Stabilize funding Make education funding a higher priority."
2. "Reduce bureaucracy to increase money available for the classroom."
3. "Improve higher educational opportunities to better fit employment needs."
  • Controlling State Spending:
1. "Prioritize government services and fund accordingly."
2. "Incorporate long-term planning into the budgeting process."
3. "Bring government employment, salaries and benefits into line with the private sector."

Independent Party Questionnaire

Dotterrer responded to the Independent Party of Oregon questionnaire.[5] Below are a selection of paraphrased answers, as well as some direct responses.

  • Q: What is your #1 priority?
  • A: "My #1 priority is to provide jobs for Oregonians. As an independent thinker I realize that we need to improve the business climate so that private enterprises expand the economy and grow private-sector jobs. Oregon has enacted a host of laws, regulations, taxes, and other policies which do not allow the private sector to innovate, invest, and create jobs."
  • Q: What programs would you cut to make up the budget shortfall?
  • A: "Oregon does NOT have a revenue problem; the current group of politicians in Salem has a SPENDING problem. The people of Oregon send enough money to Salem to adequately meet requirements and I would not propose any tax increases. The key to fixing the budget deficit is to determine, in a bi-partisan way, the essential funding REQUIREMENTS and PRIORITIES and apply available resources to these priorities."
  • Q: What is your best idea to promote economic development in Oregon?
  • A: "My best idea for promoting economic development in Oregon is to renew, reinvigorate, and revitalize the private-sector economy. We need to start with independent thinking and should first ask what the Oregon government should STOP doing to accomplish these goals."
  • Q: Should the Attorney General and Secretary of State enforce Measure 47 limits on political campaign contributions?
  • A: "I would need to look into the details of Measure 47 and the many legal ramifications of enforcing campaign limits before answering this question."
  • 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: "Yes"
  • Q: Do you support "fusion-lite" with multiple parties nominating a candidate?
  • A: "Yes"
  • 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: "This issue is very complex, particularly with the passage of President Obama’s health care legislation, and I would have to see the specific piece of legislation before I decided on my position. However, I believe the market was a best way to control costs and believe we need to truly open up health care to competition."
  • Q: Should non-affiliated voters be allowed to vote in the primaries of the major parties?
  • A: "No. I believe citizens voluntarily join certain organizations and parties with the expectation that they will be able to determine the decisions of the group. People who are not members of the group should not participate in these decisions."
  • Q: Should Oregon adopt a nonpartisan commission of retired judges to reapportion its congressional and legislative districts?
  • A: "Yes"
  • 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: "The ONLY way to make government responsive to the public interest is to elect legislators who put the public interest first and, as independent thinkers, are not beholden to the special interests. I intend to be that legislator. As a new candidate who has not held elective office and, as a retired Marine officer, I have looked at policy and fiscal issues in a non-ideological way. We also need to realize that the problems we face today are not going to be solved by the people who created them."


Campaign Address

Citizens for Dave Dotterrer

P.O. Box 3502

Ashland, OR 97520

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