Oregon State House District 35
|Profession||Small Business Owner|
Fiddes campaign website lists six main issues:
- Creating More Jobs and Growing Our Economy: "Gordon will encourage local job growth by reducing state regulations. Small businesses and workers need a state that works with, not against, them. Gordon knows that quality public services can only come from a thriving economy."
- Quality Education: "A bright economic future is directly tied to quality education. Our children deserve a world-class public education and Gordon will hold our public schools accountable for results."
- Improving Traffic: "Smooth traffic flow gives each of us more time in the day and lubricates Oregon’s economic engine. While alternative methods of transportation are good, more of our transportation dollars should be invested in improving our roads and highways."
- Transparency in Government: "Taxpayers need to know how their money is being spent. Gordon will insist that state agencies submit to outside performance audits, cut wasteful spending, and run more efficiently."
- Communication: "When you want to reach beyond the thirty second spots on nightly news reports, Gordon is available by phone or email to answer your questions and hear your comments."
- Oregon my Oregon: "Clean air and water are a hallmark of Oregon. Fishing, hiking, hunting, skiing, beachcombing and camping bring thousands of tourists here each year because Oregon is a great place to visit and live. Gordon supports Oregon’s high quality of life."
Independent Party Questionnaire
Fiddes 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: "Our first priority is Jobs in Oregon. We need permanent private sector jobs. This is only possible by drawing new businesses and growing existing businesses..."
- Q: What programs would you cut to make up the budget shortfall?
- A: "Every state department should be reviewed to ensure there is a constitutional reason for it to exist, and the extent to which it should exist. If the Oregon Constitution does not mandate the state handle that department, serious consideration should be given to turn the responsibility over to local government or the private sector..."
- Q: What is your best idea to promote economic development in Oregon?
- A: "The fastest way to get more business is to place as much as possible under local governmental jurisdiction. Local government is more responsive to the citizens' needs and desires than the state is. Economic development will be stifled as long as fees and useless government requirements are imposed on businesses..."
- Q: Should the Attorney General and Secretary of State enforce Measure 47 limits on political campaign contributions?
- A: "The voters also spoke by rejecting Measure 46 (2006), which was necessary to put teeth into Measure 47. Hardy Meyers made it clear that nothing was going to change until a Constitutional amendment like Measure 46 passes."
- 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: "Amending the Constitution is the only way campaign contribution limits could be imposed for state and local races. I favor this idea, especially if it gets rid of robocalling."
- Q: Do you support "fusion-lite" with multiple parties nominating a candidate?
- A: "I am enjoying the process. I think it involves more of the electorate, and inspires better political discussion. This has led to the first political party holding an election via the internet in Oregon. People I have talked to are excited about it."
- 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: "First of all, health care is a states' right issue. If the state is going to regulate health care like a utility, then a board similar to the Citizens' Utility Board should be set up. I think this approach will result in more limited health care over time. Personally, I believe the state should encourage different types of health insurance programs to exist, and let them compete in a free market. Competition will control prices and quality. Tort reform would have a much bigger influence on the cost of health care."
- Q: Should non-affiliated voters be allowed to vote in the primaries of the major parties?
- A: "This decision is up to the major parties. The state should not micromanage the parties by telling them how to run their internal primaries."
- Q: Should Oregon adopt a nonpartisan commission of retired judges to reapportion its congressional and legislative districts?
- A: "Yes. Based on the existing shapes of some districts and precincts, I believe this nonpartisan plan would be better than the current method employed."
- 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: "Local control. By centralizing control in Salem, special interests have been able to easily focus their money and time in one place, making it easier to shepherd the entire state their way. As an example, K-12 education used to be funded 70% local and 30% state. Now it is funded 70% state and 30% local. This change to greater state control has not benefited most students. It has benefited special interests."
Gordon 4 Oregon
10454 SW Kent St.
Tigard, OR 97224
- Official campaign website
- Oregon Votes, State Voter Guide Profile
- Official Candidate facebook page
- Oregon May 18 primary election results
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Oregon Live Voter's Guide Profile (dead link)
- Imagine Election Profile