Marvin Sannes

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Marvin Sannes
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Candidate for
Oregon House of Representatives District 21
Marvin Sannes was a 2012 independent candidate for District 21 of the Oregon House of Representatives.



See also: Oregon House of Representatives elections, 2012

Sannes ran for election in the 2012 election for Oregon House District 21. Sannes was defeated by incumbent Brian Clem (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[1]

Oregon House of Representatives, District 21, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBrian Clem Incumbent 59% 11,542
     Republican Dan Farrington 37.2% 7,277
     Independent Marvin Sannes 3.9% 758
Total Votes 19,577


See also: Oregon House of Representatives elections, 2010

Sannes was a Republican candidate for District 21 of the Oregon House of Representatives. The primary election was on May 18, 2010 and the general election was on November 2. Sannes was defeated in the November 2 general election by incumbent Brian Clem (D).[2]


Campaign themes

Sannes' campaign website listed several main issues:

  • Growing our Economy & Creating More Jobs: "Oregonians are struggling during this economic recession and Salem has failed to address our state’s chronic unemployment. Marvin supports providing incentives to companies that create jobs, revamping our tax structure to include a flat income tax and supports measures to reduce bureaucracy."
  • Quality Schools & Successful Students: "All Oregon kids deserve a bright future. Marvin wants to empower parents to be able to choose the best education for their children. Marvin will maximize funding in the classroom while giving educators the resources they need to help our kids learn."
  • Public Safety: "Drug and alcohol addiction is one of Oregon’s single most challenging expenses. Marvin believes we can cut this rising cost by insisting on addiction treatment and total abstinence from substance abuse as a condition of parole or probation."
  • Make Government Transparent: "Taxpayers need easy-to-access, accurate information about how much money they are paying in taxes and fees and how that money is being spent. Marvin will support measures to make government in Oregon more transparent."
  • Reducing Congestion & Building More Roads: " Marvin believes more of our transportation dollars should be spent beginning the expansion of light rail in the I-5 corridor. Marvin sits in the same traffic as you do and is resolute to change the priorities in Salem."
  • Keep Oregon Beautiful: "All Oregonians deserve clean air and water. Marvin is committed to cleaning up the Willamette River and believes by utilizing our high desert sun Oregon can become a leader in renewable energy and lower our energy costs."
  • PERS: "The PERS obligation must be paid. We made a deal with our employees and we must honor it. The estimate is 40% of the General Fund budget. We cannot raise taxes, again. Taxes for Oregon’s economy are like a drug to an addict – they will only increase the need for more. We must find ways to pay this obligation within the current budget..."

Independent Party Questionnaire

Sannes responded to the Independent Party of Oregon questionnaire.[3] Below are a selection of paraphrased answers, as well as some direct responses.

  • Q: What is your #1 priority?
  • A: "I want to begin making this culture shift about addictive disease. From a criminal problem to a health problem. America (and Oregon) represents 4% of the world population and consumes 60% of the illigal drugs produced. These very expensive tragedies touch every family in Oregon."
  • Q: What programs would you cut to make up the budget shortfall?
  • A: "Corrections. Treatment works - far less expensive than punishment, and for more effective. 75 % of the inmate population had addictive disease. We must see this as a health problem and then we will begin to impact and restrict the beginning of the pipeline - the pre-adoescents - 1 in 5 has a disease response to their 1st experiments with substance abuse."
  • Q: What is your best idea to promote economic development in Oregon?
  • A: "Repeal measures 66 and 67. And, promote tax equity, we all must pay our share of tax, accept the responsibility, making businesses the tax collector is destroying trust in government. Government services are our services and we should pay for them."
  • Q: Should the Attorney General and Secretary of State enforce Measure 47 limits on political campaign contributions?
  • A: "I don't know."
  • 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 individuals may spend whatever they want to. I think PAC's, Corps., Unions, Special Interest Groups must be limited."
  • Q: Do you support "fusion-lite" with multiple parties nominating a candidate?
  • A: "Not sure, let's see what happens. I think it is a good experiment."
  • 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: "I generally oppose regulation. Trying to regulate always seems to drive up the cost."
  • Q: Should non-affiliated voters be allowed to vote in the primaries of the major parties?
  • A: "Yes."
  • 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: "We must get people involved in the process, perhaps some tax incentive to vote. Instead of the tax credit for political contribution maybe a tax credit to participate in the vote."

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