Oregon State House District 7
|Profession||Lecture Bureau Agent|
Byers' campaign website lists five main issues:
- Repair the economy
- Bring new family wage jobs to Oregon
- Reduce government waste
- Make our children's education a priority
- Keep our streets safe
Independent Party Questionnaire
Byers 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: "Repairing the economy and creating family wage jobs. Oregon can be a leader in renewable energy, creating jobs while reducing utility bills for families, businesses and non-profits..."
- Q: What programs would you cut to make up the budget shortfall?
- A: "I would first work on raising tax revenues by stimulating the economy through job creation and support for small businesses. I will also push for reforming the Kicker law so we don't issue any checks until our Rainy Day Fund equals at least 20% of the previous budget. I'll look for waste in government and work to reduce it."
- Q: What is your best idea to promote economic development in Oregon?
- A: "Renewable energy is the key to Oregon's economic recovery. We have the resources of wind, solar, geothermal, hydro and wave energy already in place and ready to expand.A specific piece I want to work on is legislation that would allow individuals, businesses and non-profits to install renewable energy systems and sell the excess energy they produce back to the power grid at wholesale rates, with no end of the year ""give back"" to the power companies..."
- Q: Should the Attorney General and Secretary of State enforce Measure 47 limits on political campaign contributions?
- A: "Yes, the Attorney General and the Secretary of State should be enforcing Measure 47 limits. However, enforcement requires funding and in a recession with agency budgets stretch so thin, that's a tough call."
- 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 I do, in principle. However, the nation's Supreme Court has just ruled that money is speech, and thus protected, and until our U.S. Congress passes legislation amending that, we might not be able to pass a State Constitution change that wouldn't end up being thrown out of court."
- Q: Do you support "fusion-lite" with multiple parties nominating a candidate?
- A: "Yes! It gives the voter more information about the candidate and expands the influence of the minor parties; all to the good of expanding participation in our electoral process."
- 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: "We must bring health care costs down, and at first glance an Insurance Division to control unreasonable rate increases might seem like a good idea. However, who appoints this "Insurance Division" and from what sector do they come? Without more specifics, I'd be concerned that we might be setting ourselves up for putting a fox guarding the hen house."
- Q: Should non-affiliated voters be allowed to vote in the primaries of the major parties?
- A: "No! Only members of actual political parties registered in Oregon should be able to vote in primaries..."
- Q: Should Oregon adopt a nonpartisan commission of retired judges to reapportion its congressional and legislative districts?
- A: "In the end there's no such thing as a strictly nonpartisan process. One has only to look at the politics behind the rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court over the decades. Just by the nature of the process, whichever party gets to appoint the judges will promote its agenda."
- 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: "Take the money out of politics as much as possible and limit the influence of lobbyists in our political system. In addition, legislators need to be in direction communication with their constituents..."
P.O. Box 2570 Roseburg, OR 97470
- Official campaign website
- Candidate facebook page
- Oregon May 18 primary election results
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Oregon Live Voter's Guide Profile (dead link)