“In Order for Democracy to Work, You Have to be Involved.”
Having worked as a practicing dentist, I know fixing policy is tougher than filling cavities. That is why my extensive experience of community volunteerism over the years helps to improve the lives of those in my community and make things better.
We share big challenges, but we have not achieved the results we need. Being the 3rd worst in the nation for high school graduation rates is not acceptable. Oregonians deserve better. I hope to gain your support and be a part of a new leadership class that focuses on making Oregon the best in the nation, not last. By moving my hard work and dedication from community volunteerism to the state legislature, together we can improve our region and state.
We Need Practical Solutions
Being Third Worst in Graduation Rates is not Acceptable
Why can’t Oregon be best in the nation in graduation rates rather than near the last? For too many years, our political system has failed our aspiring youth. The system has failed students, parents and teachers. One step in the right direction is vocational education. These programs are perfect for kids who are eager to learn a skill or trade and head towards a career. Students are eager to learn, attentive, and excited. These students graduate at a much higher percentage than students who do not take any vocational classes. These kids like school!
We Must Do Better at Treating and Managing Mental Health Issues
The numbers of homeless people with mental health issues are at an all-time high in Oregon. Our prisons are filled with inmates who have serious mental health issues. There isn’t a broad strategy to help these people. Our system has failed those it aims to serve. We must find new strategies and solutions to get people the help they need, when they need it.
New Strategies for Affordable Housing
In the Salem area, there is less than a 2% vacancy rate for rental housing. Rental rates are climbing faster than people’s paychecks. Families with children are winding up homeless. We need a more coordinated effort to connect the private and public sectors to create new solutions for affordable housing options. We cannot have more people living a life of poverty and facing limited options with no hope.
Small Businesses Provide More Than Half the Jobs in the Mid-Willamette Valley
Owning a small businesses is not easy. It is especially hard when new rules and regulations come along that do not make sense and make it harder to succeed. With so many jobs at stake in our state and region from small business, we need to encourage these businesses to thrive and grow. We need these businesses if Oregon wants vibrant, healthy communities.