More than 100 people heard seven candidates for the appointment to the State Senate District 19 vacancy speak at a well-attended forum in West Linn, sponsored by independents for Progressive Action.
The candidates are Claudia Black, Tualatin; Joelle Davis, Tualatin; Tim Loun, West Linn; Gerritt Rosenthal, Tualatin; Greg Macpherson, Lake Oswego; Rob Wagner, Lake Oswego; and Daphne Wysham, West Linn. Loun, a political newcomer, is the latest to file.
Candidates had 75 seconds to answer some questions and 45 seconds for others, in a whirlwind program that took two hours.
Topics covered included:
- Health Care for All. All endorsed Measure 101.
- Housing Problems. All agreed homelessness needs prompt, creative attention.
- Tax Reform. Tax the rich more and corporations more and tax individuals and families less.
- Women’s Right to Choose. All were in agreement as pro-choice.
- Education. (See Tax Reform.) All had it as a priority.
- Campaign Finance Reform. Eliminate big money from Oregon politics.
- Justice Reform. Oregon has a disproportionate number of minorities in its jails.
- Climate Change. Not enough being done, but some serious steps are under way.
- Jordan Cove LNG plant in Coos Bay. All opposed, though one hedged a tad and invoked labor concerns.
- Who the candidates would use as allies in the legislature. Many names were bandied.
- Extend the Max line to Tualatin. All in agreement.
- Naturopaths. Add naturopaths to physician list of those allowed to administer cannabis for medical use.
A video of the full forum is available on youtube.
The short-answer format served the evening well but at the expense of longer, more complicated answers.
Lisa Ortiz chairs the iPA group that put on the forum.