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2020 Primary Voting Guide: Deschutes County - May 19, 2020

2020 Primary Voting Guide: Deschutes County - May 19, 2020

Let's put some people in charge who share our values and vision for the world!

Laura Camacho
Laura Camacho

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Disclaimer

My vote recommendations are based on my own research and do not represent any entity's opinions but my own. I vote liberal/democrat/progressive. When other factors are equal, I favor the candidate that is the least cis/hetero/male/white/old; who is aware of and working on their own implicit biases; and who is committed to improving equity, accessibility, and inclusivity within their jurisdiction.

I've included summaries of why I'm voting the way I am, and links to more information on candidates, when available, in case you want to be an informed voter. I'm open only to discussion based on actual facts, that respects the work I've done here already. If you disagree with me philosophically to begin with, my guess is that it's going to be a waste of both our time to discuss. But if you think I've erred within my own set of beliefs, I would appreciate your input!

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Now Vote!

I'm using the Voter's Pamphlet that you can find here. Your ballot was mailed to you on April 29. If you think it has gotten lost in the mail, or is damaged in any way, contact your county elections office and they'll help you out. Remember, Oregon has closed primaries. That means you must already be registered as a Democrat if you want to vote "blue no matter who" on this ballot.

YOUR VOTE IS YOURS. If you are unhoused, you can still vote. If you need disability services, they are available. If you feel threatened or manipulated to vote a particular way by someone, or if you feel unsafe in any way right now, there are so many people available to help you.

Lastly, keep in mind that not everything I cover here will be on your ballot; your ballot only allows you to vote for the measures and candidates in your particular area of Deschutes county.

President of the United States of America: NOT Tulsi Gabbard

Joe Biden is the presumptive Democratic nominee, as he is the only candidate still running and Sanders and Warren have both endorsed him.

Who you vote for in the primaries won't determine the Democratic presidential nominee, but it can - at least in Sanders' case - help determine how delegates are distributed at the DNC. Those delegate votes will represent your values and can help shape the Democratic platform.

I will leave it to your conscience, but please do not vote for Tulsi Gabbard.

US Senator: Jeff Merkley

Jeff Merkley has been a stalwart progressive voice in Congress throughout his career and a strong voice of integrity pushing back against the Trump administration. I want to keep him in the Senate until he can be replaced by someone less cis/hetero/male/white/old is ready to fill his shoes. I'm hoping that will be after this term, as Merkley will be nearing 70 by then.

Merkley is running against 3 Republicans with varying degrees of anti-climate, anti-immigrant, anti-abortion rhetoric. One guy - Robert Schwartz - is absolutely foaming at the mouth in his voters' pamphlet entry; he sounds like the most unintelligible string of conspiracy theories you could jumble together in a comments section. It'd be funny if it wasn't so scary - some of our neighbors are going to read that and nod and think, "Yes! Finally someone with common sense running for elected office!" Yikes.

US Representative, District 2: Nik Heuertz

There are a whopping 5 Democratic and 11 Republican contenders for Greg Walden's soon to be vacated seat in Congress (only 4 and 7, respectively, chose to submit voters' pamphlet statements).

The Republican primary is suprisingly quite contentious, with a lot of candidates arguing over who Trump's Best Boy. I'm hoping they'll kind of eat their own in the General.

My guess is that Knute Buehler will get the vote, because he has massive name recognition and has somehow managed to hang onto his "Centrist" reputation with many voters, despite his sharp decline into full Trumpianism. Ironically, his opponents are excoriating him for that "Centrism," so who knows what will happen.

The Democratic primary is split between John P Holm, Nik Heuertz, Alex Spenser, and Chris Vaughn. The City Club of Bend and League of Women Voters of Deschutes County hosted a candidate forum which you can view here.

Right out of the gate, I'm eliminating Holm and Vaughn from consideration. This wasn't an easy decision. It especially pains me to cut Holm, who is transgender and permanently disabled and knows personally the difficulties of relying on broken government support systems.

But, while all candidates have very similar platforms, Spenser and Hueretz simply outclass the others in the breadth of information they offer and their ability to articulate their approach to the issues.

Alex Spenser is a writer, podcaster, and performance coach is from Klamath Falls. She was the campaign strategist for Raz Mason’s two runs for the US House.

Spenser is running on an issue-based, anti-divisiveness campaign. She speaks intelligently about the issues that both urban and rural voters are concerned about.

The main concern I have with Spenser is that she emphasizes a platform of vulnerability and cooperation. While I deeply value those traits and love to hear a politician who embraces them, I want to know that she is aware that value is too often capitalized on by sociopaths - many of whom are Republicans in Congress.

My main question for Spenser was, "When confronted by people who will simply walk over anyone who is making a good faith effort to cross the aisle, will you draw a hard, principled line and simply say, 'This is the right thing to do and we will proceed with or without you'?"

Spenser responded:

"Yes, the key to communication is to be vulnerable with each other, when you are vulnerable that allows others to be vulnerable in return. There are places to compromise and there are places that must go forward for the good of the American people. Some of the policies I am steadfast on are Universal Healthcare: taking the profit out of people’s suffering, Gun Responsibility: ensuring live shooters are without the means to kill en-mass (sic) - allowing folks the grace of the few seconds it takes to change a magazine, Autonomy: everyone deserves the rights over there (sic) own live body - from reproductive rights to dying with dignity, Voting: it is a right and privilege that must be afforded everyone, and made as easy as possible for everyone; and right now, faced with a Revolution Thrust Upon Us by COVID-19: I will work to ensure everyone has food, healthcare, money, and testing-testing-testing so we can move forward, keeping everyone safe, secure and alive."

I have no question that Spenser shares the values and legislative goals that I do. But again, I'm not jazzed about her style, something she calls "Positive Thoughtful Peace-Creating Communication." I think vulnerability and finding common ground is an excellent tactic for voter outreach. But I have also seen ample evidence that it will get steamrolled by Republican political opposition in Congress.  

Nik Heuertz is a small business owner and business consultant, raised on a farm near Medford.

Heuertz has a fairly standard progressive platform that borrows heavily from Elizabeth Warren's "I have a plan for that!" mentality. His website is a veritable wall of plans, which I find both endearing and reassuring.

Heuertz's response to my question about what differentiates him from Spenser put to words my concerns:

"Alex has more of a conciliatory style, which I love! I just don't think it is the right time in history for that style. I think we need fighters in the ring right now. Good, fair, honest fighters."

He had more to say in that vein, but this is the gist of it. Heuertz obviously values the ideals of common ground and cooperation; he's also clear-eyed about what he'll be up against in Washington.

Both candidates have very similar values and platforms; both will do their best to advance the progressive ideals of universal health care, reproductive rights, economic reform, common sense gun control, etc. What differentiates them is their strategies.

Heuertz says what's needed is "a direct repudiation of the current Republican leadership and policy" and "Good, fair, honest fighters." Spenser says she will lean on the power of mutual vulnerability and is "ready and willing to do the hard work of communication" with the GOP to get us what we need.

I fundamentally disagree with Spenser - I refuse to negotiate with terrorists about basic human rights. The Republicans in power have proven incontrovertibly that they do.not.care. about the lives and livelihoods of great swaths of the American people.

Ultimately, I cannot get behind a candidate who can't summon up no holds barred, confrontational language when it comes to matters of justice, life and death. Heuertz has my vote.

Secretary of State: Jamie McLeod-Skinner

The Secretary of State is an incredibly important race for Democrats to win this election, as the SoS will oversee redistricting in 2021, and Oregon is likely to add a congressional seat. Since the GOP's main "winning tactic" is aggressive gerrymandering, we simply cannot afford to risk a Republican Secretary of State.

Three strong Democratic candidates are running for Secretary of State. Shemia Fagan, Jamie McLeod-Skinner, and Mark Hass are all impressive candidates and I enjoyed watching them in the League of Women Voters of Deschutes County's candidate forum.

The Republican candidates are state senator Kim Thatcher and Dave Stauffer, who ran for governor in 2016 on a water slides platform. Yes, you read that right.

The Source Weekly wrote a nice piece on Thatcher, but I have one thing to add: Thatcher's voting record belies her "expressed non-partisan approach" to the issues.

Although I will happily vote for Fagan or Hass in the general, should either win this primary (though I would love to see Fagan be available to run for governor in '22. I really, really like her), my endorsement for Secretary of State goes to McLeod-Skinner for one main reason: Reach.

McLeod-Skinner captured my attention during her 2018 run for US Representative. She was the first candidate opposing 20-year incumbent Greg Walden to win more than 30% of the vote, and she did so by relentlessly pursuing the hearts and minds of conservative and moderate Eastern Oregon voters. Her ground game was impressive and I was also personally thrilled by the opportunity to vote for a queer woman who is a complete and total nerd for the inner workings of government.

McLeod-Skinner has the educational background, real-life experience, and passion to be a true public servant for everyone in our incredibly diverse state. In her 2018 bid for US Representative, she demonstrated a willingness to listen to her potential constituents from every walk of life, and to encourage dialogue about what will work for all of us to make Oregon healthier, wealthier, and more successful.

The work that McLeod-Skinner did to become a trusted, recognized name outside of the Portland Metro area is priceless. Perhaps the two big Blue spots in the western half of the state could carry candidates like Fagan and Hass against their Republican opponent. But that's not a risk I want to take in a high stakes election.

I was pleased to see my opinion shared by The Source Weekly in their recent endorsement of McLeod-Skinner.

State Treasurer: Tobias Read

Tobias Read is the incumbent and the only candidate on registered Democrats' ballots. I wouldn't ordinarily write so much about an uncontested primary vote, but I felt this was important to talk about right now.

Read has held this position since we voted for him in 2016. Previously he was a state representative, during which time he created the OregonSaves program - a state-sponsored Roth IRA retirement savings program for the self-employed or those whose employers don't offer retirement options.

I like Read's passion for conquering financial insecurity in Oregon. His platform is predominantly about helping the elderly to retire with dignity, investing in children's well-being and success, and reducing/eliminating student loan debt. And while he acknowledges that funding for these programs is critical, he is realistic about his responsibility as Treasurer to find ways to reduce waste in the State's budgets as well.

Read is running against Republican Jeff Gudman, who seems to be running on an austerity platform. Gudman is primarily attacking Read's campaign receipts, saying that because he's received money from out of state class action law firms, he can't be trusted.

Here's what I've gathered from my research on this.

Basically, the State Treasurer's office and the Attorney General's office have the power to decide what law firms represent the state in class action lawsuits. And, wouldn't you know it, law firms who want those gigs donate to the candidates running for office in hopes that it will put them at the top of the list.

And, sometimes it seems to influence which firms get chosen.

Forbes first referred to this practice as "The Class Action Industrial Complex" in their 2004 article exposing the coziness between class action lawyer firms and state treasurers. There have definitely been some gross self-pay situations that have come of this loophole in campaign finance law (a couple are described in the Forbes article).

Read's opponenets are happy to imply that he could be engaging in this type of "Pay to Play" activity, but cannot produce any evidence. Probably because since first becoming Treasurer, Read has recused himself and his chief of staff from any decision-making around the plaintiff lawyers.

Only 19% of Read's total campaign contributions since 2015 have been from class action law firms, and to put that into perspective, he's only raised a little over a million dollars total in the last 5 years. He's certainly not enriching himself with campaign contributions!

To me, the root issue is that this country desperately needs campaign finance reform. Whether or not (and there's zero evidence that he is) Tobias Read is taking advantage of the loopholes that exist is secondary. The role money plays in politics is extremely unhealthy for democracy and we must work to change that.

Attorney General: Ellen Rosenblum

Ellen Rosenblum is the incumbent and the only candidate on registered Democrats' ballots. I'll cover her more in depth in November.

County Commissioner Position #2: Phil Chang

County Commissioner is an incredibly important role that voters need to take very seriously. County commissioners decide where a lot of our tax dollars get allocated (and even what gets taxed, and how much). They also create various ordinances and are currently making the decisions about how our county is handling the pandemic, quarantine, and reopening of businesses.

It is essential to have true public servants on county commission: people who value the wellbeing of the collective and make decisions based on All Of Us, not hyperpartisan talking points.

Democrats have an opportunity to break up the current Republican trifecta with this election.

Chang is running to replace Phil Henderson, the Republican incumbent who is trying to renew his current term. Henderson recently shared a microphone with  quarantine protestors at the Redmond rally organized by BJ Soper, cofounder of the Pacific Patriots Network - an extreme anti-government militia.

As you may imagine, Chang keeps very different company!

To give you an idea of his values, Chang was Senator Jeff Merkley's field representative in Central Oregon (2014-2017) and member of the Central Oregon Intergovermental Council for 9 years. He helped create the Deschutes Collaborative Forest Project and has served on the Bend 2030 Vision Task Force.

Chang's Democratic opponents are Greg Bryant and Ron (Rondo) Boozell. Bryant is a Vietnam veteran and retired accountant. Boozell, Navy veteran and perennial candidate is, as usual, running on a "MarijuanaProsperity For All!" platform. I admire Rondo's persistence (he's been trying to get on City Council and other local boards for years), but he completely lost my respect when he referred to himself as a "political prisoner" for going on a hunger strike while he was jailed for failure to pay child support.

Phil Chang is head and shoulders above his Democratic opponents. He has a consistent record of investing his time and talents in improving life in Deschutes County. He is currently doing regular Facebook Live "coffee chats," answering constituents' questions with calm, pragmatic clarity. He values human lives and livelihoods and will fund initiatives accordingly. This is a candidate for whom I'm super excited to vote!

State Representative - District 53: Emerson Levy

Emerson Levy is running to unseat Jack Zika, who recently joined the latest Republican walkout in Salem, for which he received special honors from the NRA (of which he is a member, since 2017).

Levy is an attorney with experience as a public defender, workers' comp hearings, and real estate law. She's the mother of a child with special health needs and has empathy for working parents struggling to keep their families healthy, housed, and educated. Levy also cohosts the Family Personalities podcast, which explores how Myers-Briggs, Enneagram and other personality type models can help change the way you see your family.

Levy's foundational beliefs are geared toward supporting affordable housing, childcare + education, healthcare, and the environment. I enjoyed her town hall videos - she is very engaging and speaks intelligently and compassionately on all subjects. My District 53 friends are lucky to vote for her!

State Representative - District 54: Jason Kropf

You may remember my reluctance to vote for Cheri Helt for this position back in 2018 and I'm sorry to say that a lot of my concerns about her Trumpian cronies pulling her farther from her moderate stance have begun to come true. I'm thrilled to get to vote for a solid, trustworthy progressive choice in District 54.

Jason Kropf is Deschutes County's Deputy District Attorney and was my endorsement in last year's election, for the Bend Metro Park and Recreation District Director Director, Position 2. Kropf is a former public defender who worked mostly with families in crisis and foster situations; he now carries the juvenile caseload for Deschutes County and sits on the board of directors for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).

Kropf is an Oregon League of Conservation Voters-endorsed candidate who "will fight to protect Oregon's air and water, preserve our public lands, find solutions to the climate crisis, and create a brighter future for all of Oregon's people."

His advocacy work with vulnerable communities, and his lifelong career as a public servant will inform his role in our state house. He will prioritize public funding and legislation to keep Oregon families safe at home and school, and our beautiful state environment thriving.

State Representative - District 55: Barbara Fontaine

Barbara Fontaine has zero campaign web presence and her name doesn't appear in the voters' pamphlet, which led me on a search to see if she is actually still running. According to the Secretary of State website, she is.

What a shame that she doesn't seem to be campaigning. The best I can find on Fontaine is her personal Facebook page, which shows you a little bit of her educational background and political leanings. Unfortunately, this is going to have to be an uninformed #VBNMW vote for District 55.

Fontaine is running against Vikki Breese-Iverson, whose campaign video is full of hay and tractors and cows. Her platform is your basic rural Republican combo of guns, water rights, and "small government."

FYI - when Breese-Iverson says "Medical Freedom" and "Fighting for our Right To Choose" she's only talking about refusing vaccinations - definitely not a medical freedom that includes womb-having people's access to reproductive care or their right to choose an abortion. I'm personally enraged by this breathtaking hypocrisy.

State Representative - District 59: Arlene Burns

Another frustrating situation, where the 2 (two!) Democratic candidates have zero campaign information online. I really hope Arlene Burns is on your District 59 ballot.

Alrene Burns is the mayor of Mosier, Oregon, former director of Mountain Film festival, and Caretaker of the Gorge. Her opponent, Tyler Gabriel, a cannabis consultant, ran in 2016 on a pro-cannabis platform. All I can easily find on him is the public postings of his Facebook page, which aren't very...candidential.

Burns is running against incumbent Daniel Bonham, whose voting record is basically a long swath of Nos. He voted against HB 4145 - the prohibition of convicted stalkers and domestic abusers from possessing firearms. No one who calls himself a family man can be forgiven for voting against a bill that has been proven to keep women safe from their abusers.

State Senator - 27th District: Eileen Kiely

Eileen Kiely is running against Republican incumbent, Tim Knopp, who positions himself as a moderate.

Over the last 4 years, I've found Knopp increasingly intolerable - especially as he smugly participated in the senate walkout last year that cost us meaningful progress in climate momentum, education funding, and gun control. Among many other votes I adamantly disagree with, I find completely unforgiveable Knopp's his No vote against HB 4145. He claims to be a "champion for affordable housing," but also voted against the prohibition of no cause evictions (side note: check out that egregious typo in the second bullet of the Highlights section).

Kiely is a former Girl Scout and student activist, and a Navy veteran with a passion for the outdoors (she was a climb leader with the Mazamas mountaineering group). She used her MBA to grow her professional career with Freightliner (now Daimler Trucks North America) trucking company, where she "managed the controlling operations for the North American parts operation, truck brand pricing, and finally purchasing, responsible for $500 million dollars in contracting negotiations each year." She also used her position to "the most ethnically and gender diverse workgroup in the department" (source).

I endorsed Kiely's 2018 run at State Representative, and was disappointed she was out of district for me. But the senate districts are different, and I get to vote for her in 2020!

I look forward to voting for a woman who cares about and works for statewide improvements to the issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion; climate change; health care; common sense gun laws’ and economic stability.

State Senator, 28th District: Hugh Palcic

Hugh Palcic is not in the voters' pamphlet, but he should be on your ballot if you're in his district. He is running against Republican incumbent Dennis Linthicum, whose infamy includes supporting the multiple Republican senate walkouts and a disgusting invocation of the death of Eric Garner when opposing an Oregon cigarette tax.

Palcic is the general manager of the Sunriver Owners Association and the Oregon Liquor Control Commissioner. He also sits on the board of the Bethlehem Inn, one of my favorite local non-profits. You can check out his thoughtful ansers in a Q&A session with the Oregon League of Conservation Voters.

State Senator - 30th District: Carina M Miller

Carina Miller was borned and raised on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, where she still lives today. She is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and is a research analyst working on the Vibrant Tribal Economies (VTE) project with the Warm Springs Community Action Team.

After lots of grassroots and student activism at University of Oregon, where she earned her BS in Ethnic Studies, Miller was the energy committee co-chair for the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians for three years. She is the president of the Native Caucus for the Democratic Party of Oregon, and was appointed by Governor Brown in 2019 to the Columbia River Gorge Commission. Her resume is impressive!

Miller is running against Lynn Findley, who was appointed in January when Cliff Bentz left his senate position in order to run for US Congress (psst: we're voting for Nik Heuertz, not Cliff Bentz). Findley wants to keep his seat and I want us to put Miller there.

First of all, it is long past time for Oregon to elect our first ever Oregon Tribal member to the state legislature. Furthermore, Miller's top priorities are water, education, and environment - basically the top three things Findley voted against during his short career as state senator.

If you're voting in the 30th district, please do what you can to support Carina Miller - donations, yard signs, talk to your friends, etc. You have the opportunity to help create something historical with your vote!

[According to the voters' pamphlet, only two judge seats are contested, so I'll just cover those. Vote for the incumbents for all the rest - they were appointed by Governor Brown.]

Judge of the Supreme Court, Position 1: Thomas A Balmer

Thomas Balmer is the incumbent with a solid history and the respect of his peers. He's running against Van Pounds, who failed to get elected for another seat and sued the State of Oregon, blaming them for...his inability to pull more than 25% of the vote, I guess. The case was dismissed, and I was hoping he wouldn't show up again. Do you think he'll find a reason to blame someone else for his failure in this election?!

Judge of the Court of Appeals, Position 11: Kyle L Krohn

Joel DeVore is the 6-year incumbent. He views his job as one of service and social work. You'll get a good sense of his character in this interview with Don Merrill, the Portland-based founder of the Oregon2020 project, which aims to interview every candidate running in Oregon in 2020.

Kyle Krohn is currently an appellate public defender representing "indigent persons in misdemeanor and felony appeals and judicial review of parole board decisions" - some of our most vulnerable neighbors.

Krohn is taking another run at the Court of Appeals after losing his bid against another incumbent in 2018. He says he's not running against Joel DeVore, per se. Rather, Krohn's platform is (again) solely that he wants to change from inside the practice of the Court of Appeals to "affirm without opinion."

That means, he wants the judges to present an explanation along with their decision. Many appelate courts do that, but the Oregon Court of Appeals doesn't "show their work" and Krohn wants better for Oregonians. He elaborates on this extensively in his interview with Don Merrill.

Despite not seeking endorsements, in 2018, Krohn was endorsed by the Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs (they haven't issued endorsements for this election). The OABA is:

"a nonpartisan organization and a statewide nonprofit corporation committed to improving the status of Blacks in Oregon, placing major emphasis on building a better Oregon for the Black Community. OABA knows 'What Benefits Black Oregonians Benefits ALL Oregonians' and this premise does not work in reverse."

I think this is a significant endorsement and should not be overlooked. (I also think this 2018 endorsement is relevant to this election, as Krohn is running on the exact same platform.)

This was a hard decision. Both candidates are solid, thoughtful men of integrity. They are both impeccable in their attempts to remain impartial and both seem intelligent about diversity, equality, and inclusion - although I get the sense from his interviews that Krohn may be more actively thoughtful about these issues. It's often really hard to gauge where a judge or lawyer stands on anything based on public statements, but if you know enough lawyers, you figure out how to read between the lines. ;)

We are fortunate to have DeVore on the bench and I wouldn't endorse his removal except that I believe he is matched by Krohn in dedication and passion for justice.

The issue Krohn is raising is also a point of justice that should not be overlooked: Judges should be required to demonstrate their reasoning, not just assert their power.

9-130 La Pine Park & Recreation District - Five-year local option levy for improving recreation and facilities: YES

I'm a fan of funding parks and rec improvements through tiny property tax increases. It's a small investment that allows for huge improvements to the community. In this case, La Pine Park & Rec would get 27 cents per $1000 assessed property value to fund:

  • youth programs
  • adult fitness and wellness programs
  • addressing the deferred maintenance of LPPRD property
  • upgrade existing technology
  • provide security systems

A homeowner with an assessed home value of $200,000 would pay $54 a year to support a more robust and viable parks & rec program.

9-132 Black Butte Ranch Service District - Five-Year Local Option Levy: YES

Black Butte Ranch's public safety service district has a very small voting population and an even smaller police force (only 4 officers!). It's been 10 years since their funding has increased, and they're looking at cutbacks (health insurance, pensions) if they can't pass this measure.

This measure would add 65 cents per $1,000 of assessed home value for 5 years: $325/year for a $500,000 house.

9-133 Redmond Fire & Rescue - Local Option Levy to Maintain Fire and Emergency Medical Services: YES

Another opportunity for everyone to pay a little to benefit a lot. This measure funds upgrades and maintenance to Redmond's fire and emergency medical equipment.

This measure would add 27 cents per $1000 of assessed home value for 5 years: $54/year for a $200,000 house.


Thank you for being an informed voter!

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