Election 2014: Meet the candidates for House District 18
Vic Gilliam, incumbent, and David Darnell vie for the Republican nomination on May 20
Relevant experience: State representative for House District 18 (2007-present), current co-chair Elder Abuse Prevention Task Force, previous co-chair House Human Services, House Energy and Environment, elected precinct committee person.
Why are you running? It is an honor to serve my district and I enjoy speaking up on their behalf at The Capitol, and also advocating for families and businesses with state agencies and other regulatory challenges.
What do you think are the three biggest issues facing your district? 1. Unemployment/under-employment due largely to a slow recovery from The Great Recession." 2. Continued growth in government spending (i.e. budgets based on last years spending, plus an automatic percentage increase) and general government sprawl that requires higher taxes and fees on struggling small businesses and families. 3. Restoring public safety positions to, among other things, fight physical, sexual and financial elder abuse as this vulnerable population continues to grow.
What do you think are the three biggest issues facing Northern Marion County in particular (Hubbard, Aurora, Donald)? In addition to the issues mentioned in the previous question, the communities of Northern Marion County have distinctive land use conflicts, traffic congestion and safety issues and, of course, education funding challenges.
What three things would you like to see accomplished if elected? 1. I would like to see a hefty increase to the paltry 15% crop donation tax credit, which we passed in the last session, in order to bring more farm fresh food directly to hungry families, instead of going through the bureaucracy and inefficiency of government programs, like Oregon Trail Cards. 2. Serious consideration of a bi-partisan bill to correct the states miserable policy in areas of Information Technology and related contracting, that wastes tax payer dollars, not only in the Cover Oregon situation, but in many other state projects in the past. 3. Turning over management of state forests such as the Elliott Forest, to private timber managers for the best in-industry technique, stewardship and high yields. (i.e. Any fixation on Portland-area vehicle emissions is miniscule compared to the pollutants from just one forest fire caused by irresponsible forest management.)
Name three reasons why you are the best candidate for the job: 1. I believe I am the best candidate, because despite the partisan nature of our system, and the challenges of our times, I am committed to doing the very best job in the Oregon House of Representatives for District 18. 2. I am proud of my accomplishments from fighting for fiscal sanity to protecting our most vulnerable citizens, and I am bolstered by the unwavering support of business and industry, especially farms and nurseries where real jobs in our district are created. 3. Of the two choices facing our district in this election, I believe I am the positive choice for advocating on behalf of families and businesses who face regulation and bureaucratic challenges, and that I have the skill set, experience and positive attitude to help craft legislation that makes a real difference and builds a better Oregon.
Hobbies/Interests: Travel, basketball and gardening (actually just cleaning up after my wife, the gardener, when she prunes and trims).
Relevant experience: Precinct committee person, chairman Marion County Republican Central Committee, chairman Oregon Republican Party Legislative Committee, Oregon Citizens Lobby.
Why are you running? I was asked by voters and precinct committee persons in House District 18 to serve as a representative.
What do you think are the three biggest issues facing your district? In speaking with the voters of the district, jobs remain the most important issue facing residents of the district. Many are also concerned about the limbo created by Obamacare, illegal immigration and the erosion of their Constitutionally protected rights in particular, the rights guaranteed under the Second Amendment.
What do you think are the three biggest issues facing Northern Marion County in particular (Hubbard, Aurora, Donald)? Again, jobs remain at the top of the area residents list. As a longtime Hubbard resident, I can say with certainty the economic downturn of the last five years has left many in less than prosperous position.
Many of the municipalities and the school district are struggling to deal with the effects of out of control spending at the state level, which has left local budgets devastated.
What three things would you like to see accomplished if elected? 1. Reduce the size, scope and reach of government. 2. Reduce regulation on farms, timber and other area businesses. 3. Advocate for free market solutions for health care and eliminate taxpayer-funded abortion.
Name three reasons why you are the best candidate for the job: I have lived and worked in the district for over 40 years. I remain a staunch advocate for the voice of the people in state level policy and believe that solutions for most issues can be found in maintaining a principled approach to governance.
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy church and family and all things automotive, cruising, racing and collecting. I'm also a lifelong musician and can still be found playing an occasional live gig.