About Paul Evans House Distrct 20 State Representative
Heroes are not giant statues framed against a red sky; they are people who say this is my community. It is my responsibility to make it better.— Tom McCall
Friends and Neighbors,
This website is for you. It is a one-stop resource for my campaign for the Oregon House District 20. My hope is to give you and your family the information you need to make your final decision in November of 2016.
For most of my life, I have sought to contribute to my community through service. I have served as a city councilor, a mayor, a school board member, a volunteer firefighter and as a member of our Armed Forces. In 2014 the people of House District 20 gave me the privilege of serving in a new capacity: as our State Representative.
I ran for the Oregon House of Representatives because I believed, then and now, that Oregon should guarantee opportunity for all our citizens. The opportunity to work hard and provide a better life from themselves and their families. The opportunity of a safe environment and the protection of our most basic civil liberties and rights. These opportunities were represented in my campaign platform—support for small businesses, support for our veterans and better education for our kids.
This past year I had the honor of working with legislators from around this beautiful state on a number of our key priorities: a historic education budget of $7.4 billion (which includes full day kindergarten for all), paid sick leave, retirement security, pay transparency, assistance with childcare and increased seismic protection. I arrived at the state capitol ready to work for the health, safety and well-being of my constituency, and while we made progress on these issues, our work is far from done.
I want to thank my constituents, my network of volunteers and all of the community members that supported me during the 2014 race and since I have been in office. Your help has encouraged and humbled for me these last two years.
Lastly, I ask that those who are able to continue to offer support please do so. Whether with your time or through a contribution to my re-election campaign effort, please do what you can; everything helps.
Listed below are some of our accomplishments this legislative session.
• The 2015 legislature has approved $1 million in Career Technical Education for North Salem High School to help students build the skills they need to have success in hands on careers.
• It is clear that we as a community need to have a difficult conversation about energy and transportation. New research needs to be done to see how we can efficiently and effectively move people and commerce in a safe way. To further that goal, LBCC’s Advanced Transportation Technology Center will receive $1.5 million in funding.
• The Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) will receive $350,000 to fund the “College Inside” program. This money will help provide skills for men and women before transitioning back into our communities after paying their debts for past crimes. It is a proven program that reduces recidivism rates while providing a second chance at life.
• Lastly, I am grateful we were able to secure nearly $6 million for the Natural Science building rehabilitation and improvement for our own Western Oregon University.
Business and Labor:
• HB 3303 will permit the Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity (OBID) to certify businesses that service-disabled veterans own as business enterprises that are eligible for preference in public contracting.
• In an attempt to invigorate our local communities and economy I helped to push for more free fishing days in Oregon. This year the Legislature doubled the number of license-free fishing days from two (2) to four (4) helping families afford to discover the beauty and passion for outdoor life we take for granted through HB 3459B.
• HB 2838, one of my priorities this legislative session, creates a taskforce to research incarcerated veterans and propose solutions for possible outreach to mitigate this problem.
• This year the legislature approved $1 million increase in outreach for County Veterans’ Service Officers (CVSOs) through the Veterans’ Budget ($500,000) and through HB 5507 the “Christmas Tree Bill” ($500,000).
• HB 3479 kept a promise made in 2009 by the Governor’s Task Force on Veterans’ Services through the creation of a dedicated position for women veterans’ coordination. Even though it took longer than we hoped, this critical investment is a real “win” for our veterans’ community.
• In an effort to successfully protect DHS employees from aggressive behavior, which sometimes occurs as a result of their work, the legislature passed HB 3391: the Anti-Stalking bill.
• SB 85 helps local governments to facilitate private-public partnerships for seismic rehabilitation. This will be crucial, as geologists continually tell us that the big one is coming.
• In addition to SB 85, the legislature approved a budget that provides $175 million for seismic rehabilitation for K-12 schools statewide and $125 for other public buildings.
The Interim, 2016 and Beyond:
• In an effort to increase transparency and build community trust in local government, I will be working with interested parties on developing a measure for introduction in the 2017 Legislature establishing a tool for better understanding voting histories.
• A second policy that I will pursue is an Elections Panel. This group will consist of both Democrats and Republicans who will be tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that claims made by candidates for office in Oregon are true and lists the number of false claims in the voters’ pamphlet.
Again, thank you for the opportunity to be your Representative. Your support has been a great source of inspiration and encouragement for me during the long legislative session.
Representative Paul Evans
Oregon House District 20