Who’s gonna represent our fair little burg? Incumbent Dan Rayfield faces three challengers this fall, and we’ve asked for emailed statements—all are unedited.
Dan Rayfield (DEM, IND)
“With so many needs in our community and in Oregon, it’s extremely tough to pick just one priority. However, as a young family, education certainly ranks at the top of our list. It’s the issue that personally touches our lives, and many other people’s lives, each and every day. It’s one of the most important ingredients for a bright future.
While we have made great progress on education over the past two years, like funding all-day kindergarten, there is still much more to do. I want to live in an Oregon that provides our children with highest quality education possible. Specifically, I want to see Oregon continue its investments into our education system. We need to dramatically decrease our student to teacher ratio, fund Career and Technical Education, and boost our early childhood education programs. We also need to make sure we stop saddling college kids with crippling student loan debt that impacts their lives for decades. Education creates opportunity for individuals in life, and I am committed to making sure we provide our children the highest quality education possible.”
Andrew Freborg (LIB)
“The primary thing that I would want to do for the communities of Corvallis and Philomath if I were to be fortunate enough to represent them in Salem is to return as much control to them as is humanly possible. Our state government continues to grow at an unsustainable rate; our legislators pass laws that take control of our communities away from us under the guise of “state of emergency legislation” that prevents the citizens of Oregon from putting it to a vote. As such; our schools, our infrastructure and our communities suffer for it. I am the only candidate running that wants to put a stop to that, to say that you can live your life the way that YOU want to as long as you are not harming anyone else through force or fraud. I will defend ALL of your rights ALL of the time, even when I disagree with you, because if I can’t stand for your rights then, I can’t claim to stand for them ever. I am the only candidate running who wishes to reign in the out of control tax and spend policies that have us spiraling towards oblivion. In short, I trust you.”
Sami Al-AbdRabbuh (PRO)
“Since I decided to call Corvallis my home, I have worked to build bridges between people. Today, I want to expand the conversations about education, PERS, climate change, and healthcare to include all stakeholders. Just like what I did when I interviewed hundreds of people in Corvallis and across the nation for the Humans Of Corvallis photo blog.
The future of our kids and youth is at risk because they are not getting the support they need. College affordability, vocational education and training, and school enrichment programs are my priorities for 2017-2018.
I am committed to invest in the local economy and reduce the unfunded liabilities for PERS. My plans include the introduction of a state public bank and other reforms that don’t mess with the life savings of our public employees.
My actions are consistent with my beliefs. I am the only candidate in the race who is for Measure 97 and is taking zero dollars from companies. I want to work for your interests and not be biased by any corporation’s contributions.
Your vote for me holds me accountable to you. My main mission is to be the megaphone who carries your concerns and ambitions to Salem.”
Judson McClure (REP)