The Pilot asked candidates vying for state government seats to answer a few questions about their vision and goals for their district. These are the answers submitted by each candidate.
Kat Stone, RN
Years in the area: 65
Occupation: Oregon Registered Nurse
Past political/civic experience: 2019 - Present Elected Douglas County Transportation Board Commissioner & 2020 Appointed Secretary, 2018 - Present Appointed Green Water District Board, Douglas County Outdoorsmen Association, Democratic Gun Owner's Caucus
What do you feel are the most important issues facing the state?
Firstly, the economic impact of the recent restrictions placed on Oregonians, especially rural Oregonians to perform work due to the State mandates. Secondly, while rural Oregonian's property taxes have skyrocketed, most people don’t know that between 1990 - 2012 Oregon’s political leadership drastically altered property tax laws for Wall Street Timber corporations. Wall Street Timber had a 90% decrease of property tax, and a 99 percent cut in harvest severance.
Before 1990 this went to fund Public Safety and other rural county services. On real numbers that is a $50 million loss to rural Oregonians every year
How would you try to address those issues?
We need logical and factual solutions to these issues that are based on the numbers and data, not emotions. The first thing I will do is address this foreign control of rural Oregon by creating legislation that protects the primary and sovereign rights of Oregonians. Oregonian's have the right to work, the right for that work to be profitable, and for that profit not to be stolen and misdirected. Rural Oregon is struggling because they haven't had skilled, hard working, or mature representation.
What would you like to accomplish if elected?
When elected I will work hard to represent working Oregon for the first time with solutions based on real economics. We will no longer have a system that serves the elite agenda.
How should the state address the current COVID-19/economic crisis?
Since Oregonians are being forced to stay home it is crucial that they have access to State Unemployment Reserves. It is my opinion that the current application process is intentionally complicated to keep Oregonains from being able to receive the reserves that they have the right to access. I've spoken to many constituents who say they waited over 3 months in many cases to receive their pay and had been unable to cover rent or utilities. It is unconscionable for the State bureaucrats to break Rural Oregonians in this way, while simultaneously forcing mandates restricting us from working. The process for accessing these reserves should be simple, straightforward, transparent, and timely, because people's homes and families are at stake.
What do you feel the relationship should be between state elected representatives and the public?
State representatives should have at least visited the towns and areas of the public that they represent. During my time as a Registered Nurse I have worked in nearly every hospital in Oregon, I grew up on the coast, and have lived in Southwestern Oregon my entire life. I believe that elected officials should act in the best interest of the public that they serve, not corporate interest. Most importantly State Representatives should have to prove their worth to the public by the results that they produce, that is leadership.