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Voter Advocate (1992 – 2020)

Posted by on September 7, 2019


I’m not a politician, I’m an activist. An “activist” works to change the political environment so that ‘politicians” feel compelled to react.

For the recent elections listed below, official election returns and online versions of the “Oregon Voters’ Pamphlet” can be found at the website of the Oregon Secretary of State. For some of the oldest elections (1994), election returns are tabulated in the “Oregon Blue Book”. The voters pamphlet for these early years is probably available in the official archives. The court case Wells v. Kiesling was tried in the U.S. District Court of Portland. The official records can be found there.

1992 Independent Candidate for U.S. Senate.

“It is possible to have a moderate to liberal view on social issues and be a fiscal conservative at the same time.”
Election Flier (pdf)
Wells v. Kiesling Judgement and Order (pdf)

1994 Candidate for Governor (D)

“I am not a Democrat. I am an Independent.  …  Did you know that an Independent candidate for governor must submit over 14,000 signatures to qualify for the ballot? … I paid $100 to qualify for this election as a Democrat, and I did not collect a single signature.”
Oregon Voters’ Pamphlet Statement (pdf)

1996 Candidate for Secretary of State (R)

“I am not a Republican either. I am still an Independent. …  Independent voters are forced to register as either moderate Democrats or Republicans to participate in a primary. About half register Republican and half register Democrat. As a result, moderate voters are outnumbered in both primaries.”
Oregon Voters’ Pamphlet Statement (pdf)

1998 Candidate for Governor (D)

“I vote Democrat for governor and president, and I vote
Republican for US and Oregon House seats. … This insures the two sides will block each other. The Democrats can’t enact any new spending programs and they are stuck fixing the programs we already have. Republicans, On the other hand, cannot enact socially regressive legislation or gut our environmental laws.”
Oregon Voters’ Pamphlet Statement (pdf)

2000 Candidate for Secretary of State (R)

“The election system in Oregon and across the nation is failing. Increasingly, the two-party primary system doesn’t guarantee victory for the best candidates. The Republican primary in particular, is a killing field for electable Republicans.”
Oregon Voters’ Pamphlet Statement (pdf)

2004 Candidate for Secretary of State (D)

“The Supreme Court will eventually strike down partisan elections in Oregon because basic civil rights are violated. We can’t have democracy without free elections and we don’t have free elections in Oregon.” 
Oregon Voters’ Pamphlet Statement (pdf)

2008 Candidate for Secretary of State (D)

“In 1988, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled that candidates
for public office could be segregated by party affiliation, … Even school children know – the “separate but equal doctrine” is a sham.”
Oregon Voters’ Pamphlet Statement (pdf)

2012 Candidate for Secretary of State (D)

“This “private” Democratic primary is financed entirely with “public” money. Doesn’t the Oregon Constitution require the same subsidy for all candidates?”
Oregon Voters’ Pamphlet Statement (pdf)

2016 Candidate for Secretary of State (IPO)

“Minority rights are enforced by our courts – not by initiative petition, and the Secretary of State should represent all voters.”
Oregon Voters’ Pamphlet Statement (pdf)