Integrity – Fiscal Responsibility – Independent Voice
Hello. I am Peter Nordbye. I am a Democratic candidate for House District 52 in the 2012 Primary.
My campaign is unique. I will only accept campaign donations to a maximum of $50.00 per legal resident of House District 52 per year.
I will not accept donations from corporations, special interest groups or political action committees. This is unprecedented in an era where well-funded special interest groups, often from outside the District and the State, routinely determine the outcome of elections and how you are represented.
When you vote for me, you are electing a person dedicated to serving the residents of House District 52, not from special interests from the outside. I am a progressive Democrat, but I will listen to all constituents.
My decisions will be based solely upon my values and the merits of a given issue. I will make my decisions based upon what is best for residents of House District 52 and the State of Oregon. I will not be bound by political or financial obligations other than those to individual constituents of House District 52 and the State of Oregon.
No other candidate can come close to making this claim.
As your State Representative, I will:
- Support strong transparent government,
- Work for living-wage job creation,
- Promote Business/government partnerships,
- Encourage innovation to strengthen public education,
- Protect the environment while utilizing our natural resources’ responsibly,
- Provide equal opportunity for all to achieve the American Dream.
We need to maintain and build our communities’ infrastructure to ensure we draw and develop business and creative enterprise. We need members of the Oregon House who believe in building a strong efficient government that serves The People, not members seeking to destroy government. We need to advocate for businesses that seek to develop our local economies. We need to return to building a robust middle class that can support the efforts of small business. We need a government which does the business of the People differently. I will work for all the constituents of House District 52.
In the short form, I consider myself a progressive democrat. My values are consistent with most progressives I have met.
I feel particularly strongly about the value of public education. As I grew up, my family did not have much money.
The opportunities afforded me by public education helped me to escape a life of poverty.
I feel very strongly that, as Americans, we have responsibility to support and provide opportunities to those most in need.
I feel strongly that we all must have reasonable access and the opportunity to achieve a living wage and to retire with dignity.
I believe that what makes our country strong is that we have the opportunity to pursue the “American Dream.” I believe that the Dream has waned and diminished for many of our citizens.
I believe the purpose of government is to help create conditions so that each one of might pursue our dream. The 14th Amendment to the Constitution serves as a cornerstone to my belief system. Equal protection under the law for all is something I will fight for.
Our basic freedoms are described in the United States Constitution and must be protected at all costs. As we individually pursue our personal freedoms, we must do so without infringing on the basic freedoms of others.
Equality and Inclusion
A founding principle of our country is that all citizens are equal under the law. The 14th Amendment to the Constitution clarifies that we are not only all equal, but we are all equally protected under the law. The 14th Amendment ensures the rights of all citizens regardless of race, religion, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or other factors.
In the United States, we are all a part of a greater community. We all share responsibility to ensure each and every citizen has an equal opportunity to access the American Dream. As Americans, we have always shared an interdependence of values and needs. That interdependence is much more significant with the advances in technology and transportation. A difficult balance must be struck between the rights of the individual versus the common good of all of our citizens.
Every citizen has the right to a quality education not only from preschool through high school but also including college or trade school.
Every citizen should be treated the same under the law.