To distinguish between pre-packaged, unprepared candidates and those who are knowledgeable enough to deserve being elected, it’s best to see the people up close and watch them respond to challenging questions. I recently had such an opportunity at a forum for Democratic State Senate candidates.
Sometimes voters get confusing or misleading information in voters’ pamphlets, and this is the best way to verify for ourselves. I was puzzled by the Sierra Club endorsement of one candidate when I knew Jeff Golden was the most experienced and effective choice for the environment. I called the Portland Sierra Club office to find out how they had made this mistake. They apologized for being short-staffed and for not tracking down a response from Jeff, who had been traveling outside the country when they sent their survey.
Of course, Kevin Stine would like Jeff Golden to step out of the race for the Senate District 3 seat. Golden is the best candidate for that position and has name recognition. He has written of his political position for many years. Of the other candidates, he is the only one I feel I know.
Many of us lament the effects of money in politics, “money as free speech.” Jeff has decided that the only way to change is to change by not accepting money from any organization, PAC or business, even those with whom he agrees. Of course, that means that he needs more dollars from us — ordinary voters. I choose to support the change I wish to see. I am voting for Jeff Golden.
“Golden knows a lot, both about the issues and about Salem politics, having been Chief of Staff to the former state senate president. That means a lot to me and I suspect many other voters, but I recognize its limitations. Legislative bodies want loyal soldiers, not independent thinkers. I expect to vote for Jeff Golden because I favor the muddling and complications of a few independent thinker and Golden would be one of those, not a soldier.”
I endorse Jeff Golden for reasons already presented on this page. He deported himself with dignity and fairness as a county commissioner when the Medford lumber companies were selling out and he was offering helpful solutions for labor, management and the land. He gives blood at Red Cross drives.
Isn’t it curious how time and again nationwide the Democratic Party “finds” ways of discrediting truly progressive candidates, i.e. those candidates who vow not to take PAC money and be beholden to vested interests?
Jeff Golden understands the need for progressive, pragmatic state leadership, especially in these times of chaos in Washington. When it comes to pushing for universal health care, responsibly addressing climate change or creating programs that lessen economic injustice, Jeff could become a powerful, effective voice in Salem.