Why do you think an organization like the League of Minority Voters (LMV) is important?

They can be a watching organization to highlight instances of violations of the constitutionally-protected classes of age, race, sex, national origin, sexual preference, handicap status, and religious belief.

Racism and bigotry still lives on globally. How would you approach dealing with this ongoing issue if elected? 

I would be on the watch for instances of violations of the constitutionally-protected classes of age, race, sex, national origin, sexual preference, handicap status, and religious belief.

Our criminal justice system disproportionately affects communities of color.  What kind of reforms would you advocate for?

I would be on the watch for instances of violations of the constitutionally-protected classes of age, race, sex, national origin, sexual preference, handicap status, and religious belief.

Similarly, environmental injustice impacts low-income communities and communities of color.  What are some examples you have come across in Oregon? How would you address these negative impacts?

I went to Roosevelt High School in north Portland, which was one the most-integrated high schools in Portland, and had a big portion of low-income students.  My four sons also went to Roosevelt High School.  Even today, Roosevelt has 16 different ethnic groups represented in its student body, and has a large number of homeless students.  One homeless person was a friend of my son, so we let him live with us for the last half of his senior year. 

What are you already doing and what will you do for undocumented immigrants and families who are torn apart in our community/nation if you are elected?

I will connect them with available community services.

Civil Rights are the rights of citizens to political and social freedom and equality. However, access to these rights are not always equitable.  What do you think of Affirmative Action policies and protections?  If you’re a supporter, please explain why.

I practiced law in Oregon for 15 years and advised many clients on Affirmative Action, and on political and social freedom and equality.

If elected, what would you advocate for to increase access to education in our communities?

Oregon just passed the Corporate Activities Tax, which will provide about $1.1 billion per year to school districts.

Similarly, if elected, what would you advocate for to increase access to workforce training in our communities? 

Oregon was at 3.8% unemployment before the covid19 virus; I believe we will go back to that level of employment when the pandemic is over.

LMV would like to see an increase of minority leaders engaged in our political processes.  How would you encourage Leadership Development and Civic Engagement in our communities?

I always encourage minority leaders that talk with me about political processes.

What do you think of the following voting initiatives: (1) Same-Day Voters Registration; and (2) National Vote By Mail?

Both would be run by a huge National organization that would be subject to computer viral attacks and abuses. 

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