for Oregon Secretary of State
Occupation: Technical Lead Engineer, Intel Corporation
Occupational Background: Computer microprocessor validation and debug
Educational Background: BS Computer Science, Iowa State University
Prior Governmental Experience: none
Voting for Democrats and Republicans will just result in more of the same kind of disappointing government we already have. It's time to vote for a real change!
I am a liberal on social issues. I believe that government should leave people alone to make their own decisions, even when I disagree with those decisions, so long as they don't infringe upon the individual rights of others or the public safety. I support gay marriage, ideological and cultural diversity, food choice, and liberalizing drug laws. I oppose the militarization of the police force and a legal environment that rarely holds agents of the government responsible for their actions.
I am a conservative on fiscal issues. I believe that even well-intentioned government programs spend wastefully, because no one can be as careful with other peoples' money as they are with their own money. I believe that "targeted" economic incentives are misguided public policy and a smokescreen for special interest favoritism and crony capitalism. Government should create fair rules for everyone and then stay out of the way.
Above all, I am a consistent and principled advocate for personal freedom, individual rights, and legal equality, and I will work to revise or repeal laws at odds with these principles. The purpose of government is to protect individual rights, and it is illegitimate to use government power for any other purpose.
As examples: I would repeal civil asset forfeiture. I would fix our uncompetitive tax structure at the root instead of carving out special interest exceptions. I would limit sovereign immunity. I would reduce licensing and regulatory barriers. I would have a prioritized approach to budgeting, focusing on the essential functions of government, not on mere "worthy causes."
Please see my website and my arguments regarding ballot measures 88 and 90.