Wednesday, October 30, 2002
Redistricting cut Monmouth and Independence off from Dallas in both the state House and Senate Districts.
Depending whom voters select, either Republican Vicki Berger or Democrat Lloyd Kumley will represent Monmouth, Independence and portions of South Salem in House District 20.
Berger's resume includes serving on the Salem-Keizer School Board from 1988 to 1992 and being the first female president of the Salem Family YMCA.
She and her husband, Jerry (former president of Chemeketa Community College) were named First Citizens of Salem by the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce.
Although Berger is a Republican, she said she is similar to State Rep. Lane Shetterly of Dallas. She doesn't see the Legislature as an ideological battle between liberals and conservatives.
Unlike more socially conservative Republicans, she will not use the Legislature to introduce bills against gay marriage and abortion.
"Those are not my issues," Berger said. "My issues are good, efficient government issues."
She is more concerned about paving highways, keeping schools open and maintaining the Oregon Health Plan.
A former small business owner (she started and owned Lazerquick in West Salem), Berger wants to help the state's small and medium-size businesses as a way to stimulate economic growth.
"I don't have all the answers," Berger said. "But I think I know how to ask the right questions."
HOUSE DISTRICT 20
Retired small business owner.
Bachelor of arts degree from the University of Wyoming, 1974; South Salem High School.
Salem-Keizer School Board 1988 to 1992.
Kumley is an attorney and owns and manages Salem child-care centers and pre-schools.
He chairs the Croisan Neighborhood Association in South Salem as well as the Local School Advisory Committee of Salem Heights School.
Kumley said his priorities are stabilizing school finance and preserving Oregon's natural resources by requiring developers to pay their share for new schools, sewers, parks and roads.
Kumley said the Republican leadership in the Legislature is a captive of big-money lobbyists. "I will work to bring about needed changes," he said.
HOUSE DISTRICT 20
Small business owner.
Bachelor of science degree in mathematics, University of California, Santa Barbara; Law degree from Southwestern University.
Croisan Neighborhood Association, Local School Advisory Committee of Salem Heights School, 21st Century Site Council of Salem Heights School.