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October 09, 2012
POLK COUNTY -- A boost for small businesses to usher the state out of its economic quagmire is a chief talking point for both candidates vying for State Senate District 12.
Incumbent Sen. Brian Boquist
District 12 represents parts of Polk, Marion, Yamhill, Benton and Linn counties, including the towns of Dallas, Falls City, McMinnville and Harrisburg.
"I've learned even if you have a more conservative or libertarian background, you can still reach all kinds of compromises across the aisle that promote good public policy," Boquist said.
Boquist, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who runs a transportation and aviation business and an ammunition manufacturing company in Eastern Oregon, said there will be federal program funding cuts totaling 8 to 12 percent next year, and corresponding cuts to individual states.
Coupled with PERS rate increases and other shortfalls, "the federal fiscal cliff is an Oregon fiscal cliff, too."
More jobs are needed and a short-term fix for small businesses is capital, either forcing banks to start loaning
Should he be re-elected, Boquist said his first proposal of the session will be trying to fix the foreclosure mediation process.
"Judges are already overwhelmed, so we need to get it out of the courtroom or into a summary judgment form they can handle quickly," he said.
Frank, a Dayton City Councilor with a background in marketing, management and retail, said her platform includes small businesses assistance and education reform.
She said she wants to start cutting development and other incentives for large corporations or special interests and utilize those on smaller businesses and farms instead.
"We've been counting on (incentives) for bringing us jobs and that isn't happening," she said.
She also wants to see trade skills programs incorporated into schools.
"We've hollowed out the middle class and if you're not on an academic track after high school, you're screwed," she said. "We have to educate our population in order to create the jobs and the economy that we want."
Frank, a Linfield College graduate and member of the Yamhill County Democrats, said she feels she's the best candidate because she can relate to what Oregonians are going through during the recession.
"I'm living paycheck to paycheck, too, and I know what they're facing," she said. "We need these people to start representing at the state level."
Name: Brian Boquist.
Party affiliation: Republican.
What do you see as the biggest issue in your district, particularly Polk County? "(Oregon) Land Conservation and Development Commission laws, especially how wineries are treated, the O&C rundown of lost revenue and the cuts to county programs run by the county for the state.
"The major problem with future cuts is that Polk County has learned to run lean, but will not see any benefits from its efforts from the state."
Name: Annette Frank.
Party affiliation: Democrat.
What do you see as the biggest issue in your district, particularly Polk County? "Good family wage paying jobs and education. There need to be skills and trades we can teach in high school so that graduates can go to work, whether or not they're college bound. We've taken away from those areas all in the name of saving money."