Mary Kremer gets AG endorsement

From Mary Kremer Campaign Press Release,

Lake Oswego, OR — AG-PAC, a coalition of natural resource advocates, has endorsed Mary Kremer in her effort to represent State Senate District 19. AG-PAC helps elect state legislators that believe natural resource communities are part of Oregon’s economic vitality.
“Oregon has some of the most abundant and diverse natural resources in the world,” said Kremer. “The opportunity to responsibly manage those resources for the long term economic well-being of Oregon is one of our greatest advantages over other states and nations. Protecting and nurturing the natural resources community means we can put more Oregon families back to work.”
Kremer sees the natural resources community as an important piece to accomplishing her number one priority: creating jobs for Oregonians. Diverse job opportunities are necessary if a diverse population is going to have the opportunity to succeed. Empowering the natural resources community is an important way to diversify the state’s economic foundation and provide new job opportunities for Oregonians. If Oregon is going to support it’s natural resource community, Kremer realizes that policy changes must take place.

“Hundreds of thousands of Oregon families are hurting because they can’t find work of any kind right now,” said Kremer. “By supporting and encouraging key sectors of our economy, like natural resources, we can give these families the opportunity to rejoin the workforce.”
For the last twenty years, Mary has been raising her kids, volunteering in the schools, serving on the boards of local charities, teaching high school students in the inner city and feeding our city’s homeless teenagers.

In 2009, Mary for the first time got involved in the legislative process when she took a job coordinating the parents of students who attend Oregon’s largest virtual school, Oregon Connections Academy Parent’s Association. The job put her in the middle of the most controversial issue of the 2009 session. This experience motivated her to get even more involved.

Twenty years ago, Mary Kremer was an investment banker in Chicago. As a Vice President at Salomon Brothers, she worked with state and local governments as well as consulted with pension funds. In order to focus on their family, she and her family moved to Oregon where Rob grew up.

For more information visit Mary’s website at www.vote4mary.com.

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  • politically interested

    Sounds like she has no political experience what so ever. The only experience she has is with Salomon Brothers which became part of Citigroup which required government BAILOUT.

  • John Fairplay

    and politically ignorant as well, apparently. Two decades ago, dude. Please try and grab at least one clue before you die.

  • Not Her Friend

    Any sort of eco-nazi endorsement for a politician should be enough of a warning to never support such an economic idiot. This woman is simply a greenie scumbag. Avoid at all costs.

    • Rob DeHarpport

      Wow! Where did the three of you crawl out from? She makes perfect sense if you have any basic reading comprehension. She is saying that we need to reform the policies that have shut down natural resource extraction!! Stuff like logging, Currently in Oregon we only harvest 3.79 billion board feet of timber per year. That is only 60% of annual growth. On our National Forest in Oregon due to radical Federal Policy we only harvest .30% of total annual growth. Natural mortality is .76%. Net growth is 2.9 billion board feet.
      If we only doubled current harvest on our National Forest we would only be at appx. 1/5 of 1989 harvest levels on National Forest. Take a drive out in your National Forest and see the wasted renewable resources rotting before our eyes. That is if you can find a road that has not been gated as a “de facto” wilderness area. In 1986 Oregon harvested nearly 9 billion board feet on private, state and Federal lands. Today appx. 4 billion BF.
      We can preserve our Wilderness Areas AND manage our forest in a responsible, sustainable manner if allowed. Not likely under this current bunch in DC, they would rather it all burned I guess.

      • valley p

        1) State legislators do not make federal forest policy. Never have and never will. If she were running for Congress, then she would have a point on raising federal forest timber harvest as an issue. As a state legislator she could not influence that policy one bit.

        2) Prices for Doug fir and pretty much all other native timber species are at historic lows. There is near zero demand and a surplus of timber internationally. Why would we want to cut more trees than the market wants? Just because they are there?

        3) Yes, there is a lot of timber growing on federal lands. But much of it, most if it is in rugged, remote terrain and is very expensive and damaging to harvest and haul out of the woods. There is a difference between trees growing on deep soils at low elevations and trees growing on steep rocky slopes above 3000 feet.

        4) Trees left standing are not “wasted.” Nature does not waste. It all gets used, and trees “just standing there” are doing a job for us by storing carbon, protecting the soil, providing habitat, and preserving the beauty of the state. Forests left alone produce clean water, native fish, and tourism.

        5) The old days are not coming back. There is very little public support for going back to 1980s era logging levels on national forests. And if you went back a few decades farther, you would have had near zero timber harvest on public lands. So “historic” harvest levels are simply a matter of which decade you pick.

        6) The modern timber industry is highly mechanized. It takes far fewer workers to harvest and process the same amount of timber as it did a few decades back. That means we cannot ever get back to anything close to historic employment levels in the woods even if we did match 1980s ear over harvest rates.

        Drop the timber beast nostalgia. You are just peeling scabs off of old wounds. Move on.

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