This issue looks at two incumbents, Steve March and Laurie Monnes-Anderson, and two challengers, Roseburg Steelworker Bruce Cronk and Beaverton professor Mitch Greenlick.
, Monnes-Anderson, and Greenlick don't fit the mold of the traditional union member (and union membership isn't a key part of their identity) they value their association with labor, and union political leaders consider them worthy of support.
Democrat Steve March is considered a sure thing to represent central east side Portland for a second term.House District 46 is overwhelmingly Democratic, and the Republicans failed to nominate anyone; March's only opponent this November is Libertarian Joe Tompkins.Because March occasionally works as a part-time professor of urban studies at Portland State University, he is a member of American Federation of Teachers-Oregon Local 3571.He
had a 100 percent pro-union voting record in the 2001 Legislature, according the Committee On Political Education of the Oregon AFL-CIO
March, 56, was born and raised on a ranch near Sacramento, where he
learned how to ride a horse and herd cattle.He
moved to Bend, Oregon, in 1985 to help some friends build a log cabin, and later went to work for Multnomah County auditor's office developing ways to improve government efficiency.He went to school at Portland State University and earned master's and doctoral degrees in urban studies and gerontology.He serves on the board of the Hollywood Senior Center.His
legislative interests include issues that affect women and senior citizens, utility regulation, land-use planning and education.March
says it has been frustrating to witness the Salem budget debate over the last two years."The state Constitution says that as a legislator, you determine what the needs of the state are and then you provide the necessary revenues."
says, the Republican legislative leadership keeps passing the buck to voters, and then voter rejection of the measures delays a solution to the crisis.
In legislative special session, he
introduced a bill to raise the corporate income tax 1 percent.That would have solved the state's budget crisis, he
said, but with Republicans in charge, the bill went nowhere.He
sees a sales tax or other consumption tax, or possibly a value added tax, as the long-term solution to the state's fiscal woes, but he
would link it to some reduction in income and property taxes, so that the total amount of taxes would not increase for the average Oregonian.