Wilsonville resident gives running for office another shot
After scoring 37% of the vote in a primary election against then-House District 26 incumbent Richard Vial in 2018 and running for the United States Senate in 2016, Wilsonville resident Dan Laschober is hoping 2020 will be the year he's elected into public office.
Laschober is running in the Republican primary for the Oregon House of Representatives seat held by State Rep. Courtney Neron, D-Wilsonville.
He considers himself a "pragmatic conservative," and would advocate for the legislature to take more drastic efforts to pay back its Public Employment Retirement Systems (PERS) obligations and for the state to invest in transportation infrastructure projects rather than policies like a cap and trade program to combat climate change.
"It's (cap and trade) a tax on carbon that will have no material effect on the environment and the welfare of people in Oregon," Laschober said.
Laschober also would like to see the emergency clause, which allows legislation to go into effect immediately after being signed by the governor, removed. He said the clause has been overused.
Additionally, Laschober criticized Neron for supporting initiatives like the gross receipts tax to provide more funding for schools and the use of the short legislative session to pass the cap and trade bill. He said the short session was initially designed for emergencies and budget fixes, not sweeping legislation.
Personally, Laschober has lived in Wilsonville for 20 years and his professional background is in finance. He's also worked and lived in Canada and England.
"I think having experience around the world counts. I think financial experience is something that's sorely lacking in Salem," he said.
Laschober said he continues to run for office because he has the time and he believes he could be of service to his district and the state of Oregon.
"I'm going to rely on the strengths I bring: the finance professional background, the ability to work in large organizations and help them make progress," he said. "I use an overarching theme of respect for the voters' will. That when they say no they mean no and when they say yes they mean yes."
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