Official On-Line Voters’ Guide
november 6, 2018
*Baker County reproduces statements or arguments exactly as they are provided by the Candidate or Committee with exception to formatting changes for the purposes of this guide. Baker County does not make corrections including spelling and grammatical errors nor does the county warrant the accuracy or truth of the statements herein. Printing of the statements in this guide does not constitute an endorsement by the County of Baker.
Table of Contents
*County/City Statements and Measures appear in the order printed on ballot. Not all candidates submitted statements*
BAKER COUNTY CANDIDATES
Page 3- Stefanie Kirby
COUNTY COMMISSIONER, POSITION # 3
Page 4 – Bruce Nichols
Page 5- Bill Harvey
BAKER CITY CANDIDATES
Page 6- Raymond G (Rick) Rienks
Page 7- Carly Annable
Page 8- Ken C Gross
Page 9- Lynette Perry
Page 10- Doni Bruland
Page 11- Daryl DeMoss
SUMPTER CITY CANDIDATES
Page 12- Samantha Rowan
BAKER COUNTY MEASURE
Page 13- 1-84: Baker County Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance
SUMPTER CITY MEASURE
Page 14- 1-85: Shall the City of Sumpter Ban Marijuana Business
HAINES CITY MEASURES
Page 15- 1-86: Prohibits Commercial Marijuana Facilities in Haines, Oregon
Page 16- 1-87: Authorizing Three Percent Tax on Cannabis Retailers, Manufacturers and By-Products
UNITY CITY MEASURE
Page 17- 1-89: Prohibits Certain Marijuana Registrants and/or Licensees in Unity, Oregon.
BAKER SCHOOL DISTRICT 5J MEASURE
Page 18- 1-88: Bonds To Improve Safety, Expand Vocational Opportunities, Address Enrollment Levels
Occupation: Deputy Clerk (Elections)/Management Assistant for the Baker County Clerk’s Office.
Occupational Background: Over fourteen years of public and private sector work experience includes: Self Sufficiency Case Worker for Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS); 911 Dispatcher for Baker County Consolidated Dispatch Center; Medical Clinic Receptionist; Retail Associate; Property Rental Associate; and Bank Teller.
Educational Background: High school diploma received from Bend Senior High School (Bend, OR) and initial year of college courses completed at Central Oregon Community College. Professional education and training includes: Basic Telecommunications Academy at DPSST; Oregon Board of Property Tax Appeals; Elections Training; and a multitude of other job-related specialized training events.
Prior Governmental Experience: My commitment to the public through government service has included my current position in the Baker County Clerk’s Office; Public Safety 911 Dispatcher; and DHS Case Worker.
Optional: As a first-time candidate, I am fulfilling a goal that started when I initially started as a Deputy Clerk for Baker County. I find the work rewarding and important to the people of the County. We are fortunate to maintain the historical records and the documented history that we do, and, being a part of the elections process is something that I respect, value and enjoy wholeheartedly. I understand and will continue to improve upon the position of County Clerk and will be a committed voice for the people of Baker County. I believe in the transparency of government and in community education with regard to the responsibilities of the Clerk’s Office. I made Baker County my home in 2005 and am continually grateful that I did. I am a working wife, mother, daughter, and friend to many, who is blessed to be a part of such a wonderful community. I am asking for your support and your vote to elect me, Stefanie Kirby, for your next Baker County Clerk.
County Commissioner, Position # 3
Occupation: Baker County Commissioner, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Owner Nichols and Mitchell, CPAs, PC, Baker City, OR
Occupational Background: Baker County Commissioner, CPA, US Air Force
Educational Background: B.S. Business and Economics, Eastern Oregon State College, 1979
Prior Governmental Experience: Current Baker County Commissioner, Governmental and Non-profit consulting, managing, budgeting and auditing.
Optional Information: Member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Oregon Society of Certified Public Accountants; Priorities – transparency at all levels of government, public safety, economic development; I am well suited for the tasks of a County Commission chair person. My government and private business experience, coupled with fiscally conservative management, will serve the County well. I view all of the Commissioner positions as part of a team that includes other elected officials, department heads and their staff, advisory committees as well as other elected officials throughout the county. Successful leadership requires a well-managed team striving to reach a common goal; My many years of experience working with government agencies and agricultural land owners gives me the insight that agriculture, timber, mining and tourism are the backbone of Eastern Oregon’s fragile economy. Baker County needs to expand its opportunities with small businesses, start-up businesses and mid-sized manufacturing businesses. I will encourage County and City officials to eliminate unnecessary restrictions and fees on businesses in order to help establish a stronger small business economy to partner more effectively with the agriculture and timber industries; I support partnering with regional community colleges and high school education programs that are necessary to build and strengthen our foundation of employable individuals. The education of our work force is not only critical to both Baker County businesses and industries but also to the well-being of Baker County’s citizenry; I will continue to be an advocate for: 1. Baker County’s cities, fire districts, irrigation districts and all special districts within the county. 2. Fiscal responsibility, economic development, use of our natural resources, and care of public lands. 3. Law enforcement and other emergency services, health care, senior citizens, and veterans. 4. Our wildlife and scenic beauty.
County Commissioner, Position # 3
Occupation: 3+ years Baker County Commission Chair; 30 years Bill Harvey Custom Builder, Inc ~ Building Contractor – currently part time; 20 years Owner of Rock Creek Developments, LLC
Occupational Background: 38 + years self-employed building Contractor
Educational Background: High School Diploma; Community College courses – Drafting and Business management
Prior Governmental Experience: Twelve (12) years Baker County Planning Commission including Chairman; Baker County Nuisance Committee Chairman; Baker City Advisory Board to the Planning Department; Baker City Advisory to Building Inspector Selection Committee; Advisory to Baker Middle and High School Student Building Programs
Optional Information: I am seeking a second term to the Baker County Commission Chair position #3. I have spent many years working with local, state and federal government agencies on programing and planning with regards to Natural Resources. Baker County has made great progress and the momentum needs to continue so that we can accomplish the goals that have been developed. This is vital to the Economic Stability of Baker County and its citizens.
Raymond G. (Rick) Rienks
City Council, Baker City
Occupation: Retired Businessman/Astronomer
Occupational Background: US Navy Veteran, 1961-1967; Business owner after discharge, various enterprises; American Federation of Musicians shop steward and Licensed booking agent; Yacht broker; Employed by TSJC Gunsmithing Department; Custom knife maker and blacksmith; Knife-making instructor; Published author – internationally and domestically; Race Committee Banderas Bay International Regatta; Fencing Instructor in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico and Crossroads in Baker City; Astronomer and Solar Researcher; Taught astronomy classes at Baker City Library; Presented “Starry Night” program at Oregon Trail Interpretive Center for five years
Educational Background: Graduated high school in 1961, US Armed Forces Institute College GED; two year Trinidad State Junior College certificate program; US Coast Guard courses: “Small Boat Handling” “Sailing and Seamanship” “Navigation at Sea:
Prior Governmental Experience: US Naval Aviation – NAS Dallas and NAS Alameda; Baker City Planning Commission
Optional Information: For a governing body to be successful it must remember that the citizens are the government. City council members represent the citizen’s voice and must make wise decisions to benefit the community. Under their direction the city employees carry out the tasks which are needed to maintain the unique identity of the city.
I will need each of you to help me if I am elected to the City Council. I have spoken to many of you on the streets, in your businesses and socially when we meet. You have expressed your reasonable concerns. I hope you will continue to chat with me when you feel there are issues that are important. We benefit from remembering each of us has a voice that deserves to be heard, a perspective that needs to be considered. We also have children who deserve our guidance and protection from temporary winds of social change. Basic values and adults built this country - we need to remind each other of these facts.
City Council, Baker City
Occupation: Director, Baker Heritage & Adler House Museums, Baker County
Occupational Background: Tour Center Coordinator at the Samuel Adams Brewery in Boston, Massachusetts; Teller at Community Bank in Baker City, Oregon
Educational Background: Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from State University of New York College at Geneseo; Master of Business Administration from Quinnipiac University
Prior Governmental Experience: I am currently employed at Baker County and am a Department head.
Optional Information: Baker City is truly a special place, and I am grateful to call it my home. During my time here, and through my role as Director of the Baker Heritage and Adler House Museums, I have come to appreciate the area’s historic roots. I feel lucky to live in a city where the pioneering spirit, an appreciation for hard work, and a desire to give back to the community are all very much present in daily life. I would appreciate the opportunity to continue to give back Baker City as a member of City Council. If elected, I will focus on keeping Baker City a welcoming place for families, continue to promote Baker City as a great place for tourism, and give a voice to the next generation of Baker City residents who may not currently feel represented by the City Council.
Ken C Gross
City Council, Baker City
Occupation: I now work at Oregon Telephone Corp. where I help develop and sell internet based services. I have the opportunity to work with all different facets of a company from construction to selling the end product. It has been and continues to be a great teaching tool dealing with technology and the stronger role it plays as a part of our lives.
Occupational Background: I moved to Baker City in the winter of 2002 to manage Home Furnishings Liquidator, a family business. The store was successful and by the time I left the family business I was running all 3 of them as the general manager. We opened RadioShack and operated it for about 4 years as part of the community. I am grateful for the fact that work brought me to this great community and immersed me into it. My staff and I had participated in Miner’s Jubilee and sponsored several events, including Little League baseball.
Educational Background: I graduated from Boise State University with a bachelor’s degree in finance. I worked through college at Home Furnishings Liquidator and Les Schwab to support myself and avoid debt.
Prior Governmental Experience: While having no elected government experience, my role at Oregon Telephone Corp. requires me to work with communities where I present material to city councils and county courts in an effort to improve internet connectivity.
Optional Information: I am married with 3 sons. I have been a part of the community for 16 years. I have been a scout master and worked with the youth, ages 12-18, for many years. I am active in my church. People would categorize me as conservative.
While I may not know the answer for every situation I will do my best to work for the community of Baker City. I am grateful for the opportunity to live here. Thank you for considering me as a candidate for the city council.
City Council, Baker City
Occupation: Retired; Treasurer and Event Planner for Baker City Events.
Occupational Background: Baker City Herald: Multi-Medi Marketing Executive 1986-2017; Volunteer Event Planner 1987-Present; Retail Sales; Direct Marketing; Baker County Court Recorder; Secretary; Waitress; Lutheran Church Secretary; Oregonian Distribution Dealerships in Baker City, LaGrande and Burns.
Educational Background: (1965) Baker High School, (1966) California Night Schools, GED; 1977 Graduate of Oregon State’s Pilot Program of accelerated two-year Secretarial Science Course completed in 16 weeks. Various sales and management seminars and training. Graduate of Ford Family Institute Leadership Training.
Prior Governmental Experience: None
Optional Information: I love our community and want to serve. I wish to be “the people’s voice” on the council. If elected I welcome emails of concerns or suggestions: . I believe in the golden rule, protecting our rights, respect for all, avoiding waste, maintaining a budget, and preserving our community values.
Awards: 2009 Baker County Woman of the Year; 2014 Oregon Festivals & Events Association Ovation Award for Music Event of the Year for Powder River Music Review Weekly Summer Concert Series; 2016 Baker County Legacy Woman of the Year.
Current Community Volunteer Involvement: Co-founder of “Baker City Events” nonprofit group; Organizer of Powder River Music Review, Kids Parade, Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt (1995 to present) and ESP Award Program; Co-Coordinator of Annual August Community Night Out Event (2001 to present). Member of Church Council at the First Lutheran Church.
Past Volunteer Involvement: Board member of eight-year project: Bring Back the Bandstand; Powder River Pavilion completed in 2015 in Geiser-Pollman Park; Officer for Soroptimist International Baker County in each Board position and chairman of many committees; Board member of MayDay and volunteer on MayDay fund raising; Volunteer and president of the local American Cancer Society; Board member of Crossroads Arts Center; Team member of Baker County Prevention Coalition; Board positions of BPW and JayCettes; And more volunteer work in past 50 years.
City Council, Baker City
Occupation: Baker County Natural Resources Coordinator
Occupational Background: I have worked in the Natural Resources and Agricultural industries as a private consultant, the Baker County Association of Conservation Districts, and as a Pesticide Investigator and Water Quality Specialist for the State of Oregon to design projects and find solutions for sustaining natural resource use and improving agricultural efficiency.
Educational Background: Baker High School; Eastern Oregon State College; Boise State University
Prior Governmental Experience: Current Chair of the Baker County Natural Resources Advisory Committee; Baker County Planning Commission; Baker City Parks Board
Optional Information: I was born, grew up, graduated, and raised my family in Baker City. My priorities are the protection, maintenance, and enhancement of the unique environment and lifestyle of our City. We need to focus on things that matter; protecting our water supply, upgrading and maintaining our streets, improving enforcement of our current codes and ordinances, and promoting our local businesses. By refocusing demands, I will take a hard look at rates, fees, and expenses to increase efficiency and accountability of the City’s budget. It’s time to live within our means. I believe in open and transparent processes and honest governance. I wish to join the Council to restore a sense of trust and integrity and advocate on behalf of the community to preserve and improve our quality of life.
City Council, Baker City
Occupation: General Manager, Miller’s Lumber and Truss
Occupational Background: 20 years construction experience working in commercial & industrial pipefitting and plumbing; 4 ˝ years in retail management at Miller’s Lumber and Truss
Educational Background: Wasatch High School; Master Plumber and Journeyman Pipefitter Utah Pipe Trades Apprenticeship Program; Associates of Applied Sciences, Salt Lake Community College
Prior Governmental Experience: None
City Mayor, Sumpter
Occupational Background: Retail, Nursing, Mom/Homemaker
Educational Background: High school, some college
Prior Governmental Experience: Three years council
Optional Information: I’m running for the Mayor of Sumpter because I want to: change the hateful and deceitful narrative that has been spread by a handful of people for years, work with the city staff instead of against them, help with implementing the DEQ (sewer) and OHA/OAWU (water) mandated upgrades and requirements, not ignore them, bring back the sense of community and friendliness of the Sumpter I grew up in.
Sumpter has always been a bit crazy and different, but the past few years I have seen unnecessary difficulties cause by a few who seem to actually want Sumpter to become a real ghost town. The citizens have the right to use the city’s properties to earn revenue and provide people with places to have the Flea Markets, family reunions, weddings, runners, bicyclists, vintage trailer shows and much, much more. It’s ours!
The businesses depend on those events, without successful businesses Sumpter cannot meet head on the growth in our future. Sumpter now has three successful artists with galleries. The dispensaries have brought in tax revenue for the 2017 calendar year of $34,559.96 which has surpassed the approximately $22,000.00 annually in property taxes. Sumpter is on a good path. We need to continue on this path.
We are changing, this past year over 50 properties have changed hands in the city limits, and new people mean change and growth. We can’t bury or heads and keep doing the same things, spreading hate and discontent and putting a stop to the things that have made Sumpter unique. Enough with the negative narrative from people who doing nothing to help raise our standard of living and improve our quality of life. It has to end this year.
Together we can Make Sumpter Great Again.
Vote for me, Samantha Rowan, as your next Mayor.
COUNTY WIDE MEASURE
Measure 1-84 Baker County Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance
Question: Shall Baker County enact an ordinance that prohibits any infringement of the right to keep and bear arms?
Statement: This measure would create an ordinance that would prohibit the use of Baker County government funds, facilities and/or employees for the purpose of enforcing and element of any acts, laws, orders, mandates, rules or regulations that infringe on the right of the people to keep and bear arms. This ordinance would require the Sheriff of Baker County to review federal, state and local laws affecting firearms, firearms accessories, and/or ammunition and determine whether they violate the United States and Oregon Constitutions. This ordinance would prohibit Baker County Government from enforcing any law that restricts the right of the people to possess firearms, firearm accessories, and/or ammunition. Approval of the ordinance would subject people or corporations who violate this ordinance to a fine up to $2,000 for an individual and $4,000 for a corporation.
Result of a YES vote: A YES vote would enact an ordinance that prohibits any infringement of the right to keep and bear arms.
Result of a NO vote: A NO vote would NOT enact an ordinance that prohibits and infringement of the right to keep and bear arms.
CITY MEASURE: SUMPTER CITY ONLY
Measure 1-85 Shall the City of Sumpter Ban Marijuana Business
Question: Shall the City of Sumpter ban medical marijuana processing sites, dispensaries and recreational marijuana producers, wholesalers and retailers and declare an emergency?
Statement: Passing this ordinance would prohibit the establishment of (1) medical processing sites, (2) medical marijuana dispensaries, (3) recreational marijuana producers, (4) recreational marijuana processors, (5) recreational retailers within the City of Sumpter or any property subject to its jurisdiction. It would impose a fine of $500.00/day of a violation of the ordinance. The City would have the right to enforce the ordinance through civil action against any violator. It also declares an emergency so that the ordinance would take effect immediately after its passage.
Result of a YES vote: A YES vote would ban the processing sites, dispensaries, producers, wholesalers and retailers of marijuana products in the City of Sumpter.
Result of a NO vote: A NO vote would NOT ban the processing sites, dispensaries, producers, wholesalers and retailers of marijuana products in the City of Sumpter.
CITY MEASURE: HAINES CITY ONLY
Measure 1-86 Prohibits Commercial Marijuana Facilities in Haines, Oregon
Question: Shall the City of Haines prohibit commercial marijuana processing sites, dispensaries, retailers, producers, processors and wholesalers?
Statement: Approval of this measure would prohibit the establishment of all commercial marijuana facilities within the City of Haines. State law allows operation of commercial marijuana processing sites, dispensaries, retailers, producers, processors and wholesalers. State law provides that a City Council may adopt an ordinance to be referred to the voters to prohibit the establishment of any of those registered or licensed commercial activities. Approval of this measure would prohibit the establishment of commercial marijuana processing sites, dispensaries, retailers, producers, processors and wholesalers within the area subject to the jurisdiction of the City. If this measure is approved, the city will be ineligible to receive distribution of state marijuana tax revenues and will be unable to impose a local tax or fee on the production, processing or sale of marijuana or any product into which marijuana has been incorporated.
Result of a YES vote: A YES vote would result in the City of Haines passing an ordinance which would prohibit the establishment of commercial marijuana processing sites, dispensaries, retailers, producers and wholesalers within the area subject to the jurisdiction of the City.
Result of a NO vote: A NO vote would result in NO ordinance would be passed by the City Council. This resulting in all marijuana activities being legal within the city limits of Haines. No restrictions of any kind would be put forth. Marijuana related activities allowed would be commercial marijuana processing sites, dispensaries, retailers, producers and wholesalers within the area subject to the jurisdiction of the City.
CITY MEASURE: HAINES CITY ONLY
Measure 1-87 Authorizing Three Percent Tax on Cannabis Retailers, Manufacturers and By-Products
Question: Shall the City of Haines impose a three percent tax on the sale of Cannabis Products by Retailer and/or Manufacturers?
Statement: Under state law, a City Council may adopt an ordinance to be referred to the voters of the City imposing up to a three percent tax. Approval of this measure would impose a three percent tax on the sale of marijuana/cannabis and ally by-products by a registered and/or licensed marijuana/cannabis retailer and/or manufacturer in the area subject to the jurisdiction of the City of Haines. The tax shall be collected at the point of sale and remitted by the cannabis retailer/manufacturer to the City of Haines.
Result of a YES vote: A YES vote would impose a three percent tax on the sale of marijuana/cannabis and all by-products by a registered and/or licensed marijuana/cannabis retailer and/or manufacturer in the area subject to the jurisdiction of the City of Haines. The tax shall be collected at the point of sale and remitted by the cannabis retailer/manufacturer to the City of Haines.
Result of a NO vote: A NO vote would not impose a three percent tax on the sale of cannabis and all by-products by a registered and/or licensed cannabis retailer and/or manufacturer in the area subject to the jurisdiction of the City of Haines.
CITY MEASURE: UNITY CITY ONLY
Measure 1-89 Prohibits Certain Marijuana Registrants and/or Licensees in Unity, Oregon.
Question: Shall Unity prohibit medical marijuana processors, medical marijuana dispensaries, recreational marijuana producers, processors, wholesalers, and retailers within City limits?
Statement: State law allows operation of registered medical marijuana processors, medical marijuana dispensaries and licensed recreational marijuana producers, processors, wholesalers, and retailers. State law provides that a city council may adopt an ordinance to be referred to the voters to prohibit the establishment of any of those registered or licensed activities. Approval of this measure would prohibit the establishment and operation of medical marijuana processors, medical marijuana dispensaries, recreational marijuana producers, processors, wholesalers, and retailers within the area subject to the jurisdiction of the City, provided that state law allows for continued operating of medical marijuana processor and medical marijuana dispensaries already registered, or in some cases, that have applied to be registered, and that have successfully completed a local land use application process. If this measure is approved, the city will be ineligible to receive distributions of State marijuana tax revenues and will be unable to impose a local tax or fee on the production, processing or sale of marijuana or any product into which marijuana has been incorporated.
DISTRICT MEASURE: BAKER SCHOOL DISTRICT 5J ONLY
Measure 1-88 Bonds To Improve Safety, Expand Vocational Opportunities, Address Enrollment Levels
Question: Shall Baker School District improve safety, efficiency, vocational opportunities and build new elementary school by issuing $48 million in bonds? If the bonds are approved, they will be payable from taxes on property or property ownership that are not subject to the limits of sections 11 and 11b, Article XI of the Oregon Constitution.
Statement: The District has been awarded a $4 million state grant if these general obligation bonds are approved. Bond and grant funds are expected to:
-Make safety improvements to all schools, including secure entries and key card systems to better control access.
-Make energy efficiency improvements at all schools, including upgrading heating and ventilation systems at Keating and Haines.
-Build new elementary school to address elementary enrollment levels and provide space for hands-on learning.
-Make capital improvements to accommodate Grades 7-8 at Baker High School (with separation between Grades 7-8 and 9-12). Would address middle school enrollment levels, utilize existing high school space and provide 7th and 8th graders access to vocational programs.
-Fund site improvements, demolition, furnishing and equipment and bond issuance costs.
A citizen oversight committee would be established to ensure proceeds are used for purposes indicated.
Bonds would mature in not to exceed 31 years from issuance. The estimated tax rate is $1.97 per $1,000 of assessed property value. Actual levy rate may differ due to changes in interest rates and assessed value.
Result of a YES vote: A YES vote would approve the Baker School District Bond.
Result of a NO vote: A NO vote would NOT approve the Baker School District Bond.