Candidate Name: Christina Stephenson
Candidate’s Preferred Pronouns
What office are you running for?
Oregon State Representative of HD 33
With which party are you running for office?
May 19th, 2020
Why are you running for office?
A few sessions ago, Oregon almost accidentally set back civil rights in this state by thirty years. Accidentally. This is entirely unacceptable. Preventing bad laws and making good laws should not just be happenstance. I believe we need people in Salem with both the technical expertise and the conviction to fight for working people. We need legislators who are not hostage to corporate lobbyists; legislators who will be able to intelligently refute misinformation; and legislators who will bring people out of their silos to address systems changes holistically. This is the type of legislator I will be and why I am running for this position.
What is the biggest issue facing your community and how do you propose helping?
My top 3 priorities include:
- Increasing the quality of life for Oregon families by making housing more affordable, ensuring equitable access to education for all, and protecting high-quality jobs for working Oregonians;
- Making the full spectrum of care (childcare, healthcare, elder care) accessible and affordable for every Oregon family; and
- Taking bold and immediate action to combat climate change through policies that promote clean energy and green technology, while ensuring a just transition for workers.
How do we fix the partisan divide in our country and start working together again?
In Oregon, 80% of the bills are passed unanimously and with bipartisan support. It is during our work on these bills that we should be developing relationships that allow us to amplify our shared values as Oregonians. I believe that what we need more than anything in Salem are problem solvers and we are able to find the best solutions by listening to all of the stakeholders.
Who is your hero?
My dad, who always said, “there are those that talk about it, and those who do it.” Now, when I see a problem, I don’t expect that someone else will deal with it, I roll up my sleeves and get to work.
What are your hobbies?
When I am not working in my civil rights law practice, campaigning, or volunteering, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, knitting, and exploring cognitive science.
What is the most recent book you read?
I am always reading a few books at a time. Right now they are: “Doing Harm: The Truth About How Bad Medicine and Lazy Science Leave Women Dismissed, Misdiagnosed, and Sick” by Maya Dusenbery and “The Healing of America: A Global Quest For Better, Cheaper, and Fairer Health Care” by T.R. Reid.
Do you have any kids/pets/talking houseplants?
I have a child named William and two cats!
How can our readers get involved in your campaign?
We are currently looking for folks that speak other languages to make sure that we can communicate with every member of our community. There are so many fun ways to get involved for introverts, extroverts, and people of all abilities. Just reach us at christinastephenson.com/volunteer.
What question do you wish we’d asked, and what is your answer?
Is your staff unionized?
My staff of one isn’t currently unionized, but as soon as I hire another staff member, I’m excited that they will be able to form their own union!
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