Jim Crary running for Congress

Jim Crary, a Democrat, is running for U.S. Congress in Oregon’s Second Congressional District.

Crary doesn’t have an extensive background in politics, something he said might give him an advantage against his opponent, Rep. Greg Walden, whom he describes as a “career politician.”

Though Crary considers himself an underdog, he said this inspires him to work even harder. If elected, Crary promised to represent the people and not special interests. He said the biggest issue he would tackle while in office would be campaign finance reform.

“I am so angry, upset and disgusted with how much money is in politics right now,” he said. “It’s obscene as far as I’m concerned. It gives people that have the money an inordinate amount of influence.”

He wants to propose a constitutional amendment that would only allow U.S. residents living in a district that is affected by the vote to give money to a campaign. He would also cap the amount any citizen could donate at $2,600 in the primary election and $2,600 in the general election.

The second issue Crary wants to address if elected is climate change. Despite working for BP for 25 years, Crary said he is a firm believer in switching to renewable energy and electric cars.

There is currently a $7,500 federal income tax credit available to the first 200,000 buyers of electric cars. Crary would like to see the tax credit available for anyone wishing to buy an electric car.

He would also want to impose a carbon tax on gas and diesel sales and put the money earned from the tax into renewable energy sources like wind, solar and biomass. Energy created from these sources could then be used to power electric cars, he said.

The third issue Crary is concerned with is crumbling infrastructure.

“The U.S. used to have infrastructure that was the envy of the world,” he said. “We don’t have that anymore.”

He points to the fact the national gas tax has not been raised since 1993. He says a 20-cent-per-gallon tax increase would give the nation enough money to repair its roads and bridges as well as provide high-speed internet to rural areas.

He said another way to help pay for the country’s mass of deferred maintenance would be to borrow more money, adding to the national debt. Crary said now is the time to borrow money as interest rates are at “historical lows.”

He said that updating the nation’s infrastructure would provide a myriad of jobs, kickstarting economies across the nation and putting people to work.

Crary said he would also try to change congressional terms and limits, so representatives would spend less time trying to get re-elected and more time representing the people. He said he wants to extend the current two year terms and impose a 12-year maximum term limit to prevent what we calls “professional politicians.”

Crary said he has no desire to make a career of politics. He said he wants to take office, make hard decisions and real change and then return home.

“I don’t consider myself a politician,” he said. “I call myself a candidate.”

Published on October 19, 2016 by:

Blue Mountain Eagle