My name is Jim Crary, and I want to serve as your US Congressman in Oregon’s Second Congressional District. My goal is, quite simply: “To do the most good, for the most people, who need it the most.”
Why I am Running
I ran in 2016 and am running again because when I looked at my community, I saw that we were being represented by someone who is for the most part representing his campaign donors, not his constituents. That does not sit well with me. When elected, I am going to only serve and represent the people of Oregon’s Second Congressional District; the large dollar campaign contributors who are being represented now can, “go pound sand.” You know that is true because my campaign is financed 100% from individual donations. No corporate money. No special interest money.
My Promises to You
I make four promises about my campaign and how I will serve when I am elected:
- I will answer your questions in a straightforward manner (no “Dodgeball” answers);
- You will not always agree with me;
- I will listen to what you have to say; and
- I will work towards productive compromise, but I will never compromise my values and those of my constituents.
I live in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, a part of the rural Greensprings community with my wife, Dianna. Together we have four children, two of whom teach in Medford. There I am a board member and volunteer firefighter for the Greensprings Rural Fire Department. I have spent much of my life in rural communities. I am a Vietnam era veteran having served, in the Army, as a military policeman, in 1972-73. All my military time was spent in the United States (i.e. I did not serve in Vietnam).
I worked for 14 years in the Municipality of Anchorage’s Law Department – where I served as a prosecutor, did insurance defense, and did contracts and procurement. My procurement and contract experience with the Municipality of Anchorage led to my employment with BP (British Petroleum) where I was in their Contracts/Procurement Department for 17 years.
My Perspective on Changing Washington D.C.
My experiences working with contracts gave me an understanding that contracts, to be successful and enduring, must be a “win-win”. Successful contracts cannot be an “I win – you lose” proposition. Both parties have to “get something” out of the deal and both parties have to “give up something”. We need to elect new people to Congress who are not wedded to the current “I win – you lose” way of doing business but who instead can (and will) work together, across the aisle, with people who have different ideas to accomplish what our country needs and deserves. I spent the bulk of my professional career doing just that.
Public service as a member of Congress would be both an honor and a privilege and, to make that happen, I am asking for both your vote and financial support.
Thanks, and best regards,