My name is Jim Crary, and I want to serve as your US Congressman in Oregon’s Second Congressional District. My goal is: “To do the most good, for the most people, who need it the most.” My campaign is financed 100% from individual donations. No corporate money. No union money. By only taking donations from individuals I will remain loyal to my constituents and I will serve ALL constituents to the best of my ability.
I will answer your questions in a straightforward manner. You may not always agree with my answer, but I will listen to what you have to say and I won’t give you the run around if we disagree. I am open to changing my positions if new information or changing constituent needs dictate I do so.
I have spent my life living in or near rural communities and currently live in the Siskiyou Mountains about 20 miles outside of Ashland with my wife, Dianna. I have four children, two of whom teach in the Ashland area. I am a volunteer firefighter with the Greensprings Fire Department.
I am a Viet Nam era veteran, as I enlisted, then served in the US Army as a military policeman and correctional specialist.
After law school (University of San Diego) and my service in the military I worked 14 years for the Municipality of Anchorage’s Law Department – where I served as a prosecutor, worked on insurance defense, and eventually did procurement. My work in procurement (contract negotiation) lead to my procurement work with BP (British Petroleum).
I learned a lot from my experiences working in Anchorage, like the fact we need an economy that works for ALL people, and this includes everything from protecting those who need our assistance and transitioning to renewable energy sources through deep investment.
My experiences working with contracts has given me the unique understanding that contracts can be a win-win. We do not have to have an “I win, you lose” mentality in government. I believe in win-win. All sides can move forward. We can work together to accomplish what the people of our country need and deserve.
Public service as a Congress Member would be an honor and a privilege, in keeping with my life’s goal to do the most good for the most people, who need it the most.
At the end of the day why am I running? When I look at my own community here in Oregon, I saw we were being represented by someone (Greg Walden) who only benefited his rich donors. Government needs to be a system of service, not self-promotion. It needs to be for the people, ALL the people. That is why I am running for Congress.