Once thought unwinnable for a Democrat, Oregon’s Congressional District 2 is now getting national media attention with this Democratic candidate’s pledge not to take special interest, corporate money and instead give a voice to the people!
On the Campaign
It has been a busy couple of weeks. On January 15th I went to the Martin Luther King Day celebration in Ashland. After the presentation I walked to the Square where, for the first time, I heard Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech in its entirety. It was impressive to say the least. It was a beautiful day and I introduced myself to many of those in attendance.
After the MLK celebration I drove up to Grants Pass to attend Senator Merkley’s town hall. Listening to him speak I was pleased that what he was talking about and what my issues are, are totally congruent. I was especially happy to hear him talk about my signature issue regarding the need to get big money out of politics so we can get rid of “Government by and for the rich” and return to “Government of, by and for the people”. Again, I introduced myself to as many people as I could and I was pleased at the warm reception I received and the very strong desire to “Repeal and replace” Walden.
I have also had meetings with a union representative, volunteers and people with expertise in water rights and climate change. Meeting with people, one-on-one, to hear their concerns and or to help me understand an issue better is one of the most enjoyable parts of running for Congress.
I was going to attend Senator Wyden’s town hall on the 19th in Medford but that was cancelled due to the government shutdown.
On Saturday, the 20th, I along with many of our volunteers walked in the Women’s March in Medford. I came early and stayed late. Again, introducing myself to, and talking with, as many people as time permitted. I was gratified by the warm reception I received and the very strong desire to “Repeal and replace” Walden. My voice was hoarse at the end of the march but my spirits were super high from participating in a demonstration that was both peaceful and so overwhelmingly positive.
On the 21st I went to a meet and greet/fundraiser in Eagle Point. I had a very warm reception and again saw and heard the strong desire to give Greg the boot.
On Tuesday, the 23rd I was on Dave Hyde’s KSKQ radio show, “We the People”. It was my third (or fourth) time on his show. We talked primarily about my proposal for the public funding of elections which while it would not get rid of big money in politics would neutralize (and hopefully actually overwhelm) big money so that the loudest voices in Washington would not belong to corporations, the ultra rich and other special interests but the people. All of which fits in nicely with my campaign slogan of, “Voice to the people”.
I am so pleased with the resounding support for the passage of Measure 101. Oregonians care about our neighbors and on Tuesday, January 23rd, we proved it again!
I am both very humbled and appreciative of all of your support, your campaign contributions and your encouragement and, together, we will “Repeal and replace” Walden November 6th!
If anyone wants to talk to me about an issue or has a question please give me a call at 541-531-2912.
Let’s keep in touch!
The radio show was recorded on 89.5 FM Ashland & 94.1 FM Medford, on January 23, 2018. To listen to more of KSKQ’s programs and to learn more click here. Jim discussed his campaign, and his plans for campaign finance reform.
You can read Jim’s campaign finance reform plans in detail here.
Happy New Year!
I hope you had a refreshing and wonderful holiday season. Thank you for your support over this year, here’s some of my highlights.
I put tens of thousands of miles on my Prius this past year. In 2017 I presented at, spoke to, joined in, and learned from 181+ engagements. These included marches and rallies such as the Women’s March, People’s Climate March in April (Jackson), Restoration Parade this past August (Klamath), VeteRUN in October (Jackson), Defeat TrumpCare March in July (Klamath) & the Don’t Kill Net Neutrality Rally in December (Jackson).
I met with numerous county commissioners, mayors, city managers, police chiefs and chamber of commerce directors. I spoke at local community service organizations such as Lions and Kiwanis. I went into numerous high schools around CD2, to help educate our youth on what it is like to run for office and why each person needs to get informed and vote. This is just a snippet of what I believe elected officials should do. We have to demand accessibility and accountability from our leaders.
While it is vital to attend Democrat Chapter/Central Committee meetings (and boy were there a lot and in almost every county) these are obvious and straightforward for a Democrat candidate to get invited to participate in. The harder events and relationships to develop include the communities within our communities where you first need to build a solid level of trust. An example of this is when I was invited to attend the luncheon before the 9 Tribes Health Quarterly Meeting in June at Warm Springs. Another example was being invited to attend a youth soccer tournament in Hood River, so a Latino couple could introduce me to their friends. I have spoken at VFW meetings, met with veteran community outreach people, and one of my favorite veteran’s groups to be at was the Band of Brothers in Bend. It is special for me as a veteran to speak with veteran groups and I anticipate more opportunities in the coming months!
Where I also reached out to further learn about communities and members of our communities in CD2 was to our farmers and ranchers – especially in Harney County, social workers, caregivers, our youth and our seniors. I attended the Faith Based Network in Madras to learn more about the services they provide Jefferson County, but also to learn more about how so many groups are coming together for the better of their communities.
Indivisible groups around the District invited me to come and speak to their members and are showing themselves to be incredible movers and shakers in their communities. They have hosted everything from meetings where I have presented and spoke about my plans, to large full candidate forums. Impressive!
I want to serve CD2. This starts with knowing each community and their needs. I am committed to be present in CD2 because that is what we are lacking. I am the best candidate to do that job. I have seen the energy in CD2, it has truly inspired me. I am looking forward to 2018 and everything that we will accomplish together.
|Pictured above (L-R): 1) Jim & his family during the holidays. 2) Jim marching with his wife Dianna in the 2017 Women’s March. 3) Jim in the Talent Clean Energy March. 4) Jim with Don Gentry – Klamath Tribes Council Chair at the Restoration Celebration.|
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 am so angry, upset and disgusted with how much money is in politics right now. It’s obscene as far as I’m concerned. It gives people that have the money an inordinate amount of influence.
I propose and have written a legislative fix that would help reverse the impact of Citizens United.
The second issue I want to address if elected is climate change. I am firm believer in switching to renewable energy and electric cars. We need to be off fossil fuels, like yesterday. I would 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.
No discussion of issues would be complete without healthcare. I firmly believe in a Single Payer health care program, or Medicare for All. We need to make sure nobody is denied healthcare coverage because of a preexisting condition. Other countries pay less per their GDP than we do and they have comprehensive healthcare for their people. We can do the same.
I am also very concerned and will focus on our crumbling infrastructure.
The U.S. used to have infrastructure that was the envy of the world. We don’t have that anymore. A national gas tax has not been raised since 1993 and 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.
Updating the nation’s infrastructure would provide a myriad of family wage jobs, kickstarting economies across the nation and putting people to work.
To learn more about me https://crary4congress.com/bio/
Top 20 contributors (2017-2018) to Campaign Committee & Leadership PAC for Greg Walden
*registrants, or active lobbying firm
These tables list the top donors to candidates in the 2017 – 2018 election cycle. The organizations themselves did not donate, rather the money came from the organizations’ PACs, their individual members or employees or owners, and those individuals’ immediate families. Organization totals include subsidiaries and affiliates.
Representative Greg Walden has already reported a total of 935 contributions ($200 or more) totaling $1,019,603 in the current cycle.