RESIDENCES: Woodburn OCCUPATION/WORK HISTORY: Farmer/farm worker for 54 years; special education aide, Portland Public Schools, two years; Oregon State Police Cadet, 1976; Construction/steel worker, two years. PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE: none in politics, however I live with the effects of political decisions\. EDUCATION: Woodburn High School, 1972; Associate of Science, Police Science, Chemeketa Community College, 1976; Bachelor of Science, Geography, Portland State University, 2004. HOBBIES/INTEREST: Dragonboat racing and coaching Wasabi VIP, a team of visually impaired paddlers and others; hiking with my wife; playing with my four grandkids; outrigger paddling; Sewing for Day for Girls Distlilling. WEBSITE:jimhinsvark.com FACEBOOK:@JimHinsvarkforSD90 DONATE
WHY I'M RUNNING:
I’m a Farmer and have plenty of work to do…Why run?
I entered the race days after the last walkout. Frustrated by what happened in Salem I needed stand up and say — ENOUGH, stop acting like there is only one way to do things. It was a sad day for our democracy. The walkout was an embarrassment to Oregon. Some elected officials have forgotten what it means to govern. The act of governing is to find common ground to move forward together. We seem to have forgotten we are all in this life together. It is only by doing the hard work of listening and learning from each other that we can bring our families and communities back together.
I believe it is time we listen and learn from each other and grow together into a better future. Governing is about working together and finding common ground. There are people who make a lot of noise and want to stand out. I say let them stand out — way out. Let them stand out of the way forward. Those of us who want work for our communities can join together. And Together, we can get done what needs to be done.
Climate Change is the biggest thing we have ever had to deal with. The walkouts have prevented any real work getting done. We need to change that. As Senator I will stay and work and keep working for our future. All of the other issues we argue, bicker and fight over will mean nothing if we do not respond to the climate crisis at hand.
As an organic farmer, like all farmers, I am faced with climate induced change; changing harvest times, lower water levels in our well, unpredictable weather patterns. Low snowpack and earlier melting effects our rivers and fisheries. All of these things will only get worse as the seasons go by. How does a young/new farmer plan for the future when there is so much uncertainty ahead? What will grow, what can grow in Oregon in 15-20 years?
We need to make better and more informed decisions. Current science helps us understand what needs to be done. We all have a part to play in adopting changes that will help us and our children in the future. What we do today, what we act on in the next Session will matter. Vote me in to office and I will stand against those who do not want to be a part of the change we need and with those who want a more livable future.
These are hard times we are living in. The way we currently talk to each other does not help. We have work to do. What we choose to work on now will define the future for generations. I will work with you and for you.
Let’s work on a better future for all of us. Buy local and build strong communities. Elect Jim Hinsvark
Reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org Find out more at jimhinsvark.com