Businessman Jerome Grant runs for Dist. 10 seat
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A Depoe Bay businessman has announced his candidacy for Dist. 10 state representative on the May primary ballot.
Jerome Grant, a Republican, is running for the position vacated by the retirement of Jean Cowan, D-Newport. A resident of Siletz, Grant and his wife, Clary, own and operate Gracie’s Sea Hag Restaurant in Depoe Bay. The business employs an average of 35 people year-round.
A fourth-generation Oregonian, Grant brings a background in commercial fishing and diving to the race, natural resource credentials he feels are important to Dist. 10, which includes Lincoln Co. and portions of Tillamook, Benton, Yamhill and Polk counties.
“During my years as a commercial fisherman, I spent many hours preparing testimony in defense of my industry against unwarranted regulations which kill jobs and economic development,” he said. “From that experience, I came to believe one man or woman can make a difference.”
Grant said Dist. 10 faces inevitable cutbacks to sport and commercial fishing as a result of reckless environmental policies that rebuff Oregon’s successful record of managing its fisheries, the cooperative result of scientists, regulators and fishermen working together. He predicted that job losses would mount across the district’s economy without laws to protect sustainable fishing and farming practices from regulatory shutdowns.
“Many of the fishermen I’ve spoken with have lost heart,” Grant said. “They’re being attacked from all sides by so many extreme environmental interests that they don’t know what’s coming next. They’re just hoping they can wake up and go to work tomorrow.”
Grant holds a B.S. degree in computer science with a minor in economics from Western Oregon University. His public service included terms on the Oregon Developmental Fisheries Board and the Oregon Sea Urchin Commodities Commission, both state-level appointments. He currently is a member of the Depoe Bay Near Shore Action Team, a nine-member committee that monitors marine issues affecting Oregonians.
Grant describes himself as a fiscal conservative and lifelong conservationist, viewpoints that will shape his legislative goal of “sustainable government.” He deplores the loss of any jobs — public or private — and thinks the key to solving state budget and employment problems lies in plain sight.
“Our state is rich in both human and natural resources,” he said. “However, we continue to lead the nation in unemployment, hunger and homelessness. I believe we should use our natural resources in ways that sustain their value and put Oregonians back to work.”
With a daughter in high school, Grant is keenly interested in quality public education and favors more resources for classrooms and teachers. However, he is shocked at the dropout rate — nearly one-third of students in Oregon fail to complete high school, according to state figures — and considers the figure unacceptable. He gives credit to Gov. Kitzhaber for recent school reforms, but said the efforts fall short.
“Lawmakers can play a major role in school reform by cutting red tape and regulations that prevent capable educators and concerned parents from doing what’s best for their own school,” said Grant.
Disappointed in the friction and inability of Congress to get along and get things done, Grant believes it’s up to Oregonians with their history of self-reliance and innovation to solve issues such as joblessness and balancing the state budget during a prolonged economic crisis.
“If elected, I will be a voice for all citizens, including the fishermen, farmers and small businesses who are the economic backbone of the Dist. 10 economy.”
Grant, who faces no opponent on the primary ballot, will visit, in coming months, the cities and towns of the far-flung district. He welcomes invitations to attend meetings as a speaker.
To contact him, call Jerome Grant at 541-270-4846, or visit his web site at www.ElectJeromeGrant.com.