Statement of David Gomberg, Democratic and Independent nominee for the Oregon House of Representative, District 10
No one was more surprised than me when the phone rang last November and legislative leadership asked me to run. My wife Susan’s immediate response? “They must have asked a lot of other people first!”
We took ten days to talk. How would this affect our lives? Our marriage? Our business?? And we also talked about what is at stake. We love the coast. There is beauty here, a rich environment, and a wealth of opportunity. For many, life is good. But it isn’t good for everyone. Young families and seniors on fixed incomes struggle. Unemployment is higher than necessary.
There are challenges to our schools, problems with health care, and unmet economic potential.
I’ve spent 25 years building a business in Lincoln County. I’ve been active in economic issues, tourism, and protecting our beaches. But years ago, I worked in Salem at the Capitol and in government as an administrative law judge. I moved to the Coast to run the Chamber of Commerce. I know how government works.
Susan’s conclusion? “You can use your abilities and a lifetime of experience to try and make things better. You can step up – or you can let them call someone else…’
When you wife tells you to “step up” the conversation is over.
My priorities are education, job creation, seniors, and health care. These are broad issues but there are finite and specific programs which can help address each.
I’m a small business guy in a small business district. By that I mean that most people here either work for or retired from smaller businesses in tourism, farming, fishing, dairy, forestry or health care.
The decisions I make will each be tempered by my small business experience. How will businesses and employees of businesses like mine be affected? How will communities like mine be affected? How will families like mine be affected??
* We have struggled to fund K-12 education. Our kids and grand kids
deserve the best education we can provide! And we can do better to support
community colleges where funding has been on the decline. I intend to be an
advocate for rural community colleges, two of which are in this district.
* In a tourist based and production economy, transportation is
critical. We need to focus on the highway and rail systems that bring
customers to the coast, and transport fish, timber, and dairy products to
* I’ve created new jobs! I’m a small business leader. (Our company was
named Business of the Year in Lincoln City for 2012.) I understand that
small businesses create most new jobs in this region. And I also understand
how small business can be burdened by a plethora of special taxes, fees, and
* The availability, affordability and quality of health care are
particularly important outside Oregon’s metropolitan population centers.
Here on the Coast, even people with health insurance often can’t afford to
use it because of high deductibles. And we need to focus on helping keep
seniors safe, healthy, and secure in their own homes.
* There is a delicate balance here between preserving our magnificent
environment, and creating or maintaining jobs. There are wonderful new
opportunities in research or wind and wave energy. But we need to evaluate
each in terms of how they affect existing industries and existing jobs.
Coastal legislators have taken a lead in working to protect our forests,
oceans, parks, and waters, and also our people.
Here on the Coast, we face big issues. But we also need to be aware of small ones. Regulations affecting beach use or fireworks; rules designed for large businesses that burden smaller ones; power outages and communication black-outs; beach clean-up. A legislator from the Coast needs to stay on top of small issues so they don’t become big problems.
We need people in Salem who have worked in the real world but understand state government. That’s why I’m running. Sometimes government can help and sometimes it needs to just stay out of the way.
I want to be a legislator you can be proud of. I’d be honored to have your vote. Thank you!
PS – to learn more, please visit www.ElectGomberg.com
**Community Leaders Support David Gomberg**
“David will serve our district well. He has already proven himself a hard
worker for our community and I’m proud to support him.” -State Rep. Jean
“David stands up for our coastal colleges, which are critical for families
and our local economy.” -Former College President Patrick O’Connor
“David understands the need to balance protecting the environment and job
preservation. He’s got my vote.” -Former County Commissioner Don Lindly