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Statesman Journal mini-questionnaire for 2016 Primary Election

Thank you for responding to this questionnaire.


Why this matters: The Statesman Journal Editorial Board will use this
questionnaire in deciding whether and whom to endorse for the May 17
General
Election. Reporters, who operate separately from the Editorial Board, may use
these answers in writing stories. Your answers may be published on
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campaign materials, resumes, etc. If you wish, you are welcome to send us
lists
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-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Your name as listed on the ballot: Paul B. Weaver
Age: 71
(If your age will change before May 31, please indicate your birthday. We
want to
ensure we use accurate ages in pre- and post-election editorials and news
coverage.)
City/town of residence: Toledo, OR
Political party, if this is a partisan office: Democrat
Position you are seeking (name of position, district number, etc.):
United States Senate
Are you currently a full-time resident within the boundaries of the specific
area
(ward, district, county, etc.) that you seek to represent? Yes
Number of current, consecutive years living within the district you seek to
represent: 39
Family (name of spouse/partner, number and ages of children if at home or
number
of grown children): Wife: Letha Children: 4 grown, 8 Grandchildren
Your education (high school, trade, college, post-baccalaureate; indicate any
degrees you earned): Falls City High School, Falls City, NE - 1963; BS Business
Administration, Eastern Washington State College Cheney, WA - 1971 (now
Eastern

Washington University)
If employed, current occupation, employer and job duties:
Retired Locomotive Engineer
Previous employers and when:
1977 - 1979 BN Transport, Area Manager Portland, OR
1979 - 1996 Southern Pacific Railroad, Locomotive Engineer
1996 - 2009 Union Pacific Railroad, Locomotive Engineer, retired
Military service and when: none
Volunteer/civic/religious service and when:
Eddyville Community Church, Deacon - Trustee, currently
Please list all public offices to which youve been elected, and when: none
Please list any unsuccessful candidacies for public office, and when: none
Other prior political and government experience: none
If you are running for a position that involves a governing board in Oregon
such as city council, county board of commissioners, Legislature or State
Land
Board how many meetings of that board have you attended in person
during 2015
and 2016? How many have you watched online or on TV, if applicable?
not applicable
How the public can reach your campaign (remember that this information will
be
made public):
Mail address:
E-mail address: pbweaver@peak.org
Web site URL: www.paulweaverforussenate.com
Phone:
Facebook:
Other social media:
Please limit your response to each of the following questions to about 75
words.
1. To an outsider, how would you describe the region you wish to represent:
Geographically: all of Gods creation is beautiful especially Oregon
Economically: fragile, much room for improvement
Politically: diverse
Socially: great neighbors
2. What are the positives and negatives of this region (ward, district, county
or
state) that you wish to represent? Much too liberal - Legislature is run by
environmentalist who dont understand capitalism and the need for profit and
the
jobs it produces.
3. What specific skills and experiences do you bring to the position, especially
ones that would help turn those negatives into positives? I like people, come
from common roots and I never give up!
4. What separates you from your opponent(s)? Be specific.
I will read all bills and participate in Senate debate.
I will not be influenced by lobbyist, party platform dogma or campaign
contributors! When Congress is in session I will be in Washington,DC full time
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otherwise, Ill be in Oregon visiting constituents.


Senator Wydens wife and small children live in New York City where they own
a home in Manhattan! He travels to Oregon for his town hall meetings and
photo
opportunities when tsunami debris wash onto Oregon Beaches.
5. Please list five specific accomplishments that you have achieved in politics
or civic affairs: none
6. How much will your Primary Election campaign cost? (be specific)
No more than $750.00!
7. Have you ever been convicted of a crime, been disciplined by a
professional
licensing board/organization or had an ethics violation filed against you? If so,
please give the details. no
8. Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, been delinquent on your taxes or other
major accounts, or been sued personally or professionally? If so, please give
the
details. no
9. What are the three most important issues you would address if elected,
and
how? (75 words for each issue)
A. 19 Trillion dollar debt: cut spending, reduce taxes to stimulate the
economy. Balance the budget establish a plan to start paying down the debt!
B. Affordable Care Act: Repeal and delete the bureaucracy created to
administer it. I think we should put medical care in the hands of a
doctor/patient relationship with risk managed by for profit insurance
companies.
The government should never be in business - there is no incentive to
operate
efficiently!
C. Illegal Aliens: Use E-Verify to validate employees. If an employer refuses
or an employee doesnt check out, then that employees wages are not tax
deductible. If the employer wants to keep the employee and no criminal
record is
involved, then give him a temporary work permit to stay as long as the job
lasts.
Wife and children can stay. Aunts, Uncles, cousins and siblings must go. Close
the door on all state and federal services and IRS child tax credits. Every year
Oregon taxpayers spend about one billion on services while illegal aliens only
produce about 77 million in tax revenue.
10. What do you see as other important issues?
1) Abortion: Taxpayer funds should never be used for elective abortion.
2) Social Security: It is not entitlement! Our seniors paid into the system
and they deserve to receive it. I like the Association of Mature American
Citizen Associations plan. Please Google their website and find AMAC Social
Security Guarantee. You can view and print a copy if you like.
11. What online and/or print publications do you regularly read to keep
abreast
of issues in the district you seek to represent? Newsmax.com, World news
Daily,

Oregon Right to Life, Oregon Family Counsel, Oregonians for Immigration


Reform,
Liberty Counsel, Judicial Watch and Imprimis.
12. Any skeletons in your closet or other potentially embarrassing information
that you should disclose before it comes up in the campaign? Anything
(including
health issues) that would affect your ability to serve your full term? Any
changes in your life situation that are contemplated or expected before the
election or before you would take office?
Im 71 years old - I have some health issues, none are expected to be
terminal in the short run - Im also a sinner and dont expect to live forever except with the Lord Jesus Christ!
I was fired by the Union Pacific Railroad 18 months short of my retirement!
Long story short: U.P. Paid me my wages for the 18 months and I retired with
full benefits.
Thank you. Please return this questionnaire to the Editorial Board as an
attached
Word document to HYPERLINK "mailto:Salemed@StatesmanJournal.com"
mailto:Salemed@StatesmanJournal.comby April 14, 2016