Statesman Journal mini-questionnaire for Nov.

2, 2010, General Election County commissioner Name: DANNY JAFFER County commissioner position: POLK COUNTY POSITION 2 Party affiliation: DEMOCRATIC PARTY Age: 49 City/town of residence: Currently live south of Independence and Monmouth city limits (approximately 2 miles south). Number of years you have lived full-time in this county: I have been a resident of Polk County for all my 49 years. I have lived in it for over 30 years (I lived overseas while serving in the military, but maintained my residency in Polk County, Oregon, the entire time.) Family (name of spouse/partner, number and ages of children if at home, number of grown children): Wife: Renée; Children: three grown children. Current employer/job: Retired/Pilot Employment, military and volunteer history: United States Navy, 1986-1994 / 2000-2010, Primary Occupation: Naval Aviator (Helicopter and Fixed Wing Pilot) and Operations Officer. Served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm; Operation Enduring Freedom Philippines; Indonesia Earthquake Relief. United States Air Force Reserve, 1995-2000, Rescue Helicopter Pilot; Schedules Officer, Plans and Operations Officer. Served in Operation Northern Watch (Air over-watch of Iraq); Operation Noble Anvil, Kosovo. Legislative Assistant, Oregon State Legislature, 1994. Olsen Farms, Suver, 1978, 1980. J’s Restaurant, Monmouth, 1975-1979.

Mid-Valley Air Service, Independence State Airport, 19771978. Civic/religious/other local involvement: Kadena Air Base (Okinawa) Youth Sports: volunteer soccer coach, 2002-2004 Ella Curran Food Bank, Independence, volunteer, 1994-2000. Central Youth Sports, volunteer soccer coach, 1994-1999 MIKI Sports, volunteer softball coach, 1979-1980 Please list all public offices to which you’ve been elected, and when: N/A Please list any unsuccessful candidacies for public office, and when: N/A Other political and government experience: Legislative Assistant, Oregon Sen. Cliff Trow (1994); Intern, Oregon Senate Minority Leaders’ Office (1997); Polk County Democratic Central Committee, Secretary/Treasurer/Newsletter Editor, 1994-1998. How the public can reach your campaign (remember that this information will be public): Mail address: 8639 Highland Road, Independence OR, 97351 E-mail address: Web site URL: Phone: 503-838-1273 How much will your general election campaign cost? (Please be specific about your campaign budget, not “as much as we can raise.”) $12,000. Who are your top campaign contributors/lenders? (Please list at least the current top five and their total dollar amounts.): Mo & Pat Jaffer, $1400; Cliff Trow, $700; Joe Penna, $750; AFSCME Local 173, $2500; AFSCME Oregon Council, $1500.

Who are your key political advisers? (Please identify at least your top three.) Sen. Cliff Trow (Ret.); Jason Brown; Mo & Pat Jaffer Key endorsements you’ve received: Mayor Jim Fairchild (Dallas); Mayor John McArdle (Independence); Mayor John Oberst (Monmouth); AFSCME Local 173; Sen. Cliff Trow. For each of the following questions, please limit your answer to about 75 words. 1. 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. 2. 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. 3. Why should people vote for you? What separates you from your opponent(s)? Leadership, experience, integrity. Commitment to public service. Education. The work of the County Commission is to analyze, allocate and plan the utilization of assets over a large range of issues and long-term time frame, and be responsive to constituents in the process. I have a great amount of experience in long-range planning and mission accomplishment, and dealing with differing personalities and disparate organizations in order to make things happen. Throughout my military career, in addition to working with the short notice requirements of daily flight missions, I have also spent a great deal of time planning large scale operations, of short and long duration, dealing with large numbers of personnel, equipment, and very importantly, dollars. I feel that this operational and logistics experience puts me in a very good position to monitor, manage and effectively allocate the resources of the county.

4. What personal strengths or talents would you bring to the office of county commissioner? I am a good listener. I make decisions based on facts. I get along well with most people. I enjoy working with a team of people in order to get problems resolved. I dislike waste. 5. What is the largest budget you have handled, and in what capacity? Approximately $2 million operational budgeting for the Air Department of an amphibious assault ship. Much of that is pre-programmed, with about $250,000 in discretionary operational funding. 6. What is the largest number of employees you’ve supervised, and in what capacity? Oversaw 200 Sailors as Assistant Air Department Officer on the USS Essex. Involved in all aspects of operation, safety and maintenance of the Air Department, to include flight deck, hangar deck, aircraft movement, launch and recovery, flight tower operation and aviation fuels. 7. How would you describe your management style? Balanced and fair. I trust those that work for me, and expect them to do the job they are hired for, and want them to know that they can trust me to support them. I like to keep an open door, I praise when appropriate in public, and reprimand in private. If an employee does well, I like to see them promoted. If there is a problem, I like to see what can be done to correct it. 8. What specific steps would you advocate to improve the local economy and create jobs? A. Talk to those already in business here and ask them what they truly need from the county in order to prosper and grow. The farms, businesses and other entities that have persevered over time have much to offer, and we need to help them, in a way that is compatible with our desire for livability. B. Do everything possible to reach out to all corners of the county with the services that are already provided in the county, both public and private. Making even the most remote regions of the county connected via broad band internet is just one way of bringing and maintaining jobs.

9. What specific steps would you advocate to balance next year’s county budget? If we are in a deficit, I would propose wage freezes, and even possible wage reductions, including my own. We would also have to look very carefully at personnel reductions in some of the biggest departments, such as the Jail or Sheriff’s Department. I would also see if there are some programs that might benefit from a limited operating levy, but that would be a last resort. 10/14. What changes, if any, would you advocate in the structure, scope or role of county government? In general, I would like to make sure that people see that the county government is their government, and that they need and are free to participate in it. More participation from all sectors of the county would be beneficial to the overall climate of the county. I would especially like to see that the residents of West Salem genuinely feel that they are welcome and included in the discussion. Operationally, I would like to investigate the economies of scale that may be gained from closer cooperation between the county and city governments, to include public works and policing. Regardless of the ultimate decision, the discussion would go a long way to increasing the knowledge base of all involved, which could help in many areas, including business attraction. 11. What specific steps would you take to make county government more open and accessible to the public? We do have an open and accessible Polk County Government. I have found that the current Board of Commissioners have an open door policy, and can easily be reached by phone. Additionally, all meetings of the Board are open to the public, and the schedules are printed in the paper, posted at the courthouse and available on line. I would continue this practice, especially the open-door policy so that constituents can bring their concerns directly to my office. I would, however, also utilize and encourage newer contact capabilities such as e-mail on a more regular basis from my office. Constituents have a great deal of power and access, and I would like to make sure that they are informed as to how to utilize it. 12. How many county Board of Commissioner meetings have you attended in person during 2009-10? 10 to 12.

13. What are the lessons for county government from the Courthouse Square situation? Make sure that your oversight of any project, large or small, is as good as it can possibly be. Ask questions, get answers, and clarify anything that you don’t understand. 15. Are Oregon’s land-use laws working appropriately in the county or should they be changed? While there may be gripes on several fronts regarding this issue, I believe we are in a pretty good and stable place. I have no plans to change or advocate for change of Oregon’s current land-use laws. 16. What are the three most important issues you would address if elected? How? (Up to 75 words for each issue.) A. Making every possible effort to attract jobs to the communities of the county. In particular, being proactive in promoting the county and the resources within it, in order to show how attractive Polk County is for business and recreation. B. Fair distribution and use of limited tax dollars, and keeping the budget balanced. In the near term, revenue will continue to be limited as compared to past years, even as the economy gets better. It will be incumbent upon the Board of Commissioners to ensure strategic allocation takes place so as not to limit the ability to provide services now or in the future. C. Ensure that the infrastructure and assets of the county are in place and maintained in the most efficient and economically sound way possible, so that they are available to support A and B above. 17. What do you see as other important issues? Adequate and clean water into the future for all county residents, farms and businesses is critical to ensuring a viable and prosperous county. It makes us far more attractive for business and others who want to know that if they invest here, the life-blood that water provides will be here for the long term. We do not want to reach a crisis and then have to deal with it. I think that we can get innovative in water storage and use in order to ensure that long term prosperity.

County-wide access to broad band internet capability is also an interest that I have, as it has become an indispensable tool for business, farming, medical and health concerns, and communication. 18. Any skeletons in your closet or other potentially embarrassing information that you want to disclose before it comes up in the campaign? I like to sing at karaoke. As a potential elected official, your positions on statewide ballot measures are relevant to voters. Please indicate whether you support or oppose each of the measures: I am still reviewing these ballot measures, however this is how I am leaning: Measure 70: Veterans’ loans Yes Measure 71: Annual legislative sessions Yes Measure 72: State bonding authority Yes Measure 73: Sentencing No Measure 74: Medical marijuana No Measure 75: Multnomah County casino No Measure 76: Lottery funding for parks, habitat Yes