Occupation: Sheep Farmer
Prior Governmental Experience:
Walk-outs. Executive orders. Pandemics. Hoarding. Financial meltdown. Public shutdown.
Just when we need leadership, we’re all experiencing a major communication breakdown.
Ross Swartzendruber offers Oregon a different future with anti-corruption measures that strengthen democracy.
When faced with these same issues around the Great Depression, Oregonians came together and created anti-corruption legislation allowing initiatives, referendums, public co-ops and ranked choice voting. These efforts give more power to people, strengthen democracy and remain effective a century later. We will do it again.
We need democracy more than ever. Ross Swartzendruber supports the 2018 Democratic Party of Oregon Platform and these issues:
Campaign Finance Reform – Pass SJR 18 in November 2020
Voter Rights – Ranked Choice or STAR Voting, redistricting, lower special district age limit
Ethics Reform – Close the revolving door between lobbyists and politicians
Green New Deal – German Style
Get paid to produce power
Rural municipal energy co-ops
Transportation infrastructure electrification
Digital Bill of Rights
Data privacy and surveillance protections
Algorithmic governance feedback
Ross Swartzendruber is 55 and lives on the family sheep farm with his wife and three children in rural Polk County. He is very active in his community and has owned an advertising agency for 20 years.