October 22, 2012
The following are my choices for the Ballot in the General Election of November 2012. My vote for a candidate does not signify my endorsement. I will distinguish between a candidate that I am endorsing and one that I
am voting for because of the strategic political expediency of the decision.
Bandon Voting Issues:
On the local ballot in Bandon, the citizens will be making choices for Mayor, three city councilors, a new taxing district, and the members of the board for that new district.
Mary Schamehorn will be receiving my vote for Mayor of Bandon. The other person in the race, Councilman Mike Claassen, voted in favor of the Bandon marsh expansion when the subject came before the council as an agenda item. It was a decision of betrayal and it displayed a lack of loyalty to the landowners in Bandon and the
surrounding area. Mr. Claassen is an enemy of the taxpayer and he should retire from local politics when his term is up on the city council.
Brian Vick, Geri Procetto will be begrudgingly getting my vote for Bandon City Council. Mike Sterling will be getting my vote and has my endorsement for city councilor. The current members of the council lack
his sense of practicality. It would also be good to have a fresh perspective.
However, I will be voting “NO” on Measure 6-146. This measure is the proposed formation of the Bandon Community Swimming Pool Recreation District. A pool is a luxury and now is not the time to raise local taxes.
Lower taxes are an incentive for businesses to move into the area. The Bandon School district just lost
$200,000 this year in funding due to fewer students, because there are no jobs to support their families. Please,
let us stop creating more debt and vote against the Bandon Pool District.
Vote NONE OF THE ABOVE or NOTA for ALL the candidates running for the position of board member of the new Bandon Community Swimming Pool Recreation District.
Coos County Commissioners:
Commissioner Robert “Bob” Main will be receiving my vote and has my endorsement for County Commissioner Position #1. His opponent, Commissioner Fred Messerle, voted in favor of increasing the maximum indebtedness of the Bandon Urban Renewal Area #1 at a cost to the county of about $30,000 annually until the year 2033. In addition, Messerle has been in favor of the Administrator position from the beginning. Given the opportunity, he would have enacted the administrator ordinance without going to a public vote. He is also deeply involved with the Winter Lake Project and too closely related to the South Coast Development Council.
John Sweet will be receiving my vote for County Commissioner Position #2.
Don Gurney will be receiving my vote and has my endorsement for County Commissioner Position #3. Mr. Gurney has already saved the county when he convinced the Board of Commissions to set aside funding. His opponent, Mellissa Cribbins, is a very nice woman, but her professional relationship with the Coquille Indian
Tribe as their attorney makes her a liability for the county. Any of her decisions on the O&C lands, as a sitting commissioner, would be a conflict of interest going beyond just perception. Her support of the County Administrator position is a risk to our representative form of government.
Coos Soil and Water Conservation:
Dan Pierce will receive my vote and has my endorsement for Director in Zone #2. Charlie Waterman will receive my vote and has my endorsement for Director in Zone #3. I will write-in my own name for Director in Zone #4, because there is no candidate filed in that position and I want another choice. Please feel free to write-in my name. Write-in your own name or write-in someone with integrity for any position that has no candidate running in the race. It is the American way to make up our own choices.
Wayne Krieger will receive my vote for State Rep in the Congressional District #1.
Jeff Kruse will receive my vote for State Senator in District #1
James L Buchal will receive my vote for Attorney General.
Tom Cox will receive my vote and has my endorsement for State Treasurer. He once ran for Governor as a Libertarian candidate and is currently running as a registered Republican. His experience and knowledge of the financial markets will help him in the position of treasurer.
Secretary of State:
Knute Buehler will receive my vote for Secretary of State. It is time for a change.
Representative in Congress:
Libertarian candidate, Chuck Huntting, will receive my vote for representative in the 4th District of the US Congress.
United States President:
My choice for president should not reflect the image of the disgruntled voter. In fact, this is a very happy vote for me. I have the great opportunity to vote for my former Governor, Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate for President of the United States. I will vote for Governor Gary Johnson for President.
I was on the committee to elect Johnson for President in 1999 and consider myself ahead of the times. Former Governor Johnson is the right person for the job of Commander-In-Chief. He has experience as Chief Executive in business and politics and was incredible successful in both positions. Obama is a big government socialist with plans to continue to change and reform the fundamental structure of our government. Romney has the same record of increasing the size of government and his foreign policy is identical to the current president. I cannot bring myself to vote for neither the Republican nor the Democrat. Both parties have devalued what it means to be an American, figuratively and literally. It is not a wasted vote to vote for someone of principle and it will force the Republicans to work towards the goal of a limited government or face the consequences of defeat.
I will Vote “YES” on measure 6-143 the Home Rule Charter Initiative. The charter is a contract between the
people and the representatives on the Board of Commissioners. The charter will restrain the growth of authority and allows the voter to retain a representative form of government.
I will Vote “NO” on measure 6-144. This is The Ordinance to change the Board of Commissioners and create a County Administrator position or County Czar. Creating a new position will further bloat our local county government and only benefit government developers, to the detriment of the taxpayer. It will increase administrative costs to the county, while eroding representation.
I will Vote “NO” on measure 6-145, the Bandon Marsh Advisory Vote. The US Fish & Wildlife Service must
hear a resounding NO to the Bandon marsh expansion from the residents of Coos County. It is very important to
show our solidarity on this key issue. The entire Coquille Valley is at risk of being lost to future generations
of farmers and ranchers.
I will Vote “NO” on measure 77. This Ballot measure is a constitutional revision relating to state governmental responses to catastrophic disasters. The law is vague and it broadens the scope and power of the Governor.
I will Vote “YES” on Measure 78. This measure changes constitutional language describing governmental system of separation of powers and it corrects grammatical and spelling changes. It would be good to have a grammatically correct constitution.
I will Vote “YES” on Measure 79. This measure will amend the state constitution and prohibits real estate transfer taxes, fees, other assessments, except those operative on December 31, 2009. This is a double tax on property that discourages businesses from moving to Oregon.
I will Vote “YES” on Measure 80. This measure allows personal marijuana, hemp cultivation/use without license and creates a commission to regulate commercial marijuana cultivation/sale. This is a badly written law, but it moves the mark forward towards legalizing marijuana for adults. The cannabis sativa plant is legal for all consenting adults would have been the proper way to write this law. Legislation that simple would be immensely more conducive to our constitutional values than our current situation where there is a War on Drugs.
I will Vote “NO” on Measure 81. This measure prohibits commercial non-tribal fishing with gillnets in Oregon “inland waters,” and allows the use of seine nets. This law will destroy more jobs in our state. It does nothing to stop others from performing the same practice of gillnet fishing.
I will Vote “NO” on Measure 82. This measure amends the Oregon constitution to permit the establishment of privately owned casinos and mandates a percentage of revenues payable to a dedicated state fund. Sounds good, but it does not allow the construction of private casinos within a 60-mile radius of existing tribal casinos operating on reservation land, which would eliminate 95% of the state. A market that restricted is not free market competition. Moreover, this measure is directed toward one particular casino, which will unfortunately be constructed using government development funding---i.e. ---our tax dollars.
I will Vote “NO” on Measure 83. This measure authorizes a privately owned casino, The Wood Village. It would mandate Wood Village to pay a percentage of their revenue to a dedicated state fund. The state is desperately looking for new revenue streams, so they are willing to sell out the competition in the free market just for a few cents on the dollar. A better measure would make the ownership of private casinos in the state of Oregon legal.
I will Vote “YES” on Measure 84. This law would phase out existing inheritance taxes on large estates, and all taxes on intra-family property transfers. One of Oregon’s largest exports is its children and young families.
This tax forces people who inherit the family business to have to sell those businesses just to pay for the transfer tax. Instead of inheriting a thriving business, the state is bequeathing them more debt. Then those families
move out of the state forever, never to return as tax paying residents of the community. This is a disgrace for
our state to put such a burden on families.
I will Vote “NO” on Measure 85. This measure amends the Oregon constitution to take money that would normally go back to taxpayers in the form of a“kicker” and allocates that money to fund additional public
education K through 12. This is a backdoor tax increase, or otherwise it would be returned to the taxpayer. The school districts already receive the largest piece of the property tax pie. Then these districts turn around and give that money away to private developers through the tax increment financing process of Urban Renewal. What a joke and an insult to taxpayers. We need a revolutionary change for these school boards and we have to stop tax increases.
Sincerely, Rob Taylor
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