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Oregon Republican candidates for governor: What would they do to deliver more equitable learning outcomes for students?

By Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/OregonLive

In recent races for Oregon governor, education has been a substantial plank of each candidates’ platform, given voters’ concerns about public schools and the state’s mediocre student outcomes.

Not so this year, however, as homelessness, public safety, partisanship and voters’ general discontent with political leaders are much more at the forefront.

Still, Oregon’s already below-average educational results were almost certainly dragged down further than in most states, since school closures were much more widespread and longer lasting than in other states and research has conclusively linked remote instruction to higher learning loss.

Leading Republican candidates for governor, along with independent candidate Betsy Johnson, are striking many of the same themes when they talk about how they’ll help students and schools do better, namely higher standards, more local control and above all, parental choice of which schools their children will attend.

Only one of them has provided detailed plans for how she would change education, whether in preschool, K-12 schools or post-secondary education: Republican Jessica Gomez, the CEO of a Medford small electronics manufacturing company.

Stan Pulliam, the mayor of Sandy and an insurance executive, wants to abolish the Oregon Department of Education, the same stance former President Ronald Reagan took regarding the federal Department of Education when running for office in 1980 but renounced after he took office.

Oregon’s governor has much more power to impact education than some other issues candidates have focused on in the May 17 primary, such as the Multnomah County district attorney’s decisions about which cases to prosecute.

The governor has the power to hand-pick the state’s schools chief and also gets to appoint members of the Oregon Board of Education, giving the state’s elected leader tremendous leverage over schools – if he or she wishes to use it. The schools chief and state school board set minimum high school graduation requirements – a hot topic after the state board suspended proficiency-based graduation requirements for two years and the Legislature axed them entirely.

Many of the candidates have thoughts about what local school boards should do – but local voters, not the governor, hold the power over school board members. Some said charter schools, already common in Oregon, could contribute to improvements.

The Oregonian/OregonLive asked the six Republican candidates with significant fundraising and some name recognition in early polling, and unaffiliated candidate Betsy Johnson what they would do to improve outcomes for students inequitably served by Oregon’s education system. Johnson, a longtime former Democrat, is expected to appear on ballots in November. Some responses have been lightly edited for length and clarity.

Oregon ranks poorly in national education rankings, and students who live in rural Oregon or are Black, Latino, Indigenous or non-native English speakers leave the state’s schools worse equipped for college and career success. What specific steps would you take to improve results by the end of your first term?

Bridget Barton: As a young mom I began advocating for charter schools and choice in the 1990s. I’ll present a thorough change of vision, goals and strategies refocused on academic excellence. Progressive leftists have put ideology and partisan agendas above practical academics. The dismal results are clear. I will appoint a deputy superintendent to execute this vision down to the individual school level. Standards will be reinstated and expectations raised for all children. Only an outsider like me will have the guts to withstand the likely pushback from groups like the teachers’ unions over this drastic shift back toward learning and achievement.

Christine Drazan: Improving student outcomes is a top priority for me. Though Oregon’s school funding formula provides additional funding for students of color, there’s no accountability that comes with those extra resources. We need to continue to fund access to summer school to prevent learning loss and restore testing requirements to target unique student interventions and help us better identify students who need extra help. We cannot exclude parents from their children’s education and hope to succeed. We need to expand access to school choice so students have an opportunity to learn in an environment that is best suited to their needs.

Jessica Gomez: Reinstitute high academic standards for public education. Encourage innovation and specialization within the public and charter school system by empowering parents to choose the school that best supports their child.

  • Work with school districts to implement two-way immersion language programs beginning in kindergarten.
  • Establish a statewide youth apprenticeship program beginning in the 11th grade so students graduate with a career path and work experience.
  • Implement a universal college credit program that ensures all credits earned are applied toward a degree. Credits would be fully transferrable between any community college and public university in the state.

Bud Pierce: We need wholesale education improvement. Oregon has created an education bureaucracy that doesn’t take into account the unique aspects of our diverse population. We must provide local communities with the authority and accountability to provide quality education to all students. We cannot lower standards. We need to raise the quality of how we deliver education to students so they can compete in the future. Students and parents should decide on which school the student attends, and by having the money follow the student, will lead to significant improvement in public education. I believe the true purpose of education is to equip young people to lead a productive working life.

Stan Pulliam: The problem this question describes is not limited to just rural or minority students, but all kids in Oregon are suffering from a failed education system. Instead of improving schools we’ve lowered the bar for graduation requirements. We need to partner with the building trades to keep students who aren’t interested in college engaged and career-ready. Mentorship programs should be expanded. And school boards should focus on education and training, not social engineering and indoctrination. Above all, we need leaders who promote school choice and customized learning options that parents and students can choose based on their needs.

Bob Tiernan: Oregon’s schools are failing all our children. Oregon’s graduation rates are some of the lowest in the country. School standards are slipping and politics, not the hard, core subjects and trade skills our kids need — are taking precedence. Oregon needs academic excellence. That means all schools competing for kids; school choice, vouchers, more charter schools, online learning and home school support, for all children regardless of income, where they live or color of their skin.

UNAFFILIATED:

Betsy Johnson: Oregon’s educational accountability problems go back long before we made the mistake of closing schools during COVID. First, we need to honestly acknowledge the problem. No sugar-coating. Second, I’ll appoint education leaders who will challenge the status quo – not defend it. Third, I’ll put the needs of students, parents and teachers ahead of the narrow union agenda: We can’t improve student performance by lowering standards and moving to a four-day school week as they want. Fourth, create performance rewards for local schools to innovate. Fifth, ensure local school boards and parents make decisions, not politicians and bureaucrats in Salem.

Oregon candidates for governor: What would they do immediately to address homelessness?




By Hillary Borrud | The Oregonian/OregonLive Oregon candidates for governor this year are talking a lot about how they would tackle the state’s homelessness crisis, with good reason: Voters have been…

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Oregon Republican debate: How candidates for governor said they’d address top issues

Oregon Republican debate: How candidates for governor said they’d address top issues

Bridget Barton, Jessica Gomez, Bud Pierce and Stan Pulliam faced off on the issues of homelessness, crime, education and more. PORTLAND, Ore. – Most Oregon voters have their ballots and Election Day is just weeks away for the May Primary. Democratic Gov. Kate Brown is term-limited and cannot run again.

Next Oregon governor could change state’s approach to abortion after Supreme Court decision

Next Oregon governor could change state’s approach to abortion after Supreme Court decision

Democrats, independent Betsy Johnson and Republican Jessica Gomez oppose the Supreme Court’s expected decision. (Caleb Wolf/Special to Salem Reporter) In recent years, Oregon has established itself as a haven for abortion rights, providing access at no cost to Oregonians and creating a fund for out-of-state patients who can’t obtain care in their own states.

Jessica Gomez Urges State to Take Immediate Action to Avoid Public Defender “Crisis”

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Candidates for Oregon governor tackle state issues in unique Q&A

Candidates for Oregon governor tackle state issues in unique Q&A

Issues from crime and safety to climate change to education were put to every candidate running for governor in Oregon. Here’s how they responded in a statewide media collaboration in which Malheur Enterprise participated. Locked boxes organized by voting precinct are used to shuttle ballots to various stations at the Malheur County Courthouse for processing by the Malheur County Clerk’s Office.

Republican hopefuls join Pamplin Media Group forum

Republican hopefuls join Pamplin Media Group forum

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – KOIN 6’s media partner Pamplin Media Group hosted an earlier debate among Oregon Republican gubernatorial hopefuls on Thursday afternoon. The candidates for the Pamplin debate included Jessica Gomez, Nick Hess, Kerry McQuisten and Marc Thielman. Watch Pamplin Media Group’s coverage of the debate here Gomez and Hess are entrepreneurs.

Oregon Republican voters must choose from among 19 candidates for governor




Oregon Republican voters must choose from among 19 candidates for governor There is broad agreement among the top Republican candidates for governor on which issue facing the state is most…

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Jessica Gomez On Health Care

Jessica Gomez On Health Care

As Oregon continues to contend with the pandemic, health care workforce shortages, and the impending loss of Oregon Health Plan coverage for hundreds of thousands of people, the state’s next governor will have no shortage of health care crises to tackle.

Know Your Candidates 2022: Jessica Gomez (R), running for Oregon governor

Know Your Candidates 2022: Jessica Gomez (R), running for Oregon governor

Throughout the 2022 election, KATU News is helping you “Know Your Candidates” with a series of interviews with people who will appear on your ballot. We are asking local candidates running for the same office the same series of questions, so you can compare their answers.

Candidates for Governor: Jessica Gomez

Candidates for Governor: Jessica Gomez

This month, we invited nine of the candidates vying to be Oregon’s next governor for interviews. The seat is open for the first time since 2015. Jessica Gomez is seeking the Republican nomination. She is the founder and CEO of a small microelectronics manufacturer in Medford and the only candidate who identifies publicly as Latina.

JESSICA GOMEZ: MEASURE 110 HAS BEEN A FAILURE

Jessica Gomez: Measure 110 has been a failure

By Jessica Gomez for Governor Press Release We’re all too familiar with the words “chaos” and “failure” dominating the headlines when it comes to our state government. Just this week, The Oregonian detailed the “total chaos” of Oregon’s failed drug decriminalization experiment. From the article:

Chamber hosts forum for Oregon Republican Gubernatorial Candidates

Chamber hosts forum for Oregon Republican Gubernatorial Candidates

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore – Four of the nineteen Republican candidates participated in a forum hosted by the Klamath County Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday. The candidates answered a variety of questions from the business climate and taxes to rent control and tribal relations.

Jessica Gomez Bets on Herself

Jessica Gomez Bets on Herself

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jessica Gomez, a Medford businesswoman, has loaned her campaign $300,000. That means she has more than $455,000 on hand for outreach and advertising in the weeks leading up to the May 17 primary. That’s more than at least two of her higher-profile opponents.

GOP candidate for governor Jessica Gomez speaks with NewsChannel 21

GOP candidate for governor Jessica Gomez speaks with NewsChannel 21 – KTVZ

NewsChannel 21 met with Republican gubernatorial candidate Jessica Gomez on Saturday. Gomez’s top three priorities are building a strong resilient regional economy, public safety and education. Gomez is founder and CEO of a company that makes microchips. She has lived in Southern Oregon for about 20 years.

A record number of Latinas are running for governor

‘The bench is loaded’: A record number of Latinas are running for governor

Correction appended. When Annette Taddeo ran for an open Florida Senate seat in 2017, the Democrat said party leaders privately called her with a clear message about her chances in the special election. “They said, ‘We don’t want you to run. We don’t think you can win,'” she recalled to The 19th.

Governor’s office made Intel’s expansion a top Oregon priority; what happened next?

Governor’s office made Intel’s expansion a top Oregon priority; what happened next?

As Gov. Kate Brown’s staff sketched out their priorities last June for the remainder of her term in office, Intel’s pending expansion made the shortlist. Berri Leslie, the governor’s deputy chief of staff, suggested in a memo that additional tax breaks and other incentives could show the state’s commitment to the chip industry and encourage semiconductor manufacturers to expand in Oregon.

One-on-one with Republican candidate for Oregon governor Jessica Gomez

One-on-one with Republican candidate for Oregon governor Jessica Gomez

Next year’s race for Oregon governor is shaping up to be an eventful one. So far, around 20 people have filed to run for office, and we expect that number to grow. Governor Kate Brown can’t run again due to term limits, so candidates are lining up ahead of the May 17 primary.

Has Oregon Been Blocked Out of the Chip Industry for Good?




Has Oregon Been Blocked Out of the Chip Industry for Good? (TNS) – As Oregon Gov. Kate Brown’s staff sketched out their priorities last June for the remainder of her…

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Oregon Republican gubernatorial candidates show differences in combating homeless issue

Oregon Republican gubernatorial candidates show differences in combating homeless issue – KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2

SOUTHERN OREGON, -One Republican candidate for governor is taking her competition to task, on Oregon’s homeless issue. A Rogue Valley businesswoman doesn’t like fellow candidate Stan Pulliam’s stance on the issue. Pulliam released his plan to crack down on homelessness earlier this month. He said in part, “We must begin by acknowledging there is a […]

JOHNSON CANDIDACY DIVIDES REPUBLICANS

Murmurs: Sex Work Decriminalization Campaign Withdraws Petition

SEX WORK DECRIMINALIZATION CAMPAIGN WITHDRAWS PETITION: An advocacy group seeking to decriminalize sex work through a ballot initiative withdrew its petition Jan. 21. “We are fully committed to decriminalizing and destigmatizing sex work in Oregon,” Anne Marie Bäckstöm, political director of the Sex Worker Rights campaign, tells WW.

A ‘Forward-Thinking’ Republican

A ‘Forward-Thinking’ Republican

Jessica Gomez is one of the few Latina CEOs in the U.S. and wants to be Oregon’s first Latina governor. But she doesn’t see running the government like operating a business, a common Republican view on governance.

Jessica Gomez on running for Oregon governor, top issues, what’s going right

Jessica Gomez on running for Oregon governor, top issues, what’s going right

KOIN 6 News contacted candidates who are planning to run for Oregon governor in 2022, asking them to respond to these three questions: Why are you running for governor? In your opinion, what are the top three issues Oregon is facing right now? What is something you believe is going right in Oregon and how […]

Who’s running for Oregon governor?

Who’s running for Oregon governor?

Dozens of candidates say they have what it takes to lead Oregon to a brighter future by: Amanda Arden Posted: / Updated: PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Oregon’s primary election is more than a year away, but already more than two dozen people have expressed interest in running for governor.

Gomez brings candidacy for governor to Coos County

Gomez brings candidacy for governor to Coos County

Jessica Gomez has proven she can be a highly-successful businesswoman. Now she has even bigger dreams. Gomez, who co-owns a micro-chip facility with her husband, announced recently she is running for governor as a Republican. Last week, she brought her campaign to Coos County to discuss the needs of the community as well as the issues she feels are important for the state.

One-on-one with Republican candidate for Oregon governor Jessica Gomez

One-on-one with Republican candidate for Oregon governor Jessica Gomez

Next year’s race for Oregon governor is shaping up to be an eventful one. So far, around 20 people have filed to run for office, and we expect that number to grow. Governor Kate Brown can’t run again due to term limits, so candidates are lining up ahead of the May 17 primary.

Oregon’s governor race gets crowded

Oregon’s governor race gets crowded

The election to choose Oregon’s next governor is still more than a year away, but the crowd of candidates is already approaching a dozen. So far, nine Republicans and six Democrats have filed to run in next May’s primary election. More candidates are expected to file in the future.

Republican candidates for Oregon governor talk COVID-19 in Corvallis

Republican candidates for Oregon governor talk COVID-19 in Corvallis

Eight Republican candidates for governor answered questions from a forum audience at the Elks Lodge in Corvallis on Wednesday, Oct. 13 on a night in which the party’s response to the coronavirus pandemic was on full display.

Candidate for governor says she wants to get the state back on course

Candidate for governor says she wants to get the state back on course

Jessica Gomez, a Medford resident and business owner, joins an already crowded field of Republicans who want to step into the state’s top political slot. Medford business owner Jessica Gomez said she is optimistic about her chances in race for Oregon governor. (The Enterprise/ABBY McDONALD).

Gubernatorial Candidate Jessica Gomez returns to Eastern Oregon

Gubernatorial Candidate Jessica Gomez returns to Eastern Oregon

Saturday, September 11, 2021, Jefferson County Burgers and Politics, Crooked River Ranch9-11 Memorial Rally, presented by Oregon Veterans Motorcycle Association, Crooked River RanchMet with Mae Huston, Jefferson Co.

Guest View: Oregon’s high school diploma must not be devalued

Guest View: Oregon’s high school diploma must not be devalued

In Oregon, misplaced priorities have dropped our state to the near bottom nationally in terms of education. The recent decision to no longer verify that Oregon high school graduates can read, write or perform arithmetic at a high school level further diminishes the value of Oregon’s high school diploma.

Failure is not an option for Oregon students. That must change.

Opinion: Failure is an option for Oregon’s students. That must change

Decades ago, Oregon public schools were in the top ten in the country. Oregonians put their trust in our state to provide a quality education for their children. Over time, misplaced priorities have dropped our state to near the bottom in terms of education outcomes.

INSIDE DOUGLAS COUNTY 7.23.21 – KQEN News Radio

Republican candidate for Governor, Jessica Gomez share her thoughts and talks about what she would be if elected. Click here to download for later listening: IDC 7 23 21 Podcasts are presented by the Cow Creek Umpqua Tribe

The Business Review July 2021

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Gubernatorial candidate stops in Pendleton

Gubernatorial candidate stops in Pendleton

PENDLETON – Oregon 2022 gubernatorial candidate Jessica Gomez visited Pendleton Sunday, July 18, to campaign for her platform focusing on business, education and homelessness. Gomez, who is the founder and CEO of the Medford-based Rogue Valley Microdevices and chair of the Oregon Tech Board of Trustees, came to Pendleton to meet with the Oregon Wheat Growers League, talk with members of the community and listen to their concerns.

Oregon gubernatorial candidate Jessica Gomez visits Pendleton

Oregon gubernatorial candidate Jessica Gomez visits Pendleton

PENDLETON – Oregon gubernatorial candidate Jessica Gomez stops Sunday, July 18, in Pendleton on a swing through Eastern Oregon. Gomez is a tech entrepreneur from Medford. Her campaign announced she will meet with the Oregon Wheat Growers League and from 2:30-4 p.m. hold a meet and greet with local business leaders and community advocates at Roy Raley Park.

Oregon gubernatorial candidate to visit La Grande

Oregon gubernatorial candidate to visit La Grande

LA GRANDE – Oregon gubernatorial candidate Jessica Gomez will visit La Grande on Saturday, July 17, to attend Crazy Days and the La Grande Classic Car Show and to meet with local businesses. If elected, Gomez – a Medford resident and founder of Rogue Valley Microdevices – would be Oregon’s first female Republican governor.

Candidate says Baker GOP chair suggested she not attend Jubilee

Candidate says Baker GOP chair suggested she not attend Jubilee

Republican gubernatorial candidate Jessica Gomez’s campaign claims Suzan Ellis Jones, chair of the Baker County Republicans and mother of one of Gomez’s rivals, told Gomez’s campaign director that Gomez should consider not attending Miners Jubilee because a local candidate is also in the race. Gomez made the claim in a press release on Friday, July 9.

Gubernatorial Candidate Told to “Stay Away” From Baker County Festival

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Slant We were heartbroken to hear that Lawanda Manning passed away Friday, June 11. She was state Sen. James Manning’s wife, legislative staffer and, as the BIPOC Caucus in Salem…

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Medford Tech Entrepreneur Jessica Gomez Announces Run for Governor




Medford Tech Entrepreneur Jessica Gomez Announces Run for Governor – NewsBreak Last week, Jessica Gomez officially announced her candidacy to be the next Governor of Oregon. “It is time for…

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Medford Tech Entrepreneur Jessica Gomez Announces Run for Governor




Medford Tech Entrepreneur Jessica Gomez Announces Run for Governor | Southern Coast Last week, Jessica Gomez officially announced her candidacy to be the next Governor of Oregon. (16 Jun 2021,…

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Medford Tech Entrepreneur Jessica Gomez Announces Run for Governor




Medford Tech Entrepreneur Jessica Gomez Announces Run for Governor Last week, Jessica Gomez officially announced her candidacy to be the next Governor of Oregon. “It is time for Oregonians to…

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Gomez Announces for Governor




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Medford Tech Entrepreneur Jessica Gomez Announces Run for Governor




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Jessica Gomez announces bid for Republican ticket in 2022 Oregon governor’s race




Jessica Gomez announces bid for Republican ticket in 2022 Oregon governor’s race Jessica Gomez, a small business owner from Southern Oregon, announced Wednesday that she is running for Oregon governor…

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Medford Tech Entrepreneur Jessica Gomez Announces Run for Governor




Once A Homeless Teen, Jessica Gomez Could Become Oregon’s First Female Republican Governor MEDFORD, Ore. (June 8, 2021) — Jessica Gomez today officially announced her candidacy to be the next…

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Medford entrepreneur announces candidacy for Governor




Medford entrepreneur announces candidacy for Governor Medford business owner Jessica Gomez is officially announcing her candidacy for Governor of Oregon in 2022. Gomez, a Republican, is the founder and CEO…

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Jessica in the News

October 26, 2021

It’s not every day that you see someone drive from Medford to the Woodburn area with the sole purpose of touring a couple of businesses. That’s what gubernatorial candidate Jessica Gomez did.

Read more at the Portland Tribune
September 27, 2021
Investments in infrastructure, more intensive forest management strategies, and education reform were among the main topics Gubernatorial Candidate Jessica Gomez discussed with Oregonians while visiting with local business and community leaders across Eastern Oregon last week.
Read more at the Klamath Falls News
September 7, 2021
In Oregon, misplaced priorities have dropped our state to the near bottom nationally in terms of education.
Read more at the The Register Guard
July 6, 2021

Medford’s Jessica Gomez announced her candidacy last week and said the state is overdue for a policy reboot through strategic planning and investing.

Read more at the Portland Tribune
June 19, 2021

Jessica Gomez has overcome plenty of adversity in her life, so why not try to become Oregon’s first female Republican governor, too?

Read more at the Albany Democrat-Herald

June 9, 2021

Oregon’s 2022 race for governor is starting to heat up on the Republican side, with the announcement Tuesday by Medford small business owner Jessica Gomez that she is entering the fray.

Read More at OregonLive
June 9, 2021

Jessica Gómez, una microempresaria del sur de Oregon, anunció el miércoles su candidatura para convertirse en gobernadora de Oregon bajo el partido republicano.

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June 8, 2021

Jessica Gomez, co-founder of Rogue Valley Microdevices, launched her campaign ffor the Republican nomination for Oregon’s governor Tuesday.

Read more at Portland Business Journal