Andy Saultz

State Representative, House District 33

Andy Saultz is running in the Democratic primary for House District 33 to build the future our children deserve. He is an educator and father with deep roots in House District 33, with the progressive attitude and experience we need representing children and families.

Andy grew up in the Cedar Mill area and attended Ridgewood Elementary, Cedar Park Middle and Sunset High School. He has always had a passion for politics and educational advocacy. In second grade, Andy was sent to the principal’s office for advocating a ‘no vote’ on Measure 5 too close to the polling station at Ridgewood. In high school, he spent a lot of time on classwork and playing sports, where he was a two-time all-Metro basketball player. He also started dating Jenny (still his partner), during their junior year at Sunset and followed his heart to Oregon State University. Andy was elected OSU’s student body president and also served as chair of the Oregon Student Association, a statewide organization that fights for college students. Andy was instrumental in the fight against tuition increases at OSU – helping delay a $3.2 million tuition increase for students.

Following their marriage, Andy entered the masters in teaching program at Lewis & Clark College and Jenny studied to become a doctor. Upon graduation, he worked as a public high school social studies teacher, coached high school baseball, and was elected to the local school board. Andy also earned a Ph.D. in Educational Policy from Michigan State University and worked as a professor of educational policy at Miami University. After Jenny finished her medical training, they moved back to their beloved childhood neighborhood.

Andy was hired as an assistant professor and Director of Ph.D. Program in Education and Leadership at Pacific University in Forest Grove. His research focuses on the connections between education, health, and economic policy and analyzes school accountability systems. He has published work on segregation, charter schools, Race to the Top, the Every Student Succeeds Act, teacher policy and the parallels between education and health policy. Andy has also served as a faculty mentor for LGBTQ undergraduates and graduate students of color, working to improve campus culture and cultural competency in working with historically marginalized communities. Throughout his adult life, Andy has been a volunteer in the community, working over the years at a nursing home, with the Salvation Army to feed people experiencing homelessness, and tutoring local high school students. Currently, he is a precinct committee person with the Washington County Democrats, on the board of directors of Washington County Kids, and on the board of the Cedar Mill Historical Society.

Andy and Jenny live in Cedar Mill. She is an oncologist at the Knight Cancer Center at Oregon Health Sciences University where she does bone marrow transplants and studies how to harness the immune system to fight leukemia. Together they raise their two sons, JD (3) and Alexander (1).

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This platform is an embodiment of my vision for Oregon, where all people, regardless of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ability status, veteran status, or religion, have equitable access to healthcare, quality education, justice, safety, housing, and a clean environment. While I support every plank in this platform, the two articles that best represent why I am running are the education and basic rights articles.

As a career educator and former school board member, a main reason why I am running is to improve Oregon’s public education system and implement many of the policies in this article. Currently, Oregon has the second-worst high school graduation rate and the shortest school year in the country. This is unacceptable and we must create a better public education system for the next generations of Oregonians. Most importantly, I will push for a stable budget model that gets us to QEM and lowers class sizes. I also fundamentally oppose efforts to privatize our education system and have a track record of fighting off efforts of privatization as an elected official. When I was a school board member on the Okemos Public Schools Board of Education during the Great Recession we faced significant budget cuts and there were efforts by a statewide group of people including, Betsy Devos to privatize our teacher’s health benefits, our school bus drivers, and our custodial staff. I took on Devos and led the resistance to these efforts of privatization. Instead of harming employees, we improved teacher professional development, created new programs for students from historically marginalized backgrounds, and kept strong employee benefits. Successfully fighting off these efforts of privatization is my proudest moment as a public servant.

The basic human rights article also encapsulates many reasons why I am running for the Oregon Legislature. Even when our economy was booming, many Oregonians could not afford healthcare, housing, food, or other essentials. Additionally, many Oregonians have also never had access to justice, healthy food, freedom of worship, quality education, clean water, or clean air. Ensuring that everyone has access to these inalienable human rights is a top priority of mine and that I will never compromise. Achieving these rights for all Oregonians is possible if we pass the legislative action items in this platform and ensure that every job truly pays a living wage with quality benefits. I will work tirelessly to pass this agenda and create a state where everyone has these basic human rights.

I. Basic Rights
We call on our state legislators to pursue universal publicly funded health care for the state of Oregon.
We call for all members of Oregon’s Congressional Delegation to co-sponsor and actively work for the passage of expanded and improved Medicare.
We support the continuation and expansion of Medicaid.
Agree
We recognize that there is a housing crisis in our local communities and across the state. We direct Multnomah County and the City of Portland to develop affordable housing for individuals and families with zero to moderate incomes. Agree
We strongly support women’s rights to reproductive freedom of choice including unfettered access to reproductive health care services regardless of their ability to pay.
We oppose any legislation that would defund Planned Parenthood.
Agree
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II: Natural Resources Protection and Recovery
We support passage of state legislation to change our goals for economy-wide reduction of Oregon’s Greenhouse Gas emissions to net zero by 2050 and at least 50% reduction by 2035. Agree
We support the development and passage of legislation to provide mandates and incentives to:

• Expand public transportation systems; Advance an early transition to electric and zero-emission vehicles;
• Advance weatherization and structural improvements in existing buildings; Support implementation of solar energy production;
• Advance new net-zero-energy buildings and methane-free new construction; Incentivize energy efficiency in Oregon’s industries;
• Improve tree canopy and rooftop plantings where possible in all urban areas to reduce heat island effect;
• Require that electricity be produced entirely by renewable sources by 2040 and require net zero carbon building codes by 2030.

Agree
We support the development and passage of a Forest Protection and Restoration Act that will:

• Eliminate clear-cut forestry on all publicly held and managed lands and maximize climate resilient management;
• Eliminate all tax incentives to industrial forests not employing climate resilient management practices that re-establish multi-species and multi-aged forests, including protecting riparian areas that will lower stream temperature for fish habitat, restore intact functioning watershed areas, reduce landslides, protect municipal water supplies, and restore floodplain functioning to Oregon’s rivers and streams;
• Maintain incentives and subsidize independent landholders who engage in these practices;
• Reduce roads in forests; Develop and implement treatments to restore healthy forest soils;
• Accelerate programs to reduce and eventually eliminate forest stream passage barriers in Oregon;
• And re-evaluate the property tax structure for Oregon’s commercial forests.

Agree
We support a ban for any new fossil fuel infrastructure. Agree
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III: Education
We call for legislation compelling large corporations to pay their fair share of taxes toward full funding to ensure the future of Oregon education Agree
We support public funding of a full-day, full-year, universal public preschool program for children age 3 to 4 in Multnomah County that is high quality, playbased, culturally responsive, and developmentally appropriate for young children. Agree
We recognize that poverty is a systemic problem embedded in society at large and believe that schools can be responsive in addressing poverty-related traumas, including the effects on highly mobile students. Therefore, we recommend that funding be invested in PreK-12 wrap-around services including mentoring, after-school programs, counselors, culturally relevant curriculum and instruction, and critical race theory initiatives, and other programs that have been proven effective in assuring student success. Agree
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IV: Equity
We call for proactive educational programs for all law enforcement personnel and for all local, city, county, and state government personnel to safeguard black and brown lives and protect them from race-based law enforcement actions that far too often end in death. Agree
We demand equal pay for equal work for women from all employers in Multnomah County. Agree
Black Lives Matter. We call for legislation that provides meaningful protection for African Americans at all levels of the justice system Agree
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V: Tribal Sovereignty
We call for universal, publicly funded health care to close health disparities exacerbated by Congress chronically under-funding Indian Health Service. Agree
We demand compliance with treaties between the United States and Tribal nations and hold the federal government to their trust responsibility. Agree
We support legislation that fully funds teams of investigators to work in consultation with Tribal authorities to respond to each murder and disappearance of Native American persons anywhere in Oregon. Agree
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VI. Historical and Ongoing Anti-Blackness in Oregon
We call on the Oregon State Legislature to immediately assess the Black correctional populations at the county, city, and state levels.
We also demand that there be review of punishments (bail amounts, sentence lengths, amount of time served before parole) being levied at unfairly high levels on Black Oregonians. This is particularly important for disparities based on gender and race for similar crimes to other racial/ethnic groups.
We demand there be significant Criminal Justice reform in the form of investment into counseling, alternative sentencing, job training, and rehabilitation for Oregon’s over-incarcerated Black population.
Agree
We call on the Oregon State Legislature to authorize bank audits to expose patterns of racial discrimination in lending and require these banks to extend loans to Black businesses and Black institutions. Wells Fargo and Umpqua received bailout from taxpayers and owe a debt to all taxpayers regardless of race. Additionally, Wells Fargo has a long and storied history of using predatory schemes to extract wealth from Black communities. Increasing SBA loans to Black businesses would be an excellent way for banks to begin to redress the past harms they have inflicted on Black communities. Agree
The Oregon State Legislature must create a law that mandates public schools in the state teach students about America’s original sin of slavery and the Jim Crow era that followed, with an emphasis on the state of Oregon.
The legislation should also incentivize the training, hiring, and retention of Black American teachers to teach the aforementioned subject matters. This will help address the Black teacher shortage in Oregon.
Agree
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VII. Justice
We call for the repeal of all mandatory minimum sentencing in Oregon, substituting Guidelines in its place, and allowing a judge to have discretion in all cases. Agree
We call on the State Legislature to pass pay equity legislation for Public Defenders and Prosecutors and their staffs. Agree
The Oregon Legislature should do away with cash bail, which discriminates against poor people, who are disproportionally people of color. Agree
We believe that the voters of Oregon should abolish the Death Penalty and life without parole sentencing. Agree
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VIII. Election Integrity and Legislative Alignment
We demand campaign finance reform.
We demand that the state Attorney General challenge corporate personhood, and that state and federal legislators pass laws and a constitutional amendment clarifying that corporations are not people and money is not speech
Agree
We encourage voters to pass an Oregon constitutional amendment to allow the state to regulate political contributions and expenditures.
We call for Oregon state legislation to set limits on contributions by individuals, PACS, corporations, and unions to candidates, candidate committees, political party committees and any other political committee
Agree
We support legislation that requires voter-verifiable paper ballots in all elections, and tabulation software that is open source, non-proprietary, and available for public scrutiny and analysis with source code that is verified using a public method by qualified third parties independent of any political party or vendor, and that guarantees secure chains of custody so there can be no modifications after certification. Agree
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IX. Media
We support a comprehensive net neutral public utility to provide state of the art internet access to serve all end users. Agree
We support the full funding of Public Broadcasting stations and networks, possibly supplemented by small donations from the public, to eliminate the inhibition of investigative reporting of sponsoring entities.
We support the development of ways to assure stable funding well-protected from political interference.
Agree
We support corporate responsibility with the management of our personal data. We demand internet media companies pay individuals for use of their personal data, and if there is a data breach to pay for all damages. Agree
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X. Economy
We support breaking up monopolies, starting with barring Internet common carriers (i.e. Google, Facebook) from competing with businesses that use them. Agree
We support the creation of a public bank in Portland/Oregon Agree
We support the creation of either a cap-and-trade program or a carbon tax with dividend to recognize the need to eliminate fossil fuel use as one means to fight global warming. Agree
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XI. Labor and Workers’ Rights
We call for the decriminalization of paid sexual acts between consenting adults and legislation allowing sex workers to organize. Agree
We oppose all legislation that diminishes workers’ rights to organize. Agree
We support legislation requiring retraining of displaced workers. We call for state and federal legislation to provide transition plans as technology and innovation change the workplace Agree
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XII. Immigration
We call on the Federal Government to never take immigrant children away from their detained parents and to reunite families that have already been separated. Agree
We call on every member of the Oregon Congressional delegation to cosponsor and actively work for the passage of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM Act). Agree
We call on the State and local governments of Oregon to adopt policies that protect immigrants from unlawful enforcement of immigration laws. In addition, we call on the institutions to not participate in the enforcement of Federal immigration laws Agree
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XIII. Infrastructure
We support legislation to promote and implement high-speed rail or other high-speed technology, including monorail, within Oregon and along the West Coast. Agree
We support construction of renewable energy facilities or facilities that include carbon sequestration technology. Agree
We support public funding for electric vehicle infrastructure throughout Oregon. Agree
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XIV. Abuse of Power
We support efforts to stipulate that corporations are not people, and money is not speech. Agree
We call for responding to drug addiction with treatment not imprisonment. Agree
We support legislation holding law enforcement personnel liable for inflicting harm through the use of excessive force. Agree
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