Anna Williams

State Representative, House District 52, Sandy/Hood River

Anna Williams is a social worker, academic advisor, a mother of two wonderful boys, and the current State Representative for House District 52.

She lives in Hood River with her family. Her husband is a high school math teacher. They moved here in 2008 to raise their family.

Anna has dedicated her life to public service. In the district, she has worked with domestic abuse survivors, homebound seniors, low-income families struggling to find housing, and other members of the community. As a teacher and academic advisor, she’s worked one-on-one with students. Her work experience has been focused on making life better for people in the community, and her values have been shaped by the stories of clients and students.

These experiences inform her work in Salem and she’s running for re-election because we still have work to do to close disparities between our urban and rural communities, to ensure we’re holding polluters accountable by implementing stronger environmental standards, and to ensure the historic education funding we passed goes toward reducing class sizes and ensuring students and teachers have what they need. In the midst of this health crisis, Anna stands strongly in support of expanding access to quality, affordable health care regardless of job or income. She believes that must work together to address the housing crisis plaguing every community in Oregon.

“I want to be a part of a transparent government that works collaboratively to serve the people of Oregon. We’ve made great progress, but as so many people lose their livelihood in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s clear there’s plenty left to do to make our state work better for everyone. That’s why I’m running for re-election.”

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Article II – Natural Resources Protection & Recovery

Our natural resources are a treasure and they must be protected. I’ve worked in communities like HD-52 to help build sustainable tourism economies – we can respect our air, water, and land, while ensuring a prosperous long-term future for the people living and working there. Oregonians know that climate change is one of the most serious threats we face and they want to see action.

As we look to ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions in the long-run we need to be cognizant of the impacts that any policies may have on our vulnerable rural communities, agricultural communities, and low-income families in our state. These communities have historically contributed far less to ozone depletion than their wealthier, urban counterparts, but often face the greatest and most immediate repercussions of climate change.

Here in Oregon, we pride ourselves on and cherish our natural heritage. Over the last few years we’ve implemented clean fuel standards, have taken initiatives to gradually eliminate the use of coal, and just last year we banned offshore drilling. Now, we must take the lead in calling for effective mitigation of climate change immediately. We can’t afford to do it any other way.

Article XI – Labor and Workers’ Rights

The hardworking people of Oregon are the backbone of our state’s economy. Yet, when crises like the current coronavirus pandemic hit our communities, it’s our working families that bear the brunt and experience the highest rates of job loss, income reduction, and residential displacement.

It’s our farmworkers, grocery store clerks, baristas, and fast food employees who are keeping the world going right now, and who are putting their lives at risk every single day doing it; even though many of their employers fail to offer them a livable wage, full-time employment, affordable healthcare, or paid medical leave. It’s our frontline workers, our emergency responders and medical professionals, who we will have to thank for healing our friends and family; and for getting us back on track.

Discussions around who we consider the “essential workforce” and where our values align with regards to labor have shifted over the last several weeks, and I think this is the perfect time to have conversations about how we treat our workers. Labor unions have for decades protected our most vulnerable workers, and are who we have to thank for 40-hour work weeks, child labor laws, and paid breaks.

Workers deserve livable wages, high-quality healthcare, paid medical leave, and the right to collectively bargain to address common needs in the workplace. Here in Oregon, we’ve seen that when we take care of our workers, our workers take care of us. I’m proud to live in a state where we value workers of all kinds, with one of the highest minimum wages in the nation; and I’m proud to have voted in favor of our state’s new paid family & medical leave policy, which has been recognized as the most progressive and comprehensive in the nation.

I stand for a fair economy, and as state representative, I will continue to champion labor and make sure that our frontline workers are not left behind when crafting COVID-19 relief legislation.

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.
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.
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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.

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.

We support a ban for any new fossil fuel infrastructure. Agree
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I support the development and passage of legislation to provide mandates and incentives to improving climate mitigation infrastructure statewide. These policies need to be crafted with consideration of our rural communities, who often live within transportation deserts and face additional geographical barriers to accessing the basic resources they need to survive.

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.
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.
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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
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
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.
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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I support the construction of renewable energy facilities, but it’s important to ensure the full participation of any tribal entities who may be impacted by the construction of such facilities.

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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