Lisa Reynolds

State Representative, House District 36, Portland’s Westside

I am a physician, a mom, and an activist.

I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. We were not a family of means. The four of us kids qualified for free lunches. Still, my mom would take us to the nearby migrant farm worker camps where we would drop off clothes and blankets.

Four and a half years ago, after the shooting at Umpqua Community College that left 10 dead, I joined Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense. As volunteer legislative lead for Oregon’s chapter, I helped recruit and organize hundreds of activists to come to Salem, talk to their legislators and pass laws that save lives. For the past two years, I’ve been working on a bill that would require secure gun storage. It has failed to advance in the  legislature (2019, 2020) and we have a ballot measure ready to go for November 2020, but will be unable to gather signatures in Stay Home orders. Another opportunity has been lost to pass a bill that will save lives the day it is enacted.

I used my experience in organizing and activism to co-found Indivisible Oregon on New Year’s Day 2017. Indivisible was formed to thwart the Trump agenda through organizing, protests, calling on US Members of Congress and election work. I’ve been a lifelong democrat-donating my time and my treasure to Democratic candidates and causes. I remember being one of only two kids in my grade school class who “voted” for McGovern. I knocked doors for Mondale and every democratic candidate for president since. I even travelled to Ohio in 2016 to help Hillary’s campaign. In 2018, I went all in on flipping the US House. I organized and participated in phone banks, fundraisers and canvasses for US Congressional candidates Jamie McLeod Skinner (Dem for OR2) and Carolyn Long (Dem for WA3). While we didn’t prevail in those particular races, the nationwide movement organized by Indivisible groups and Swing Left won the day, by changing the balance of power in the US House to Democratic control.

Helping shepherd babies into children into teens and beyond has been my life’s work. And it’s tremendously rewarding. I see what is and what is not working for Oregon families. And I want to do MORE for these families than what I can accomplish from my exam room. Also, I believe, given that 27% of Oregon’s budget goes to healthcare, we need more health care experts in Salem. This motivated me to run for office. My priorities are gun violence prevention, improved health for every Oregonian, supportive, affordable housing and action on climate change.

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The Basic Rights platform includes (#11) a call for our state legislature to pursue universal publicly funded health care for the state of Oregon, and to call on our US Members of congress to expand Medicare. As a physician, I believe that a single payer model is a tool (not a goal) to get us to universal health coverage and improved health for all Oregonians. A single payer model will be more cost effective and it will enable Oregon to negotiate for bulk pricing on medication and health care services. It will allow innovation building a health care system that puts people first. Note: I have been endorsed by the Oregon Single Payer Advocates.

The Education platform includes (#4) support for public funding of a full-day, full-year, universal public preschool program for children age 3-4 in Multnomah County. As a pediatrician, I understand the crucial importance of the first 2000 days of life, ie the first five years. I know that quality preschool is the best preparation for arriving on the first day of Kindergarten ready to learn. And, Kindergarten readiness translates to higher third grade reading scores which is correlate with achieving high school graduation and future post secondary and career success. I am a strong supporter in universal preschool. Indeed, I believe we need it for the whole state!

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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I’ve already commented on public funding of insurance.
Housing is healthcare. We must provide housing for every Oregonian. It is a prerequisite to health and stability.
I am a provider of reproductive health services. As a pediatrician, I discuss sexual health and contraception every day in my practice. I recommend and prescribe different forms of birth control. I screen for sexually transmitted infections. I have counseled pregnant teenagers on their options and have discussed spacing of children for the parents of the infants in my practice. I am a prochoice champion who walks the talk on full unfettered access to reproductive health services.

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 favor aggressive action on climate change.

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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I’ve already commented on my support for universal preschool.
I think it is important to understand that these next 2-4 years will be all about response and recovery from the pandemic and the economic depression that the crisis has wrought. This will directly influence our revenue streams and our budget.

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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Inequity is a key reason I am running for office. As a pediatrician, I see how the health and the opportunities of my patients of color suffers because of systemic racism. I want to work on larger solutions so that I can help my patients beyond what I can do in the exam room. As a Spanish speaking physician, I am particularly concerned about the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 in that community.

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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Oregon’s long history of racism demands a strong response.

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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Thank you. As a physician, the death penalty is anathema to me. Furthermore, it’s clear it does not provide the “closure” that victims hope for. Given that 1 out 9 death penalty convictions get overturned, it’s unconscionable that we still put these prisoners to death. Cash bail makes being poor a jail sentence. We must do away with mandatory minimums and allow judges to make sentences. AND we need to shore up the public defender system. The right to an attorney is protected by the constitution and we must honor that right.

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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I am a strong supporter of campaign finance reform. We must get money and its influence out of politics. AND we need nation-wide vote by mail! (I know that is beyond the scope of Multnomah County Democrats.)

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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This pandemic has taught us that lack of access to technology (wifi) is directly harming school children. Wifi access should function like a utility.

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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Cap and trade is a good start to combat our climate crisis.

XI. Labor and Workers’ Rights
We call for the decriminalization of paid sexual acts between consenting adults and legislation allowing sex workers to organize. Disagree
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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I have not researched the sex workers issue sufficiently. My main concern is that sex work is historically very exploitative of women, especially young women.

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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YES YES YES The trauma our immigrant children have suffered at the hands of our government is literally a heartbreak that keeps me up at night.

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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We need major upgrades in our transportation systems in our quest to make an impact on climate change. We need it to be equitable and accessible throughout the county and the state.

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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