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Candidate Comparison: Reardon vs. Marihart
District 48 is East Portland along I-205

Editor's note: Oregon Abigail Adams Voter Education Project equips voters with information on how candidates stand on issues through a questionnaire process featured in comparison guides.

Candidate for House District 48 Edward Marihart is challenging incumbent Jeff Reardon, his 5th run to represent portions of Clackamas and Multnomah Counties.

Three major issues to Oregon voters are the economy, safety and education. Reardon voted to increase taxes and fees including cap and trade, corporate gross receipts tax (CAT), and reduce the kicker. Voted against an agriculture necessities exemption from the CAT tax, and voted for the prohibition on hydraulic fracturing for oil and gas exploration and production. In the 2020 Special Session he voted for a 6% cell phone tax. Marihart indicates he would vote no on these issues and says he doesn’t support any “new tax and personal income tax should be reduced.”

Reardon’s idea of safety is to sign a letter to US Attorney General William Barr demanding “immediate withdrawal of federal operatives from the City of Portland.” He helped sponsor the bill that nullified Measure 88 passed by voters allowing undocumented driver’s license and he helped sponsor a bill that allows not requiring proof of citizenship to obtain a driver’s license. Voted to require employers to notify employees of ICE investigations, and prevent courts from asking immigration status and notifying ICE. Marihart would vote no and supports voters. He also supports the work of ICE and the courts.

In the area of education, Reardon voted to include contributions in all curricula from every minority group such as immigrants, LGBTQ, disabled and women. He voted for mandated vaccinations with no exceptions and to ban students from schools that don’t comply. Marihart would vote against forced vaccinations for private schools, and would vote against curriculum mandates to include minority group contributions. He supports local control and school choice.


--Donna Bleiler

Post Date: 2020-09-18 14:31:59Last Update: 2020-09-18 15:06:24



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