Gresham resident says education funding, jobs key

Of the three candidates running for House District 50, only one - incumbent Rep. John Lim, R-Gresham - returned calls requesting an interview.

Lim served two Senate terms from 1993 to 2000 before term limits, which the Oregon Supreme Court later ruled unconstitutional, took effect and ended his political career.

Then Multnomah County commissioners appointed Lim to Senate District 25 in January 2004, after Sen. John Minnis resigned to take a job as Director of the state's Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.

But instead of running as the incumbent, Lim decided to swap his senate seat for House District 50 and won the election that November.

Now he is running against two opponents - Libertarian Brian D. Lowery and Democrat Jill Selman-Ringer, both of Gresham - in his quest for a second two-year term.

Lim said one of his proudest moments was being chief sponsor of a bill to increase math and English requirements so high school students can compete in a global economy. If elected to a second term, he hopes to continue with his efforts to secure adequate and stable education funding.

Lim calls himself an effective legislator with integrity.

'I am committed to making a difference in our community,' he said.

Local residents still have Multnomah County's temporary income tax on their minds, and Lim said he understands how important it is for citizens to keep more of the money they earn.

Other areas of concern for Lim in East Multnomah County are job growth, high health-care costs and stable education funding.

With the economy starting to 'soften up a little bit,' knowing how much money the state needs for a 'soft landing' is critical, Lim said.

He believes the state should direct corporate kickers to a rainy-day fund, which could then be used to help fund education. Lim also has drafted a bill to require 1 percent of lottery revenue be saved in a rainy-day fund.

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