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Candidate Name: Nick Chen
Office Candidate is running for: Governor
Campaign Website: nickchen.org
# ISSUE ANSWER
CANDIDATE COMPARISON QUESTIONS
Please answer "yes" or "no" to the following questions. The optional explanations will be included in your Individual Candidate Guide.
1 Do you support Oregon taking full financial responsibility for constructing a new bridge over the Columbia River? No
  A bridge is used to unite two sides. The benefits will impact both states, the burden should fall the same.
2 Do you support additional increases in fuel taxes for infrastructure repairs still unfunded? No
  I don't believe the solution to problems is taxation. Increased revenue is lost to reckless spending and unbalanced budgets.
3 Do you support a sales tax in Oregon? No
  No, this disproportionately affects low income families.
4 Do you support selling state property to fund the deficit in PERS? No
  That land is every Oregonian's land, not the employees of the state. We must find alternate means to fix PERS.
5 Do you support returning Oregon land under control of the federal government to Oregon? (Federal government controls 60% of Oregon's land.) Yes
  For management purposes and not to immediately sell to foreign investors.
6 Do you believe better forest management would have significantly reduced the number of acres that burned in Oregon last summer? Yes
  That shouldn't even be up for debate. Mismanagement stemming from bureaucracy over experience.
7 Do you support registration for all privately owned guns? No
  We should discuss solutions to increasing public safety but I believe this to be an ineffective use of time and resources.
8 Do you believe more laws are an effective response to gun violence? No
  Not the current laws, finding them is possible. We have to be willing to protect our rights and face hard truths to find them.
9 Do you support a sheriff's authority to determine which firearm regulations violate the Second Amendment when categorizing priorities for enforcement? No
  The Constitution is not left to the interpretation of a sheriff.
10 Do you support the repeal of Oregon's sanctuary state law? Yes
  I am believe in open borders. Sanctuary Status is political showboating and not a solution.
11 Do you support sections 1021 and 1022 of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act allowing the U.S. Military to arrest and detain ANY "suspected" terrorist without trial, legal counsel, or accusation of wrongdoing? No
  This is what our Constitution stands against and should protect us from.
12 Do you support state government taking a more active role in private business? No
  How can the Government remain objective if they are actively involved?
13 Do you support expanding traffic enforcement cameras to the entire state? No
  Proven waste of money.
14 Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? Yes
 
15 Do you support green urban renewal projects backed by public funds? Decline
  If there is a surplus, the people initiate a bill, and pass a budgeted plan, then sure.
16 Do you support limiting the sale of Oregon farm land to only U.S. citizens? (over 2% is currently owned by foreign countries) No
  That isn't how capitalism works.
17 Do you support small business mining in rural Oregon? Decline
  I must admit I am not educated in the subject enough to have a valid response.
18 Do you support restricting the "emergency clause" in legislation as true emergencies? Yes
 
19 Do you support a process for impeachment of Oregon executive branch officials by state legislators? Yes
  There should always be a process for holding all members of Government accountable.
20 Do you support developing court programs as an alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders? Yes
  If they are more effective at preventing recidivism at a lower cost, then yes.
21 Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders? No
  This will not solve our drug problem. This will create more criminals. This will cost the state a lot of money.
22 Do you believe the U.S. Constitution supports the inclusion of Sharia Law? No
  It supports the right to practice religion free from government interference AND participation.
23 Do you support an Oregon Constitutional amendment to require proof of U.S. citizenship to register to vote in Oregon? Decline
  To register, not to vote. Once registered you would not be required to provide it again.
24 Do you support any method of directly electing the president by popular vote? No
  We have an electoral college for a reason. Representation is done through Congress, arguably more important than President.
25 Do you support a primary election where all voters vote to determine the top two candidates regardless of their party affiliation? No
  Each party should be able to provide their candidate for election free from outside influence.
26 Do you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions? Yes
  Only that campaign funds must be used only for campaign purposes. Never as personal income.
27 Do you support reclassifying hydropower as a renewable resource? Decline
  Renewable and Readily Available are not the same concerning the environmental side effects.
28 Do you subscribe to the theory that Oregon's human activity has an impact on carbon emissions affecting global warming? Yes
  While we may be contributing I am not convinced we are the cause. I do recognize the planet is warming according to data not why
29 Do you subscribe to the theory that geoengineering used for weather control is killing ecosystems and forests and increasing fire hazards? Decline
  I am not educated in this field enough to provide a valid answer
30 Do you support increased regulations on the hydraulic fracturing (fracking) industry? Yes
  I do not support Fracking.
31 Do you support a single-payer health insurance system? No
  This is not fiscally viable. Alternative means to creating a more affordable healthcare system need to be pursued.
32 Do you support increasing insurance premiums to cover elective treatments? No
 
33 Do you support market-based health care system with Health Savings Accounts that allow Oregonians to control their own medical care? Yes
 
34 Do you support an Oregon Constitutional amendment to create a fair statewide process to appoint the Superintendent of Public Instruction? No
 
35 Do you support repealing the Oregon Department of Education's decision to require use of the Common Core State Standards? Decline
  Because I am not an educator I would have to spend more time discussing this issue with the boots on the ground.
36 Do you support a rigorous testing curriculum as a means for teaching? No
  This is an ineffective way of determining the broad range of skills different people possess.
37 Do you support giving local school districts the authority to determine what is best for their particular schools to increase attendance and improve graduation rates? Yes
 
38 Do you believe that gender identity instruction is appropriate for grades K-3? No
  They should already be learning to accept all people, they should be focused on learning the basics before complex sociology.
39 Do you support conventions held to instruct on sexual options and activities between all types of individuals for middle and high school students? No
  While I believe in supporting the disenfranchised I believe this is beyond the function of Government.
40 Will you support legislation and vote to restore legal protection to unborn babies? Decline
  I believe it is a life. I believe in the legal right to abortion. To limit the numbers I support easy access to birth control.
41 Do you support making abortion illegal after 20 weeks when the fetus feels pain? Yes
  Yes, I believe brain function of the fetus supersedes the Woman's rights. Both entities are then sovereign.
42 Do you support requiring all Oregon employers to use the federal E-Verify system to determine the employee's work eligibility status? Decline
  Does it even work?
43 Do you support transitioning Oregon to a "Right-to-Work" state in which joining a union would be optional? Yes
 
44 Do you support the First Amendment rights of business owners to run their business in accordance with their religious beliefs?
  If you want to conduct a business you have to adhere to anti-discrimination laws. Make the cake and love who you choose.
45 Do you believe the U.S. Constitution supports a limited Convention of States to address a specified subject? Yes
 
46 Do you support ICLEI/ICMA or other 2030 Agenda (formerly Agenda 21) organizations contracting with governments, which allows them to make decisions reserved for elected officials? Decline
  Probably Not. I have not researched this subject.
NARRATIVE QUESTIONS
The following questions will not appear in the Candidate Comparison Guide, but will be included in your Individual Candidate Guide.
47 How would you ensure the land-use rights of rural Oregon and how would you protect their ability to farm and ranch?  
  I would need to discuss this with actual farmers and their opposition before I could offer any recommendation.
48 How do you weigh environmental protections when it has a negative impact on human survival?  
 
49 If you were writing a bill on gun rights, what are the two main issues you would include?  
  I believe that criminalizing previously law abiding citizens would fail to protect the public from tragic acts of mass violence. Could it be possible to decrease the number of incidents by properly securing firearms? A dealer can be protected from liability through the background check. The law abiding gun owners are not instantly made into criminals. However, the parents leaving their guns unattended could be charged as an accessory for providing a firearm either negligently or intentionally. You are not required to lock the firearm away. If you are the owner of a weapon and have not reasonably placed safeguards against access you run the risk of becoming an accessory should your weapon be used in perpetration of a crime.