Most Legislative Candidates Silent On PERS Judges

On July 4, 2012, I sent e-mails to all Oregon legislators who are running for re-election in 2012, to the 14 Oregon Senators whose seats are not up for re-election, and to all non-legislators who are running for seats in the legislature.  150 e-mails were sent.   
The e-mail asked Do you support the position that all PERS lawsuits MUST be decided by PERS judges?
By 9am on July 14, 2012, I received 30 responses to those e-mails, a 20% response rate. Of the 30 responses: 12 were from incumbents and 18 were from non-incumbent candidates; 20 were opposed to PERS judges deciding PERS cases, 1 was not opposed and 9 were unsure.  Those responses are broken down as follows:
Senate                9 persons running for the Senate responded
                                             6 Republicans                                  YES                        NO                        UNSURE
                                                            Incumbent                          0                           1                                 0
                                                            Candidate                           0                           4                                 1      
                                             3 Democrats                                     YES                        NO                        UNSURE
                                                            Incumbent                          0                             1                                 0
                                                            Candidate                           0                             1                                 1                    
                              1 Democratic Senator whose seat was not up for re-election responded as UNSURE
                                                                                                                                      
House                 20 persons running for the House responded
                                             16 Republicans                                YES                        NO                        UNSURE
                                                            Incumbent                            0                            6                                2                     
                                                            Candidate                             0                            7                                1                            
                                             4 Democrats                                     YES                        NO                        UNSURE
                                                            Incumbent                            1                            1                                 0                           
                                                            Candidate                             0                            0                                 2
If you are interested in knowing whether the people who are running to represent  you in the Oregon legislature are in favor of PERS judges deciding PERS lawsuits, you should ask them this specific question
Do you support the position that all PERS lawsuits MUST be decided by PERS judges?
It is a relevant question and one you are entitled to know the answer to.
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About Dan Re

I am an attorney who has lived in Bend and practiced law since 1981. In educating myself about the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), I was shocked at how the PERS laws were changed by the legislature, once legislators were allowed to join PERS in 1971, 26 years after PERS was first created. Those changes personally benefitted the legislators who made them at the direct financial expense of the people they were elected to represent. That is wrong and I intend to change it. In 2009, I started a non-profit 501(c)(4) corporation, In RE The People, Inc., for the purpose of informing concerned citizens of what happened regarding PERS and other issues of social and civic importance. I then created this blog to further that objective.
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