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Statesman Journal mini-questionnaire for 2016 Primary Election

Thank you for responding to this questionnaire.

Why this matters: The Statesman Journal Editorial Board will use this questionnaire in deciding
whether and whom to endorse for the May 17 General Election. Reporters, who operate
separately from the Editorial Board, may use these answers in writing stories. Your answers may
be published on StatesmanJournal.com and/or in the print newspaper.
We also ask that you respond to every question, instead of simply attaching campaign materials,
resumes, etc. If you wish, you are welcome to send us lists of supporters, a resume, etc., in
addition to this questionnaire.
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Important: Please return the questionnaire by the end of the day April 14.
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--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Your name as listed on the ballot: Julian Bell

Age: 45
(If your age will change before May 31, please indicate your birthday. We want to ensure we
use accurate ages in pre- and post-election editorials and news coverage.)
City/town of residence: Ashland OR
Political party, if this is a partisan office: Democrat
Position you are seeking (name of position, district number, etc.): Governor of Oregon
Are you currently a full-time resident within the boundaries of the specific area (ward,
district, county, etc.) that you seek to represent?
Number of current, consecutive years living within the district you seek to represent:
I have lived in Oregon since July of 2006.
Family (name of spouse/partner, number and ages of children if at home or number of
grown children):
Stella Burkett, 44 years old; Beatrice Bell, 4 ; Aidan Bell 1 , and myself

Your education (high school, trade, college, post-baccalaureate; indicate any degrees you
High School: Ithaca High, Ithaca NY. Cornell University BA, Anthropology, with honors, 1995;
New York Medical College, Valhalla NY, MD 2000; St Vincents Medical Center, NY, NY
Internal Medicine Residency, 2003; Rush University Medical Center, Chicago IL, pulmonary,
critical care and sleep medicine 2006.
If employed, current occupation, employer and job duties:
Staff Physician, Providence Medical Group South. Pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine.
Previous employers and when:
Kaiser Permanente, Mt Scott Sleep Medicine, Northwest Primary Care Medicine; Portland OR.
Military service and when:
Volunteer/civic/religious service and when:
2014-2016: climate change activist volunteering or contributing money toward SOCAN.info,
rogueclimate.org, citizensclimatelobby.org, 350Eug, 350PDX, 350.org, contributed to Our
Childrens Trust, and co-founded HairOnFireOregon.org.
Please list all public offices to which youve been elected, and when:
Please list any unsuccessful candidacies for public office, and when:
Other prior political and government experience:
If you are running for a position that involves a governing board in Oregon such as city
council, county board of commissioners, Legislature or State Land Board how many
meetings of that board have you attended in person during 2015 and 2016? How many
have you watched online or on TV, if applicable?
I dont know what I would watch or listen to in order to learn how the governor governs. She is
nearly absent from the media, which makes it harder. I do read the text of the bills I am
interested in through OLIS.
How the public can reach your campaign (remember that this information will be made
Mail address: 116 Lithia Way #C Ashland OR 97520
E-mail address: julianbellforgovernor2016@gmail.com

Web site URL: julianbellforgovernor2016.com

Phone: 541.500.9339
Facebook: Julian Bell for Governor 2016
Other social media: Twitter @drjulianbell, #JB4G, # fixclimatechange, #renewableoregon
Please limit your response to each of the following questions to about 75 words.
1. To an outsider, how would you describe the region you wish to represent -geographically, economically, politically and socially?
Oregon is a beautiful state. It is among the most popular destinations for people looking for a
place to call home because of its fertile climate, natural beauty and the progressive politics upon
which we pride ourselves. We are a diverse and inclusive society. We are also a state with a
strong history of social and political activism. We are also undergoing rapid environmental
changes due to global warming.
2. What are the positives and negatives of this region (ward, district, county or state) that
you wish to represent?
Positives: Friendly, talented people; cultural diversity; can-do attitude; extensive natural
resources and abudannt wildlife. Oregonians share collective optimism and the ability to work
together toward a common interest.
Negatives: A state government that has an excessively cozy relationship with lobbyists and nonelected special interest representatives who derail the democratic process and obstruct the
representation of the voters by their elected leaders. This may be how governing is done in many
states, but is not how democracy is done, and I believe we can and must do better.
3. What specific skills and experiences do you bring to the position, especially ones that
would help turn those negatives into positives?
I am primarily self-funded, and to a lesser extent funded by voter contributions. This means I am
beholden to no individuals nor entities other than voters. My priority will be representing voters
and their environmental and economic interests, unlike Kate Brown, who is beholden to the
various campaign contributors and to the Oregon democratic party (who provide me with the
classification of democrat and nothing more).
4. What separates you from your opponent(s)? Be specific.
I plan to make substantive changes in Oregons energy infrastructure in order to develop a clean
energy economy so as to build a model of a clean energy economy that the rest of the world can
copy. Many nations around the world have begun this undertaking with profound success, as
have California and Hawaii. Oregon has the potential to be a leader in the U.S. and world for
preserving our childrens futures; I intend to provide that leadership. Kate Brown will continue to
place a green bow on projects that make no meaningful change to our energy composition or
greenhouse gas emissions, while neglecting to address issues of great concern for many
Oregonians, such as Portlands air pollution and the Jordan Cove pipeline intended only for LNG

exports, with very limited potential in terms of local job creation, but substantial likelihood of
becoming Oregons largest polluter.
5. Please list five specific accomplishments that you have achieved in politics or civic
In collaboration with many other activists I helped stop the Jordan Cove natural gas pipeline and
South Dunes power plant project. In collaboration with other activists, I
6. How much will your Primary Election campaign cost? (be specific)
I dont know specifically, but somewhere between $60,000 and $100,000.
7. Have you ever been convicted of a crime, been disciplined by a professional licensing
board/organization or had an ethics violation filed against you? If so, please give the
8. Have you ever filed for bankruptcy, been delinquent on your taxes or other major
accounts, or been sued personally or professionally? If so, please give the details.
9. What are the three most important issues you would address if elected, and how? (75
words for each issue)
A. Action on climate change. For Oregon to have a clean energy economy we need a supply of
clean electricity and batteries. We have a solar panel manufacturer SolarWorld in Hillsboro,
a battery making company Energy Storage Systems in Hillsboro, and an electric car
manufacturer in Eugene Arcimoto. With these tools and the Bonneville Dam acting as another
battery, we have the basic components of a sustainable economy in Oregon.
B. Oregons economy. To whatever extent is legally permissable, I would invest public
resources in Oregon businesses to build sustainable infrastructure. I would advocate strongly for
a cap and trade bill and the revenue from this would be invested in renewable energy
development within economically disadvantaged urban and rural areas. These investments
would create well-paid jobs for Oregonians and fortify Oregons local economy.
C. Campaign finance reform. I would limit campaign contributions and make the details of
$5K+ donors business affiliations publicly available.
10. What do you see as other important issues?
For all of Oregon, rural and urban, low income and economically disadvantaged: Providing high
quality education; providing affordable health care; relieving the housing crisis creating havoc in
Portland metro and parts of Southern Oregon; addressing inequality suffered by communities of
color in Oregon; providing basic human services to the homeless.
11. What online and/or print publications do you regularly read to keep abreast of issues in
the district you seek to represent?

The Sightline Institute, the Guardian, the Oregonian, the Daily Kos, the Oregon Legislative
Information System.
12. Any skeletons in your closet or other potentially embarrassing information that you
should disclose before it comes up in the campaign? Anything (including health issues) that
would affect your ability to serve your full term? Any changes in your life situation that are
contemplated or expected before the election or before you would take office?
My parents are divorced. I have never been arrested. I don't have any health issues. I was something of a
nerd in high school.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Julian Bell

Thank you. Please return this questionnaire to the Editorial Board as an attached Word document to
Salemed@StatesmanJournal.com by April 14, 2016.