Jeff and his wife Traci have been married 23 years and have two daughters, Sydney who graduated from NMHS in 2015 and is attending Western Oregon University, and Sarah, currently a senior at NMHS.
Jeff volunteers extensively in his community including six years of service on the Medford School Board, the last four as Board Chair, and as a coach and President of the Rogue Valley Timbers, the largest youth soccer association in the Valley.
• Southern Oregon University, B.S., Political Science
• Crater High School
“Businesses can locate anywhere in the world so why would they move their business to an area with under-performing schools, over-crowded classrooms, and substandard buildings? Our area schools have invested heavily in quality construction and it has paid off: our schools are bursting at the seams where just a few years ago we were seeing declining populations. Yes we’ve come a long way but we can do more; the quality of public education is a huge economic drawing card.”
On Managing Our Forests
“County government should be in step with cities working to safeguard forest interface areas. Catastrophic wildfires compromise tourist economies and quality of life for residents, and cost taxpayers millions. Investing in prevention is a better use of taxpayer dollars. Removing ladder fuels not only enhances the ability of forest areas to withstand wildfire, it also provides employment for those working in this effort. Preventing catastrophes is good for our economy.”
On Urban Growth Boundaries
"The county works directly with the cities when it comes to expansion of urban growth boundaries. Tight urban growth boundaries increase the value of existing development and encourage redevelopment in areas that need to be spruced up which benefits the look and vibrancy of a city while creating opportunities for affordable living in areas close to public transportation and shopping nodes. Living above commercial areas is one of the best ways to create affordable housing and helps reduce the use of police and fire protection, as there is always a presence of people."
“The consistent expansion of cities, gobbling up farmland and compromising visual backdrops to urban areas must be closely monitored. Sprawl creates traffic, pollution and compromises quality of life for those living on newly created commute routes; sprawl ultimately works against a strong economy. Although it is cheaper to build on vacant land and developers build the infrastructure, maintenance of it falls on the taxpayer. Redevelopment and infill uses existing infrastructure, helping keep taxes lower for everyone."
“Affordable living is as much about the monthly nut (taxes, utilities, etc.) as it is about the initial price of a home.”
“Banning GMOs in Jackson County provides an opportunity for our area to brand and strengthen our agricultural community. By banning GMOs it will soon mean something when a product says: Grown in Jackson County, Oregon. New markets that prohibit GMO crops will open to us. People are willing to pay more for higher-quality food stocks and Jackson County will be at the center of that demand.”
On Justice System
The county’s system of mental health and addiction treatment programs are a matter of public safety as well as a savings to taxpayers. Many of our crime problems link back to mental health problems, especially drug and alcohol abuse, and addiction problems stop people from being productive employees. Treatment saves money, as well as lives. Jackson County is fortunate in having been the state’s model for “drug courts”, where the judicial system can look at the whole person and require addiction treatment as an alternative to incarceration."
Learn How Jeff Differs From His Opponents