Golden to run for state senate

By Damian Mann For the Tidings

Nov 30, 2017 at 6:05 PM

Former Jackson County Commissioner Jeff Golden is the second Democrat to announce his candidacy for Senate District 3, currently held by Republican Alan DeBoer.

“I’m really unhappy with the country’s political direction,” the 67-year-old Ashland resident said.

Golden and Medford Councilor Kevin Stine, who announced earlier, will both run in the Democratic primary next May.

Golden thinks Oregon, where he’s lived for 45 years, can do more on an issue that he considers of major importance to the world and to this state.

“We’re not leading on the climate debate,” he said.

California, Washington and British Columbia have been out front on this issue, and Oregon should as well, Golden said.

He said he’s a supporter of a proposed Oregon clean energy jobs bill as long as it holds the oil industry accountable for its carbon footprint while making sure it doesn’t impact the working poor.

“We shouldn’t be subsidizing the oil industry,” Golden said.

The Legislature is expected to consider the jobs bill in 2018, which could generate $700 million in annual revenue so Oregon communities become more resilient against climate change, and to develop projects that are energy efficient.

Sarah Golden