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March, 2023 – Jeff Gudman

OPINION: Let The People Vote

Lake Oswego residents should be able to vote – and its elected officials should take a strong stand by voting – on the establishment of a new fee/tax for installing two tolling stations on Interstate 205 because the $9.5 million Lake Oswego households will be paying annually in perpetuity outweighs the benefits coming from tolling.
February, 2023 – Jeff Gudman

OPINION: Defining Adequacy Down

In 2002 to 2004 the City Council after long, careful deliberation and community input decided the roads of Lake Oswego were inadequately maintained. The result? The establishment of a street maintenance fee in 2004 that was added to the now monthly utility bill for surface water, wastewater and water.
January, 2023 – Jeff Gudman

OPINION: If We Do This, What Don’t We Do

City Council is in a bind, mostly, of their own making. Over the past few years, Council more or less promised to build a wonderful aquatic/recreation center; remodel the municipal golf course and club house; make significant improvements at the Raseekh property including a multi-use athletic field, playground and picnic area and a skate park; and pickle ball courts somewhere in the city.
October, 2022 – Jeff Gudman

OPINION: Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Electric vehicles (EV) chargers have come to some public locations in the city, including City Hall, A Avenue and the Operations/Maintenance Center. There are also chargers in private locations in Lake Oswego.
September, 2022 – Lake Oswego Review

Tolling and Diversion is Coming

Ready or not, like it or not, believe it or not, pave first – pay later tolling on I-205 and I-5 and diversion is coming to our city, county and region.
May, 2022 – Jeff Gudman

OPINION: With state coffers flush with cash, now is the time to shore up Oregon’s public employee retirement fund

Like it or not, ready or not, believe it or not, the Public Employment Retirement System (PERS) is once again emerging to the forefront of critical issues facing Oregon.
February, 2022 – Lake Oswego Review

Community Development vs. Economic Development

Spending an additional $250,000 for economic/business development with additional staffing and outside services is not a good use of limited city resources.
February, 2022 – Portland Tribune

Oregon lawmakers shouldn’t ‘punt and pray” when it comes to public pensions

The legislature has a unique opportunity to invest now in the long-term health of the retirement system that supports state and local public employees
January, 2022 – Jeff Gudman

Foothills Redevelopment

The time has come to talk about redevelopment of the north end of the Foothills area…the land between State Street and the Willamette River and north of the Oswego Pointe apartments. Unless we want the city to grow out into the Stafford triangle, then we must grow up in the north end of the Foothills area. By Jeff Gudman
October 10,2020 – Eugene Weekly

Oregon’s Treasurer Race: The Sequel

The 2020 race for the Office of the State Treasurer has two familiar candidates. In 2016, Treasurer Tobias Read, a Democrat, and Republican Jeff Gudman squared off for the office. Read, a Democrat, won the race by a few percentage points.
August 1,2020 – OPB

Oregon PERS: Lawmakers successfully stanch pension cost increases but leave system’s funded status at risk

Oregon lawmakers have successfully, if perhaps temporarily, halted the steady upward trajectory of public pension costs for government employers, according to a preliminary analysis of pension contribution rates that will kick in a year from now.
June 25, 2020 – Pamplin Media Group

Where is Oregon Treasurer Tobias Read?

In 2016 Tobias Read was elected Oregon State Treasurer. In that time, Oregonians have seen significant issues financially impact Oregon including PERS changes, a Corporate Activity Tax, a proposed Cap/Trade tax and now, COVID-19 economic lockdown and reopening.
June 9, 2020 – The Bulletin

Guest Column: Where is Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read?

In 2016 Tobias Read was elected Oregon state treasurer. In that time, Oregonians have seen significant issues financially impact Oregon including PERS changes, a corporate activity tax, a proposed cap/trade tax and now, COVID-19 economic lockdown and reopening.
February 24, 2020 – Pamplin Media Group

The filing deadline for the 2020 primary election is just two weeks away

Few people have run for county offices, though there are many candidates for state and federal positions in the primary election.
February 5, 2020 – East Oregonian

The race for state treasurer draws its first Republican candidate

SALEM — Jeff Gudman wants a rematch. The 2016 Republican candidate for Oregon State Treasurer filed Monday, Feb. 3, to become the party’s candidate again in the May primary and challenge incumbent Tobias Read in the general election later this year.
February 3, 2020 – Pamplin Media Group

LO’s Gudman jumps into state treasurer race

Jeff Gudman wants a rematch. The 2016 Republican candidate for Oregon State Treasurer filed Monday, Feb. 3, to become the party’s candidate again in the May primary and challenge incumbent Tobias Read in the general election later this year.
February 3, 2020 – Wallowa County Chieftain

Gudman announces for State Treasurer

“It’s time Oregonians have a trusted and transparent Treasurer, serving the needs of the people instead of a quid pro quo politician in the pocket of special interest groups,” said Gudman.
January 22, 2020 – OPB

Big Out-Of-State Donations Have Oregon Lawmakers Mulling ‘Pay-To-Play’ Law

State lawmakers looking into campaign finance regulations say Oregon should consider limiting how much public officials can accept from people or firms seeking state contracts, following reporting from OPB that raised concerns about the practice.
January 30, 2020 – Pamplin Media Group

Climate change, resilience, sustainability and the city

By using a focused, patient, integrated approach, Lake Oswego has over the last several years created and is continuing to build a thoughtful, sustainable approach to climate change that has, by and large, earned community and council support.
December 19, 2018 – Lake Oswego Review

Jeff Gudman, Joe Buck look back on their time as Lake Oswego city councilors

The coming of a new year also brings with it a changing of the guard on the Lake Oswego City Council. Beginning in 2019, Councilors Jeff Gudman and Joe Buck will step aside to make room for John Wendland and Daniel Nguyen, who were elected to the council in November.
May 21, 2019 – Pamplin Media Group

My View: We can’t fix PERS until we agree on its goal

Today, PERS is eating away at state, county, city and school budgets. If our goal is ‘to pay the right benefit, to the right person, at the right time,’ then we must do more than merely rearrange our prejudices.
November 13, 2019 – Willamette Week

Emails Reveal Tensions Between Two Ambitious Players

Emails WW has obtained via a public records request show friction in recent weeks between Rukaiyah Adams, chairwoman of the Oregon Investment Council, and State Treasurer Tobias Read, who acts as the state’s banker and is one of five members of the OIC..
September 8, 2016 – Oregon Local News

Citizen’s View: Carbon credits: a Salem Switcheroo

Bureaucrats in Salem have pulled the wool over taxpayers’ eyes again. The controversial Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) is quietly transforming into a secret subsidy for existing light rail and other mass transit, rather than the intended purpose of lowering emissions. It was recently reported that officials are considering allowing existing streetcars, light rail and electric bus lines in Portland and Eugene to trade LCFS credits to gas companies.
July 29, 2016 – Hood River News

Elections 2016: Gudman talks state treasurer bid during Hood River visit

Jeff Gudman, the Republican candidate for Oregon State Treasurer, touched down in Hood River last Thursday on his campaign trail. The Lake Oswego City Council member and private investor outlined his vision for candidacy with the Hood River News, shortly before addressing the Hood River County Republican Central Committee at China Gorge restaurant. Despite his party affiliation, Gudman feels the state treasurer position is a non-partisan role. His campaign emphasizes his past experience in fiscal work and political leadership at a city level.
March 16, 2016 – Portland Tribune

My View: Voters are handed an illusion of choice

This short Oregon legislative session had a theme: Pass these bills or something worse awaits us on the ballot in November. Most parents are familiar with the tactic. A child is offered two unappealing options, but given the choice they will accept the lesser of two evils. Although it’s not always easy, it usually works. I feel like our Legislature is treating us like unruly toddlers.
February 17, 2016 – OregonLive

Time to kill the Oregon Growth Board (OPINION)

Like most Oregonians, I’ve had enough of Salem’s crony-capitalist politicians using your money to help well-connected private companies benefit from legislative generosity. In the Legislature’s first week, one such program — the Oregon Growth Board — received a committee vote for a rules change via House Bill 4020A. This is a program that should be abolished, not adjusted.
December 31, 2015 – The Review

Gudman casts lone “no” vote against Lake Oswego creating a city-owned utility

City officials have hired a Portland-based market research company to gauge public demand for a city-owned-and-operated broadband Internet network. The phone survey — targeting 400 households and 100 businesses in Lake Oswego over the next several weeks — will be conducted by Pivot Group. It follows an online survey conducted by the city in December, which sought open-ended comments and advice from Lake Oswego residents about their interest in a gigabit-speed, fiber-based broadband network.
December 19, 2015 – The Oregonian

A highly regressive tax on ‘big corporations’ (OPINION)

Once again, Oregonians are being misled by talking points and statistical manipulations to justify a political agenda. It’s a shame, because it seems like every news story is about backdoor deals to silence public records requests, email scandals and ballot title tinkering. It’s no wonder Oregonians are leaving the party system and having less and less confidence in their government telling them the truth.
December 24, 2015 – The Oregonian

Citizen’s View: Proposed 2.5-percent gross receipts tax would negatively impact all Oregonians

A proposed ballot measure for the largest tax hike in modern state history — a gross receipts/sales tax that would sharply increase taxes on business revenues that exceed $25 million in Oregon — does not pass the test to provide the biggest bang for the buck. There are better alternatives to generate revenue for programs vitally needed by Oregonians.
November 13, 2015 – Portland Tribune

My View: Everyone deserves affordable education

There is no shortage of legislative proposals to help kids pay for vocational or college education. The common thread is that nobody knows how to fund them without taking money away from other critical services.
November 9, 2015 – The review

Gudman announces run for state treasurer

Lake Oswego City Councilor Jeff Gudman officially announced his candidacy for state Treasurer on Monday at two events: a 10 a.m. press conference in the Capital rotunda in Salem after filing the required paperwork to run, and at a gathering with supporters at noon in Millennium Plaza Park.
November 9, 2015 – Wallowa Valley Online

Jeff Gudman Announces Candidacy For Oregon Treasurer

Salem, OR Today Jeff Gudman is announcing his candidacy for Oregon Treasurer. Jeff will be submitting his declaration of candidacy to the Secretary of State’s Elections Division office at the Oregon state house at 10:00am which will be followed by a press conference in the rotunda. Following his official candidacy submission, Jeff will be holding an event with supporters in Lake Oswego at Millennium Plaza City Park at 12:00pm.
November 10,2015 – The Register-Guard

Lake Oswego City Councilor Jeff Gudman to run for Oregon state treasurer

SALEM — Lake Oswego City Councilor Jeff Gudman says he’s running in the Republican primary for Oregon state treasurer. Gudman filed candidate paperwork on Monday. He’s is so far unopposed in the GOP primary. Republicans have struggled to win races for statewide offices such as treasurer. Gudman tells The Oregonian that he views the treasurer as a nonpartisan position.
November 5, 2015 – Portland Tribune

Lake Oswego councilor to seek GOP nomination for state treasurer

Lake Oswego City Councilor Jeff Gudman will make official next week what many in the city have known for months: He will seek the Republican nomination for state treasurer in 2016.

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Jeff Gudman annouces candidacy for State Treasurer.

Salem, OR – Jeff Gudman annouced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for State Treasurer today at the Secretary of State’s office at the State Capitol. “It’s time Oregonians have a trusted and transparent Treasurer, serving the needs of the people instead of a quid pro quo politician in the pocket of special interest groups,” said Gudman.

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