For House District 33
Advocate. Educator. Father.
Now is the time to make better investments in the next generation of Oregonians together. As an educator and father from the Cedar Mill area who attended Ridgewood Elementary, Cedar Park Middle and Sunset High School, I believe in Oregon’s future and I’m passionate about working together to improve our schools and communities for the benefit of all students and working families throughout district 33.
Building Policies for Oregon Families
My experience as an educator has taught me to see the interconnections between many of the challenges our state faces. Students will not succeed if health or social-emotional problems mean they do not show up to school ready to learn. We cannot address the challenge of families experiencing homelessness without looking at the interconnections with access to affordable housing, reliable transportation, decent wages, and quality schools. Health policy has shifted the conversation around health outcomes to social determinants of health (i.e. safety, education, housing security) in a way that is helpful to think about prevention. Educational policy should also consider the social determinants of education. That is, how does a child’s safety, health, food security, and housing situation impact their ability to learn. I look forward to advocating for this holistic approach to policymaking by understanding the interconnectedness of our community.
My Approach to Making Policy
Is the policy equitable?
Policy cannot serve only the people and groups that have power. Oregonians must evaluate policy decisions on the effects on people from historically marginalized groups. We must work for policies that directly address the gender, sexuality, economic, and racial inequities embedded with our society. I am committed to supporting policies that will build a more equitable future.
Was the process inclusive?
Process is incredibly important to me. I evaluate policy as both a means and an end. Oregon needs to continually build a larger tent where everyone is welcome to participate in our democracy. We must actively pursue diversifying voices at the policy table to ensure an inclusive process.
How will this affect the next generation?
I view policy through a long-term lens. Environmental, educational, and health policy should be framed around the long-term health of the community and our citizens. We must avoid short-term political acts that damage future generations. I am committed to prioritizing the future generation of Oregonians.
Escalating health care costs continue to negatively impact our people and businesses. Access to health insurance has grown over the last few years, as estimates are that 94% of Oregonians have some form of health insurance. However, increased access has not decreased the rise of healthcare costs. I will fight to lower prescription drug prices, create transparent pricing for patients before they make medical decisions, and advocate to shift the revenue models to incentivize savings for hospitals rather than the traditional pay for service model.
As a product of Beaverton Public Schools and a former teacher and current professor of education policy, education is the central reason why I am running for the legislature. I have dedicated my career to teaching and learning about educational systems to improve outcomes for all students. At the system level, Oregon needs to revise the tax code to create a sustainable source of revenue for schools and reduce standardization. At the school level, we need to make schools safer and help every student find their passion. At the school level, we need to ensure every school has trained counselors, school psychologist and other mental health professionals to serve our students, as well as keep class size at a rate that allows for a strong relationship between the teacher and student. Our future economic success relies on a strong public education system.
Our growing population and rising economy is putting considerable pressure on the housing market and driving up costs. When housing is unaffordable to working families, it puts them at risk of homelessness and compromises our ability to create inclusive neighborhoods. The regional housing bond adopted last year, as well as the tenant protections enacted this year by the Legislature, will help. But there is more we can do to encourage housing creation, while also protecting forest and farmland.
JOBS AND THE ECONOMY
We must do more to share Oregon’s growing prosperity. While the state economy grows, there are still too many in our communities that are struggling to meet the increasing costs of living. Workforce training and career/technical education are critical to ensuring our residents have the skills to find good jobs. We must also pay careful attention to ensuring our tax code supports the growth of small businesses and supports the services the public depends upon. We also must look to how we can prepare for the retirement of baby boomers so that we preserve needed skill sets and have the workforce that meets our needs.
Changes to our climate represent the greatest threat to our collective future in the next century. To protect our communities and the natural environment, it will be necessary for us to adopt both mitigation and adaptation strategies for the coming change. I support the Oregon Clean Energy Jobs proposal before the 2019 Legislature and will look forward to either (depending on its passage) moving forward with the implementation of the policy or keeping up the hard work to make this policy law. But climate change will never be addressed through one bill or one policy. Preparing our communities to be more resilient to the impacts of climate change and helping vulnerable populations that will be the most impacted will be ongoing obligations. I will work with federal, state, county, and local stakeholders to ensure that Oregon meets the challenge of climate change.
Oregon’s natural beauty is reflected in the green space and rural areas of House District 33. This was the environment I grew up in here and something that is important to preserve. I support our land use laws that protect forests and farmlands. I also think we must be attentive to air and water pollution that endangers health of the public and puts our ecosystems at risk. Some of my priorities are regulating the shipping of fossil fuels through our communities; restricting the use of single use plastics; and preventing offshore drilling, fracking, and other fossil fuel extraction that threatens our wildlife. I also support the expansion of clean energy programs and incentives, and will work to ensure that all communities have access to clean water and healthy food options.
We must do more to help people experiencing homelessness in our communities. That includes better access to mental health and addiction treatment services that help people get their lives back on track. We also must provide supportive housing solutions to people experiencing homelessness, as well as housing assistance to those at risk of falling into homelessness.
Our growing population is putting strains on our transportation network. Delays from traffic contribute to air pollution and sap the productivity of our economy. We must support all forms of transportation to provide better choices for residents, including effective public transit and active transportation options. I look forward to supporting the major transportation package currently being developed by Metro and regional partners. In the Legislature I’ll fight for increased investments in our public transit systems.
LET’S DO THIS TOGETHER
Having an educator running for state representative means thousands of students in District 33 will not only have an even greater opportunity to have their voices heard in the legislature but have something done about it as well. Our concerns about class sizes, school safety, rising tuition, and student debt will be advocated for by a candidate who has intimate knowledge of how these issues impact students. – Sophia O’Neal, College Democrats Leader
Andy Saultz’s work in our department of educational leadership was exemplary. Andy’s research on the role of federalism in state education policy-making helped our graduate students better understand how to navigate school leadership decision in schools, and was published in top journals in the education field. His reputation as a researcher has enabled him to build a national network of researchers and policy-makers for collaborating on policy ideas which can enable all children to flourish in schools. Andy was also a respected teacher in our department, earning high marks from students on his ability to clearly present complex ideas and build relationships with students to help them succeed. – Kathleen Knight-Abowitz, Professor of Education
As a student, Andy Saultz had a unique balance of intellectual ability and humility that made him instantly likable to both his teachers and peers. His academic effort always exceeded expectations. For Andy, always near the top of his class, it was not the grade but the learning that interested him. – Amit Kobrowski, Sunset High School Teacher
Andy Saultz was the best teacher I had in high school. He had a passion for teaching and cared deeply about his students. I would not have had the same success in college or in my early career without the lessons I learned in Andy’s 10th grade classroom. – Rishi Shah, Former Student
Andy and I were classmates in middle school and high school — all in the Beaverton school district. Even at that young age, I knew Andy as someone with the highest integrity, caring and commitment. He is the kind of person that asks how your family is doing with genuine care, the kind of person who works from a place of gratitude for the privileges in his life, asking how to be of most service to the wellbeing of all. I could not endorse him more wholeheartedly. -Rahmin Sarabi, Sunset High School Alum
Andy and I met as interns for ASOSU at Oregon State University with many mutual friends from our days at Sunset and Beaverton. He has been a great friend and mentor as we worked together to register people to vote on campus to now being parents with similar aged kids. Andy is a sincere advocate for education and helping everyone he knows be the best they can be. – Christopher R Prahl, Division Manager for a local construction company
“I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Andy since childhood. We grew up as neighbors and attended Ridgewood Elementary School, Cedar Park Middle School, and Sunset High School together. We also attended college at Oregon State University together, where he served as Student Body President our senior year. I have always admired Andy’s integrity and work ethic. He and his wife Jenny have dedicated their adult lives to serving others and they are passionate about bettering education and healthcare. Andy is also a loving husband, father, son, brother, and friend. I look forward to supporting Andy and seeing the positive changes he brings to our community.” – Sydney Garl, School Nurse
I’ve known Andy and Jenny as middle school students finding their identities, as high school sweethearts learning about love, as young professionals committed to careers in helping others, and now as parents raising their young sons. Throughout this time, Andy and Jenny have shown dedication to their families, their friends, and their faith. Their roots dig deep while they continue to branch out to serve their community. – Andee Zomerman, Beaverton School District
Sometimes in life you encounter people that are truly gifted as a student, as an athlete, as a husband, as a father, and as a friend. Andy Saultz is without a doubt that person. I was lucky enough to be Andy’s teacher, his coach, and most importantly he is a trusted friend. As a student, Andy was an incredible listener, thinker, and prided himself on developing his intellect in every way he could. As an athlete, Andy was as dedicated and committed to making himself the best he can be, but what set him apart was his dedication to his teammates. He played with others in mind, sacrificing personal gain for the betterment of people around him. I cannot imagine a better candidate who is a fantastic listener, a pragmatic thinker, who is dedicated to his team which will be our constituency. We will be represented by a person who is capable of making change occur in Oregon to benefit its citizens but more importantly our children, the future Oregonians. Andy Saultz is the right man at the right time to be an agent of change in Oregon. – Todd Sherwood, Sunset High school Basketball Coach
Andy is a thoughtful and selfless professor who genuinely cares about the needs of his students. He is constantly working to help connect his students with educational opportunities and meaningful internships. He has personally helped me connect to educational opportunities that have been career changing. As I have got to know Andy as a professor, mentor, collaborator, and family man, I can unequivocally say that he is not only a hardworking and caring professor but also a loving husband and father. – Chris Yaluma, Former Student
Andy has always stood out to me for taking time to understand the needs and cares of his community. Through this Andy embodies an authentic, passionate, and consistent voice. – Matthew McClain
Andy Saultz is running for House District seat 33 because he believes in Oregon’s future. He is an educator and father with deep roots in Cedar Mill, with the progressive attitude and experience we need representing children and families in House District 33 (Pearl District, NW District, NW Industrial District, NW Heights, Forest Heights, Bethany, Oak Hills, and Cedar Mill).
Andy grew up in Portland and attended Ridgewood Elementary, Cedar Park Middle and Sunset High School. He has always been passionate for politics and educational advocacy. In second grade, Andy was sent to the principal’s office for advocating a ‘no vote’ on Measure 5 too close to the polling station at Ridgewood. In high school, he spent a lot of time on classwork and playing sports, where he was an all-Metro basketball player his junior and senior year. He also started dating his now wife, Jenny, during their junior year at Sunset and followed his heart to Oregon State University because that is where she wanted to go. Andy was elected OSU’s student body president and also served as chair of the Oregon Student Association, a statewide organization that fights for college students. Andy was instrumental in the fight against tuition increases at OSU – helping delay a $3.2 million tuition increase for students. Andy and Jenny got married in the summer following their graduation.
Inspired by his history teacher at Sunset, Paul Copley, Andy entered the masters in teaching program at Lewis & Clark College to learn directly from him. Jenny studied to become a doctor. Andy supported her when her career path took them to Michigan for her to attend medical school at Michigan State University. He worked as a public high school social studies teacher, coached high school baseball, and was elected to the local school board. Andy also earned a PhD in Educational Policy from Michigan State University. Jenny completed her training at The Ohio State University in oncology and immunology research, while Andy worked as a professor of educational policy at Miami University.
After Jenny finished her training, they moved back to the neighborhood they grew up in because they wanted their children to have the same opportunities they did. Andy was hired as an assistant professor and Program Director of PhD Program in Education and Leadership at Pacific University in Forest Grove. His research recognizes the interconnections of education and health policy and analyzes school accountability systems. He has published work on segregation, charter schools, Race to the Top, the Every Student Succeeds Act and teacher policy. Andy has also served as a faculty mentor for LGBTQ undergraduates and graduate students of color, working to improve campus culture and cultural competency in working with historically marginalized communities.
Andy has also been a volunteer in the community, working over the years at a nursing home, with the Salvation Army to feed people experiencing homelessness, and tutoring local high school students. He is a precinct committee person (PCP) with the Washington County Democrats.
Andy and Jenny live in Cedar Mill. She is an oncologist at the Knight Cancer Center at Oregon Health Sciences University where she does bone marrow transplants and studies how to harness the immune system to fight leukemia. Together they raise their two sons, JD (3) and Alexander (1), and their cat Roscoe.