Tobias Read believes that we must get Oregonians vaccinated to end this pandemic and allow our schools and businesses to re-open safely for good.
But until we get this virus under control, we can’t make the big changes we need to build a better future for Oregon. Instead of lurching from one crisis to the next, we need strong leadership and a clear vision for the future of our state. That means changing the way we educate our kids, create jobs and strengthen families. At every turn, Tobias will measure our progress by how well Oregon’s children are doing: whether it’s having enough to eat, graduating from high school or being able to get a good job. As the father of two young children, Tobias knows that we are only as strong as the next generation.
FIGHTING COVID TOGETHER.
Tobias Read believes that we must get nearly every Oregonian vaccinated to end this pandemic and allow our schools and businesses to re-open safely for good.
He strongly supports vaccine mandates by local businesses, schools and governments that will help us move past this pandemic and strengthen our economic recovery. Our kids should have the freedom to go to school without the fear of getting sick—and without wearing masks. Our small business owners should have the freedom to open their stores and know that customers will feel safe coming back to eat, to shop and to work.
We have the power to do it, right now. Oregonians have always come together to do big things, and it’s going to take everyone doing their part to move past this virus.
A BETTER FUTURE FOR OUR KIDS.
Today, too many kids are going to bed hungry. Too many are dropping out of school. And too many aren’t sure there are any opportunities left for them in the rural communities that raised them. Tobias Read knows we need to make Oregon a place of opportunity for every child.
Tobias has always made investing in our future his priority. While serving in the Oregon House, he helped establish full-day kindergarten for every child because a strong early education opens doors to more opportunities later in life. And as Treasurer, Tobias implemented a college savings program that’s helping thousands of families afford higher education and job training.
As Governor, Tobias will work to make Pre-K available to every Oregon child; extend the school year so kids have year-round learning and summer enrichment opportunities; expand apprenticeships and vocational training to all who want them; and work to bring down the cost of community college and 4-year degrees. He knows that an educated and skilled workforce is the best way to grow our economy and bring new jobs to Oregon.
CONFRONTING CLIMATE CHANGE AND PROTECTING OREGON’S NATURAL RESOURCES.
From the worst wildfires in the country, to unprecedented heat waves, to the threat to our water sources, Oregonians have experienced the dramatic impact of climate change firsthand.
As Treasurer, Tobias uses the state’s leverage to help place environmental advocates on the boards of major energy companies and move them away from fossil fuels. And under his leadership, the state has dramatically increased its investment in renewable energy.
As co-chair of the governor’s Wildfire Economic Recovery Council, Tobias helped formulate a plan to protect communities from future wildfires and help affected Oregonians rebuild their homes and businesses. And he has called for more investments to help mitigate the threat of climate change to Oregon communities.
Tobias supports Oregon’s groundbreaking law that would require 100% clean energy by 2040, and would make investing in clean energy sources and green jobs a top priority.
STRENGTHENING OREGON FAMILIES.
Tobias knows we need a comprehensive approach to strengthening Oregon families. As Treasurer, he launched OregonSaves, which has helped more than 100,000 Oregonians without access to retirement plans, save for the future. More than $130 million has been saved by Oregonians in the first couple of years. As Governor, he’ll lead the fight to build thousands of additional affordable housing units; expand access to health care and high-speed Internet; continue to advocate for criminal justice reforms; and direct more resources for treatment and prevention to address the opioid crisis.