About

Kevin Stine, the senior Medford City Councilor from Ward 3, has dedicated his career to public service. As an elected official, Kevin has been a strong advocate to increase the housing supply, make Medford more business-friendly, increase openness and transparency in government, and bring humane solutions to addressing the homeless.

Education and Background

Kevin was born in Medford to a single mother and grew up in poverty. Wanting to break the cycle of poverty, he decided to take the opportunity to join the military. He served aboard submarines in the US Navy and completed 3 deployments, and was stationed in Virginia, Connecticut, and Maine. He was an Electronics Technician and Radioman with a Top Secret clearance, in his 9 years of service.

“Running to Make a Difference”

After receiving an honorable discharge from the military, Kevin came back to Medford and was elected to the City Council in 2014. He attended classes full-time at Southern Oregon University and became the first person in his family to graduate from college.

Platform

Housing:

Southern Oregon has a housing crisis. We are at 1% vacancy in Southern Oregon, which has pushed rental prices much higher than most people can comfortably afford. People are being priced out of their homes, and doubling-up or sometimes becoming homeless.

My own rent has increased over the past 4 years from $800 to $1,000. That 25% increase is small compared to what others have experienced in this housing crisis.

In 2017, HB 2004 was introduced, which would have given more local control in regards to housing to cities, and more rights to tenants.

Willamette Week reports that 0 of the 30 State Senators are renters. I will lead the fight to make the steps to solve our housing crisis.

Healthcare:

Oregon has been a leader that other states look to in how to get it done right. The legislature passed three major bills related to healthcare in Cover All Kids, the Reproductive Health Equity Act, and the Oregon Healthcare Provider Assessment, which is now on the ballot as Measure 101.

I support Healthcare-For-All because healthcare is a human right. I work at ACCESS where I am a case manager for veterans, and one of the first things we do is work to ensure they have health coverage. With Measure 101 passing many veterans will be retaining their health coverage. I knocked on doors and made phone calls to get out the vote and ensure that Measure 101 passed.

 

Openness and Transparency

As a Medford City Councilor, I am open and honest about my decisions, and I work to ensure people understand what the Council is doing, even when I don’t agree with the result of the vote.

I want a fair an open State government, where the doors are open, and there is a seat at the table for citizens to share their views to a willing audience.

I also support campaign finance reform, so those that don’t come from high means have a chance to be competitive in elections. Candidates should be talking to more than just big donors.

Personal

Kevin lives in Medford with his wife of 10 years, Casey, and their daughter Riley. He works at the nonprofit agency, ACCESS, where he helps house homeless veterans.

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