I am a coffee-drinking, Flannel shirt-wearing, hands-on, hard worker and a Photographer who loves life and the beauty of Oregon. I was asked to run for the Oregon State House District 34 by some friends who were distressed that no Republican was running in the House District 34 race. Since I have never run for office before, I said, "Yes", because I care about Oregon and this great country and thought that I might be able to improve upon the job being done by those in office now.
I like hanging around and talking to working people just like me. I enjoy the banter with the girls who cut my hair, the guys who take care of my car, who always kid me about my fifteen-year-old Subaru Outback, and the gutter guys who replaced our old gutters. I like the people who serve us when we go out with friends to the different bars around us. Some are dives but there are good people trying to make a living there, who can laugh, tell jokes, and have a good time. I was never rich, and that fact doesn't matter. My wife and I live a comfortable frugal life enjoying each other's company even after 54 years of marriage. I am not looking for the next political office I can hold, or whether I will be popular at the Capitol. I see this as a job interview that is directly answerable to the citizens in the district. I am not owned by any lobbyist or political organization and they cannot buy me, rent me or own me. I will work for one group of people, the citizens of House District 34. I am an equal opportunity person who knows how to say "NO" to both parties.
I was an Electronic Technician for Eastman Kodak Company and became an Adobe Photoshop Certified Expert and Photoshop instructor for Kodak. One of my jobs was Photo Restoration of old, damaged images using the computer technology we had, to bring back family memories and historic images. After 9/11 I was assigned to the New York City Police Department Staten Island recovery team. My job was to restore all of the wallet photos, desktop photos, and Identification cards that were found at Ground Zero after the buildings collapsed. We were able to restore and capture on digital media over 2,000 wallet photos, desktop photos, and ID photos. These were given back to the families of the victims by New York City Police Department. To be able to use my skills and knowledge to give back to those people who lost family members on 9/11 was one of the best and most rewarding times in my life.
I am a Viet Nam era NAVY VETERAN, a father to a brilliant Electrical Engineer daughter who is at the pinnacle of her chosen field of employment. I am a grandfather to two grandsons, one who is in the Army National Guard and the other is at Oregon State studying Computer Engineering. Three years ago I had Congestive Heart Failure and was in and out of AFIB twice. My doctors and Cardiologists saved my life and corrected my heart problems, so now I am living a very good full life, with a great wife, my fifteen-year-old, Subaru, and my Nikon camera. Oh, and the "Honeybadger "nickname is from friends that know I don't quit until the job is done. If you want someone who knows how to work hard for the money, who shares the values of hard-working, taxpaying 8 to 5, 40 hours a week people who make the businesses succeed. And who will never forget those people who hired him, then please consider me and vote for me. And I hope you find the images I have taken of Oregon enjoyable.
John "Honeybadger' Woods