A Real Voice for District 56
Jonah Hakanson was born in Klamath Falls in 1980. He was raised throughout Oregon, and later lived in Eugene, Portland, and back in his hometown of Klamath Falls. He has also lived and worked in Shreveport, Louisiana as a civilian employee for the United States Air Force; Wichita Falls, Texas, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
His first involvement with politics was making sure that Veterans Park in Klamath Falls remained a memorial park when he was only 19 years old. He has also volunteered for the Humane Society, the Measure 49 campaign, the campaign for Measure 91, and the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge clean up project. He was also the Chief Petitioner for the Klamath Falls Constitutional Cannabis Initiative.
He attended both Klamath Community College and Oregon Institute of Technology.
He founded and operated a community arts facility in downtown Klamath Falls.
He has worked in the information technology, tech support services, and web development fields for over 10 years.
He ran for State House District 56 Representative in 2016 as a non-affiliated candidate.
He helped develop a work-skills training program for Klamath Community College, working closely with faculty, staff, and military veterans’ interests.
His family has been here for over 100 years, and his family has been involved in everything from timber, lumber mill work, the military, auto shops, and education.
Along with being an author of a book on postmodernism and late-capitalism, he has a big interest in music. He is a published musician that has signed to multiple labels over the years.
His fascination with history and politics led him to address certain issues in his home district in Southern Oregon. After receiving a positive email response from Noam Chomsky in late 2015, Hakanson entered the race for 2016, announcing in January his official status to circulate a nominating petition.
His catch-phrase, “I’m so far left, I’m right,” defines his attitude toward free-thinking, left-liberal, socially aware, class-conscious politics. As a self-described anarcho-syndicalist, Hakanson believes in the strength and power of unions and a power of a community working together. He hopes to bring his party back to its progressive roots, and begin helping people with basic needs and opportunities.
He is a member of the Democratic Party of Oregon, and a member of the Progressive Caucus, and is the only non-elected advocate from his town to give public testimony in Salem, in 2017, for career technical education and election reform.