I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to continue to represent House District 42 in the Oregon Legislature, and I am grateful for all your support.
Now the hard work begins. Oregonians need jobs. Our schools need support. We have people and businesses struggling to pay for health care. And we must balance a budget without deepening the pain too many Oregon families are feeling.
I’ve already begun to work with my colleagues in both parties to find solutions. We will need a collaborative approach that puts the priorities of Oregonians before partisan interests. This will be an extremely challenging session, and I will need your help to get through it.
A 30-30 tie in the House does not mean gridlock, but it will mean that your advocacy for the issues you care about is more important than ever. I urge you come to constituent coffees (see below) to express your opinions and learn about what’s happening. You can also contact me by phone or email. And most importantly, please make every effort to come to Salem in person to testify on bills and talk to legislators. The more that citizens make their voices heard in Salem, the less that legislators hear the voices of special interests.
Over the coming months I’ll be in close contact to update you on our work in Salem. The challenges before us are daunting, but I am looking forward to getting past the election and to the business of governing. I cannot thank you enough for the chance to do so.