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Jerry Herrmann: Former House Republican leader has distinguished herself by working across difficult party lines

Christine Drazan, raised in Klamath Falls and a supporter of timber and other rural industries, certainly understands the needs of Oregon outside of Portland. As a state representative and House Republican leader, she has demonstrated her ability to work with diverse interests, much in the spirit former Gov. Tom McCall.

McCall perfected his leadership to embrace all parties. He involved all in his governorship no matter what party or affiliation. His intent and his legacy was to get things done, while protecting Oregon. Christine has distinguished herself as well by working across difficult party lines with the desire to see consensus. Isn't that what we all want? We are now watching the debacle in Portland spreading like a cancer to other parts of Oregon with the lack of support for good policing, while communities are being overrun with rampant crime because of no leadership.

Poor leadership has exacerbated the homeless situation. As governor, Christine would embrace the approaches of private sector businessman, such as Jordan Schnitzer, who took a nearly 20-year-old $60 million facility — Wapato Jail — and made it into a transition center for homeless. At that location their accountability, individual assessment of mental and physical health begins. Just putting roofs over people's heads does not turn their thinking to deal with their risks, their addictions and their challenges to be contributing to Oregon's economy.

Our forests' management practices need a new governor's approach to make sure they don't all burn up. A practical approach to environmental matters is what our governor needs to espouse and model. Tom McCall understood that. It's time for a governor who can work to bring consensus, not just for their parties, but for the people of Oregon. That is why I'm supporting Christine Drazan.

Jerry Herrmann


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