Coronavirus has changed our world over the last three weeks. This virus is endangering lives, upending family pocketbooks, and threatening many of our local businesses. This is an unprecedented time, and there is no room for the ugly political battle that's brewing locally.
In early March, Lara Dunn, a Hood River resident, filed a recall campaign against our state senator, Chuck Thomsen. She indicated that she was upset about his decision to leave Salem over the highly controversial cap-and-trade bill.
That bill would have cost all Oregon families, including family farms, hundreds of millions every year in increased energy and fuel costs. Chuck left Salem to protect our right to vote on that bill.
We now live in a completely different world. We are asking Lara Dunn to withdraw her recall petition immediately and spare us the expense and acrimony of living through this battle.
This recall campaign is not a homespun effort. Three downtown Portland-based political groups have funneled $91,077 into the recall. As of this week, not a penny has been contributed to this recall by a local resident.
If this Portland-paid recall continues, everyone in our senate district will be barraged with negative campaigning during this time of crisis. The thought of having our phones, computers, televisions and mailboxes stuffed with scorched-earth political ads right now is sickening.
It is toxic and inappropriate for Portland political groups to invade our area to seek political revenge. The last thing we need is a fiercely divided community during this crisis.
We respectfully request that Lara Dunn withdraw her recall petition so we can avoid an expensive, ugly fight at a time when neighbors should be coming together.
Larry Bailey of Gresham
Multnomah County Farm Bureau President, on behalf of the MCFB Board of Directors
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