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The letter writer endorses William Miller for House District 50's democratic nomination, citing his experience in mental health and addiction services.

Across the Portland metro region, and across the state, Oregonians lack access to the range of services needed to help them. One example I like to highlight: if someone decides they want to get clean and sober — stop using drugs and alcohol — the science shows that if a person acts, they do so within 48 hours to be successful.

Oregon has zero beds, none, that someone can check into within 48 hours. This is a fundamental misalignment between what our community needs. What it has is nothing short of tragic.

Now, more than ever, due to the COVI-19 crisis, folks are hurting. Ensuring that folks have resources, and have access to those resources regardless of wealth, race and identity is critical.

That's why I urge you to vote for William Miller for state representative, District 50, by May 19.

William has been a friend for a number of years, and his connection to making sure Oregonians have access to mental health and addiction services is real.

Within his friends, family and community, William has seen how these issues impact nearly every aspect of someone's life, and how they hold back so many Oregonians from being successful.

Because of his deep connection to these issues, he has fought and pushed for change. William has spent years working at the county, state, and federal levels to enact laws categorizing substance use disorder as a chronic illness, which is now law in Oregon.

William has real experience, a real connection and real skills needed to address Oregon's mental health and addiction issues needed to build a better Oregon for everyone.

Teresa Kehrli

Gresham


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