My View: Records request shows why I support Justin Hwang for Senate
On Thursday, Aug. 20, I was informed that my mayor email account was the subject of a Freedom of Information Act request for any and all emails between Justin Hwang and myself.
(Justin Hwang of Fairview is the Republican candidate for Senate District 26. Hwang is running against Rep. Chris Gorsek, D-Troutdale.)
I was later informed that several such requests were made throughout East Multnomah County targeting mayors and councilors in several cities who all support Justin in various forms.
I find this tactic interesting and petty, in that the person making the request is listing the UPS store in Wisconsin as his address. Whoever wants to know what is contained in my emails with Hwang could have certainly just asked instead of wasting precious staff time in the middle of a pandemic and economic crash.
I certainly could have just given the Gorsek camp or Democratic Caucus my email password in case they felt I am not a forthright or honest person.
Since people are so interested in my emails and my relationship with Justin Hwang, then perhaps everyone should know how much he does quietly behind the scenes to improve our community.
Justin in the past has graciously offered to help support Fairview on the Green when we came up short on food vendors. Justin has generously supported PlayEast youth recreation program and the newly formed Fairview Food Pantry.
There have been a multitude of discussions among the Halsey corridor partners about enticing Justin Hwang to open one of his new restaurants in one of the vacant storefronts on Halsey.
But more importantly, you will see a candidate who has genuine interest in the issues plaguing Fairview and East Multnomah County. Over half of the emails are issue related because he has a sincere interest in representing Fairview by simply asking people in the community.
This is in stark contrast to the emails I get from Rep. Chris Gorsek in tone, substance and impact on our community. Which about sums up my relationship and the relationship of the city of Fairview has with its state elected officials.
It should come as no surprise to anyone for why I and several of my peers in neighboring cities are looking for a change of representation in Salem. Salem is broken and East County is not interested in being ruled by the Portland political machine, wondering why so many issue
Hwang enjoys the support from people all across the political spectrum. Only through meaningful dialog with everyone can we find solutions to the real problems facing the livability of Fairview and East County.
Let this FOIA request stand as yet another example as to why I'm supporting Justin Hwang for State Senate.
Mayor Brian Cooper
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