House District 52 representative has shown her loyalties belong to her Portland-based colleagues.

Voters in House District 52 have a rematch on the ballot this November with the election between Anna Williams and Jeff Helfrich.

In 2018, Williams narrowly defeated Helfrich to become our State Rep. But this year there is one very important difference over the contest two years ago. Williams now has a record.

And what does her record tell us about her? We know that 95% of the time she voted with her extremist Portland-based colleagues in the Legislature. She voted with them to try to impose a California-styled Cap and Trade bill that would have cost us all big bucks at the pump and in heating and cooling costs for our homes. In 2016 Oregon voters overwhelmingly rejected the Gross Receipts Tax because it would have been an expensive tax on all sales. But Anna joined with her Portland pals in Salem to pass a new Commercial Activities Tax that will take billions out of the private sector. It also functions as a tax on sales, not profits, so businesses who were shut down due to Covid-19, still had to pay the tax on their sales for the first quarter of this year, even though they had no cash flow.

And just for good measure, Anna also voted for higher fees for kayaks and paddle boards. Taxing kayaks and paddle boards while you represent the Gorge? Really?

Yes, we can judge Anna by her record. And that's why I'm voting for Jeff Helfrich

Jeff Helfrich understands that it's time for the state to live within its means, just like we personally have to do, especially during these trying times.

Jerri Schwartzel

Hood River

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