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These letters were submitted for publication in The Outlook, Sandy Post or Estacada News.

Stovall encompasses important values

The East Metro Association of Realtors is an 1,100 member strong contingency of advocates working within our community to promote housing issues.

Through the Realtor PAC, we support candidates, regardless of party affiliation, who support our values: improving quality of life by ensuring economic vitality, providing fair and equitable housing opportunities, and building stronger, more diverse communities.

Travis Stovall for Gresham mayor encompasses all three of these values. We are proud to offer our support.

Mike Schultze, Gresham

Piazza has earned our vote

Having been born and raised in Gresham, and having served on various local school committees, school foundations, and local service groups with Sue Piazza, I have never been more impressed with an individual. I thought I contributed a lot but, compared to Sue, I was a slacker. She always went above and beyond in not only great ideas but, more importantly, in actions. Her desire to serve her community is impressive to say the least. She is always thinking of ways to help underserved people get the help they need, and then takes action to get it done. Take a look at her past and you will see what we can expect in the future. She has earned our vote.

Scott Hansen, Gresham

Elect Eddy Morales as Gresham mayor

The city of Gresham is at a crossroads, multiple significant decisions need to be made regarding the city's future viability. The decisions are difficult and it will take a leader that will ask deep questions, be bold, be creative, engage the entire community and act. Eddy Morales is the best person to be the next mayor of Gresham.

In Eddy's short time on the Gresham City Council he has demonstrated his talent to do the job. He not only has been asking difficult questions, but has brought a variety of voices to city discussions. Almost 40% of the city are people of color; many are recent immigrants. It is time to involve everyone in the city's future, both residents and business owners, not just the same few. For the city to thrive all need to participate.

Eddy has a vision and will take advantage of resources that are available outside city boundaries to achieve his goals. This is what it takes, partnerships, to ensure everyone reaches their potential. Eddy has the passion and commitment. His courage, creativity, ability to take risk, and openness is what we need. He is the person that we can depend to do the job.

Shirley Craddick, Gresham

Measure 108 can help stop smokers before they start

I lost Patty, my first wife, to tobacco-related cancer after 34 years of cigarette smoking. She had become addicted as a teenager. Patty was already a larynectomee, with no vocal cords and a hole in her neck to breathe through. My family and I experienced first-hand the emotional devastation of having a wife and mother stolen from us by a highly-addictive, nicotine-containing product. We all watched her draw her final breath on an early July morning.

Measure 108 seeks to keep young people from ever starting to smoke or vape. Studies show people never start if there is a significant monetary disincentive, and some will even stop. Oregon lags far behind other West Coast states with its tobacco tax, which currently does not include e-cigarettes or vaping products. The bipartisan measure has strong support from the American Cancer Society, Cancer Action Network and many other health-protecting organizations. Its passage will provide desperately needed healthcare and prevention dollars to help many Oregonians, especially during COVID-19.

Measure 108 will save lives and keep families from tragically losing their loved ones like my family was forced to endure. Please support it!

Eric Jones, Gresham


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