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Jeannie Hwang, wife of Senate District 25 candidate Justin Hwang, asks for an end to racist overtones in the campaign.

JEANNIE HWANGI've watched with worry over the last few years as my husband has been attacked by career politicians with racist overtones. It happened in 2018 when Justin ran for the house, and it's happening again now.

My husband is a kind and compassionate person. He believes that we can do a better job managing Oregon's tax dollars and provide better services to our most vulnerable. He also doesn't let national politics interfere with what's happening locally here in East County. However, we keep sending the same people to Salem year after year and then we wonder why things continue to get worse.

Justin's small business experience and entrepreneurial spirit is a stark contrast to Rep. Chris Gorsek's work ethic in ranking as one of the Legislature's fifth-most absent members. East County deserves better.

Chris Gorsek has had his chance. I believe in my husband. He loves this community. He believes in women's empowerment. As a Korean immigrant, nobody will fight more for immigrants than my husband. He'll also stand up to Kate Brown's tax and spend agenda.

Mr. Gorsek, do not accuse my husband of attacking a woman's access to reproductive care, without asking a woman first, like myself.

And yes, Mr. Gorsek, my husband and I are part of the community. How dare you say, "He's not one of us" when it comes to this community or, "We are rejecting Justin Hwang in this community" in your Facebook ads. Justin has spent tireless hours as a volunteer in East County and serves on the foundation board of Mt. Hood Community College, and feeds the homeless every month.

This has to stop. I am done with the racial overtones from you and your Portland lobbyist friends.

As a woman and as an immigrant from Korea, these are the things my husband and I came to America to escape. If we really want to advance racial equity, why would we vote for Mr. Gorsek in the first place?

People in Oregon and in East County are tired of the mean-spirited, worn-out partisan politics. This election, voters will again have a choice between kindness or division. Progress versus partisanship. I pray that we choose hope and goodness over fear and division.

Jeannie Hwang of Fairview is married to Senate candidate Justin Hwang.

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