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Jeff Akin wishes 'best' for his opponent in Nov. 3 election who won majority of vote

Congratulations, Oregon City Commissioner Frank O'Donnell!

Jeff AkinYou have given much to our city over the last 20 years and now have the opportunity to serve as a commissioner for another four years.

I have always found it interesting that we run elections in November, the month where we focus on gratitude, culminating in our nation's Thanksgiving celebration. Once the election draws to a close, we have the opportunity to express gratitude. Gratitude to the residents of our city for voting, gratitude to our families for supporting us through the campaign and gratitude to our community for allowing us to serve.

Commissioner O'Donnell, I am thankful for you and for your service. I understand how much sacrifice is necessary not only to campaign for the election, but more so, to actually serve. I am thankful that you have chosen to continue that sacrifice as you prepare to begin your second term. Thank you.

As you prepare, I am hopeful that you and the rest of the commissioners focus on the needs of our city. I am hopeful that you are able serve our critical business community by quickly, and responsibly, enabling them to survive and hopefully thrive as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. I am hopeful that you will balance our historical heritage with our need to grow, develop and evolve. And finally, I am hopeful that you will be available and responsive to the members of our community that reach out to you as they work through the challenges and bureaucracy of our government.

As public servants, we have the opportunity to personify gratitude. Early in the campaign, my 5-year old daughter would get frustrated when she would see your yard signs around town. I would respond to her that we should be excited every time we see someone with a yard sign for you or for the candidates for Position 2. Those signs show there is someone that cares about our city and cares about our community. I encouraged her to be thankful for seeing those signs. As you head into your second term as city commissioner, I ask that you personify gratitude and help encourage those values in the people you interact with.

Congratulations, and I wish you the best!

Jeff Akin ran against Oregon City Commissioner Frank O'Donnell in the Nov. 3 election.


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