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Kotek is best choice for governor
Oregon's 2022 gubernatorial race is a startling symbol of the ways in which right wing political leaders have the possibility to undo years of progress. This upcoming race could have devastating effects on environmental protections, reproductive healthcare access, and educational systems.
Through her time as House speaker, Kotek has shown an impressive dedication to championing climate action, workers rights, educational reform, and reducing community violence. She has a documented history of collaboration across party lines, a skill that will be key in navigating a polarized state legislature and finding common ground on solutions to Oregon's most pressing issues.
Kotek has shown a willingness to balance her progressive ideals with the need for bipartisan compromise in order to move legislation forward. Her commitment to improving the lives of Oregonians and readiness to work across party lines to pass legislation make her an ideal candidate for governor.
Sai Sivakumar, Northwest Portland
Neron is working for us on issues that matter
Courtney Neron. House District 26, deserves to be sent back to the Legislature this fall.
She has served us well for the last two terms. She has learned the legislative process and works very hard to deliver the wishes of her constituents. She researches the issues and talks with the people who are impacted by the legislation.
As a former teacher and vice chair of the House Education Committee, her first concern is education. She believes students learn best in a safe and welcoming classroom with a great teacher. She has focused on stabilizing our education system through improved funding, and accountability, and through quality curriculum from cradle to career. She has advocated and voted for children's access to physical and mental healthcare.
Rep. Neron also believes small business and working families are the backbone of our economy. She has supported reliable broadband for underserved and rural communities, and over $200 million for career pathways and programs to preserve and attract workers in critical sectors, including heath care, behavioral health, manufacturing, and technology. She supported the passage of a one-time $600 economic impact check to more than a quarter-million low-income working Oregonians to ensure that they can afford to take care of themselves and their families.
We all realize that Oregon has an affordable housing shortage. Courtney was part of a group that passed legislation to create a coordinated, region-based response to homelessness across the state and invested $400 million in housing production and preservation efforts.This funding was coupled with programs that connect people to critical wraparound services that help them adjust to their new homes. Funding was also provided for critically needed grants to organizations working with unhoused youth and to children transitioning out of foster care.
Other issues Courtney has worked on are too numerous to name, but all speak to her concern for our citizens and helping to make Oregon a more livable state.
I urge you to vote for Courtney this November for Oregon House District 26. She is a great representative we need to keep in office.
Nancy Lewis, King City
Former PCC board member backs Measure 111
I am writing in support of Measure 111.
I was born to a single mom who lacked health insurance. OHSU provided charity care to my mom during my birth. Two years later, the Chemawa Indian Health Service Center in my hometown of Salem was established. I was able to get the care I needed that my family may not have not been able to otherwise afford.
I joined the U.S. Army at 18, a blue-collar kid in the hopes of adventure, a vocation, money for college — and seeing the world while serving the country I love. I served in Army hospitals for eight years in the U.S and around the world, to include Afghanistan. As an active duty soldier, I always received high-quality care from the military health system.
I received an honorable discharge from the Army in 2003. Ever since, I have been eligible and received "the best care anywhere" from the VA.
Whether because of my status and eligibility as a Native American; as an active-duty soldier; or now as a veteran — the federal government has always ensured that I had the care I needed to thrive. I want this right to health care for all my fellow Oregonians regardless of their background or demographic. Measure 111 will add language to the constitution which establishes health care as a human right for all Oregonians.
I encourage voters to vote yes on Measure 111.
Valdez Bravo, Lake Oswego
Reelect Neron in House District 26
As past president of Oregon School Boards Association, I know that Rep. Courtney Neron is deeply committed to public education.
She's the real deal: she's an educator, vice chair of the House Education Committee, and helped pass the Student Success Act, making crucial investments in cradle to career education and workforce development.
I lived in Wilsonville many years and know of Rep. Neron's deep roots in the District and passion for her constituents. She listens, and has delivered on projects like the Sherwood pedestrian bridge, the Wilsonville I-5 bridge upgrade study, transit-oriented workforce housing, Just Compassion homeless shelter, Wilsonville Community Sharing, and broadband infrastructure throughout the district.
She's fighting for Oregon families, community safety, affordable healthcare, reproductive rights, the environment, workers and small businesses, and is responding to homelessness and housing affordability,
She's a proven leader; please reelect Rep. Courtney Neron.
Betty Reynolds, West Linn
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