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Readers express support for Medina, Lonergan, Gilland, Walsh, Cramer, Measure 114

Medina is the clear choice

A recent Axios article outlines the tactics Republicans are using nationwide — even here in Oregon — to obscure their extreme anti-abortion positions from voters.

Most Oregonians agree: we want to keep our right to make our own reproductive healthcare decisions regarding abortion and birth control. That's why I am voting for Anthony Medina to be our next representative in the state legislature.

Medina is the only pro-choice candidate in this race. He has the endorsement of local organizations I trust, such as Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon and Pro-Choice Oregon PAC.

His opponent on the other hand has indicated she would support restricting abortion in most cases. I don't need my representative to agree with me 100% on every issue, but that's just too extreme and not in line with Oregonians' values. Oregonians overwhelmingly support everyone's fundamental right to control their own bodies, including whether to have an abortion, and everyone should have access and options when it comes to making personal health care decisions.

We need someone representing us in Salem who aligns with those values and will fight for our rights. That's why a vote for Anthony Medina is the clear choice.

Evelyn Estrada


Walsh stands up for working families

Richard Walsh knows that affordable access to health care is a top issue for Oregonians. Oregon has made progress in closing the gap between the insured and uninsured, but more needs to be done and the out of pocket costs for health care plans are too high for many working families.

Rich knows that seniors are especially impacted by the high cost of health care and prescription drugs. He has been a long-time advocate for better services for seniors and knows that seniors deserve the best possible health care after working into their systems for their entire lives. Seniors should not have to pay for supplemental insurance plans out of pocket.

Working families in our state are being held hostage by pharmaceutical companies and the high cost of prescription drugs. Rich will prioritize creative solutions to lower the cost of prescription drugs and take on Big Pharma. With his law practice, Rich has dedicated his life to standing up for injured Oregonians and the little guy, and taking on Big Insurance. He knows that this fight takes and will bring that resolve to Salem.

Rich Walsh is the candidate for Senate District 11 who will stand up for working families and move Oregon closer to the vision of affordable access to health care for all.

Teresa Joslin


Hunters supporting Measure 114

We are an adult father and daughter living in the rural Willamette Valley and urban Portland, and some of our best and worst shared memories involve guns. That's why we agree on Measure 114.

My dad helped raise me to become a responsible gun owner in Oregon, from hunters' safety at the Canby Rod & Gun Club to learning to hunt outside Burns in Malheur County. This spring, we sat across the table sharing tears after Uvalde, as we talked about the world my daughters — his granddaughters — now live in. Together we signed petition paperwork to get Measure 114 on the ballot, and both of my parents, a farmer and a high school teacher, joined me at this summer's March for Our Lives.

We aren't aligned politically in all ways, but we do see much common ground around this issue and agree on the need for reasonable Oregonians from all walks of life to cooperate and find common sense solutions for the benefit of our society. That's why we're both voting yes on Measure 114 and asking our fellow hunters, parents, grandparents and all fellow Oregonians to join us.

Bethany Rydmark, Portland

Cameron Buck, St. Paul

Supporting Lonergan

Woodburn voters will elect a new mayor on Nov. 8 who must have the experience, ethics, credibility and ability to work with people of all backgrounds. We need Frank Lonergan as mayor.

As a former Woodburn city council colleague of Frank, I am pleased to endorse his candidacy for Woodburn mayor. In my experience with Lonergan, I found him to be highly ethical, well prepared, asks the tough questions, is willing to listen to all sides of a question/issue in a respectable manner and works for the common good of the entire community.

Lonergan has been a small business owner and manager in a large corporation, so he understands the need for positive economic development while balancing it with the needs for livability/sustainability in the Woodburn community.

As mayor, Lonergan is prepared to continue to lead Woodburn on a path of positive growth with the city council, staff, and community. His positive plans include economics, transportation, inclusiveness and neighborhoods.

Longeran has the preparation, experience and character to be a great mayor of Woodburn and represent the city on the local, county, state and national levels.

Please help him with your vote.

Pete McCallum


Lonergan 'honest and forthright'

I am writing in support of Frank Lonergan for mayor of the city of Woodburn.

I have known Lonergan for several years and have found him to be honest and forthright. My dealings with him have shown that he is non-biased and possesses the characteristics of leadership so necessary for an office such as our city's mayor. He is ambitious and not afraid to promptly tackle difficult situations and see them through.

It is for these reasons that I have no hesitation in recommending a vote for Lonergan for mayor. His election will insure the strong leadership that Woodburn needs.

JoAnn K. Beck


Vote Lonergan for mayor

Frank Lonergan has a proven track record of serving the Woodburn community for many years.

Lonergan has experience as a manager, city councilor and he knows city government and its policies very well. He will lead the city of Woodburn on the right direction and make the best policies on leading our city to the future.

Being a long-time citizen of the city, Lonergan loves the city and its residents. His heart is with all the residents and making sure he will serve this multi-cultural, diverse community to make Woodburn a better place for all of us.

Lonergan is honest and respected; vote for him for mayor.

Elida Sifuentez


Freedom Believers take issue with DPO

On behalf of Freedom Believers, we would like to address the recent exposure of derogatory misinformation published by the Democratic Party of Oregon.

In what appears to be an attempt to smear the campaign of Tracy Cramer for House District 22, the DPO also smeared Freedom Believers and the entire community of Russian Old Believers.

The ROBC community that Freedom Believers was created to support is a community of hard-working and entrepreneurial-spirited people who greatly contribute to the economy and diversity of Oregon.

Since this district seat opened, neither the DPO or Anthony Medina reached out to Freedom Believers or the ROBC community.

Instead of asking where the community stood on issues such as vaccination, the DPO went with an assumption by generalizing the entire ROBC community as "extremists" and "anti-vaxxers."

Not only are these labels based on prejudice and harmful stereotypes, they could also induce hostility and fear within district residents and legitimate concerns of sanctioned discrimination towards the ROBC community.

The DPO and Medina showed active political prejudice with their messaging, exploiting the Russian Old Believers based on a harmful stereotype.

Freedom Believers feel HD 22 residents should know this and choose a candidate that represents their values.

Antanida Basargin


Supporting Tracy Cramer

Tracy Cramer is running to represent us here in north Salem, Woodburn, Gervais and Brooks as our state representative. She is pro-business, herself a small business owner who has met payroll and balanced budgets.

Cramer's family business took a hit during the shutdowns, and she went back to work while pregnant.

Cramer is endorsed by the Oregon Hispanic Business Association and Defend Small Business PAC. She will protect our wallets, strongly oppose tax increases and is endorsed by the Oregon Taxpayer Association.

Cramer's opponent (Anthony Medina) is in lockstep with Kate Brown in shutting down businesses. It is dangerous to think we could have a leader who would be willing to close schools and businesses again. He was quoted saying Brown has been a phenomenal leader.

There are stark differences between Cramer and her opponent. He was Kate Brown's budget writer, and he wrote the most expensive budget in Oregon history. Cramer would have rejected it. He's too expensive for our community.

Vote for Cramer so she can help clean up this mess we are in.

Marylin Shannon


Salute to Sonya Fischer

Clackamas County is a beautiful place to live. With vast landscapes, prime farmland and amazing forests, protecting our quality of life is important.

I appreciate the fact that Commissioner Sonya Fischer spent her childhood traipsing through the farms alongside her father who worked as a produce buyer. She has a deep respect for our agricultural strengths and communities.

Where I live, we have some of the best farmland in the world in French Prairie. Making sure we have leaders that fight to preserve and protect our agricultural communities is critical to our quality of life.

Roger Fontes


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