Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that tomorrow is a day full of turkey, football, and most of all gratitude with friends and family. I always think of Thanksgiving as the most American of holidays. There is something wonderful about a nation that sets aside one day every year to thank God for our blessings.
It is also a good time of year to think of some of the people in our community who could use our help. Recently, I was part of a discussion with leaders from all across our community regarding concrete steps we can take to address homelessness. You can read more about it here.
Last week, we also celebrated the grand opening of Marion County's new Veteran Services Office in Salem. This partnership with the state of Oregon and Community Action ensures that our veterans get the support and services that they need. Since the Marion County VSO first opened in 2018, veteran service officers have assisted 2,040 veterans and helped get almost 1,100 claims approved for local veterans.
In a troubling development, Major League Baseball has announced a tentative plan that could effectively end our Salem-Keizer Volcanoes baseball team. The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes are a wonderful sports team that provide family friendly entertainment to the whole community. You can read more about the threat to our local team here. You can also sign a petition showing your support for the Volcanoes here.
Finally, if you haven't yet, I sure would appreciate it if you would consider making a year end tax credit contribution to my PAC. Your donation will allow me to continue to send these emails and get my message out to people all across Marion County.
It is an honor to serve you as your county commissioner.
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