One of the essential expectations we have of those who represent us in our seats of government is to remain in communication with us. In the days before computers and e-mail, expenses for paper and postage were built into the budgets of our representatives. With e-mail being essentially free, is there any reason why they should not be able to keep in touch?Our representatives, though, are human.
A few of the more or less technically savvy among them regularly let us know what is happening through e-mail. Among our Marion County contingent in the State Capitol for the 2015 session, Rep. Bill Post gets the award for most frequent (he even posts a more-or-less weekly video recap on his YouTube channel) while Sen. Kim Thatcher easily still takes the trophy for most news in each letter. Of the rest, Rep. Mike Nearman regularly posts to the Oregon Catalyst blog site and, perhaps because they are frustrated with being in the minority, Republican legislators have taken to issuing press releases.
Each legislator has a section of the Oregon Legislature web site with which to play. All communications issued by their offices — press statements as well as newsletters — get posted in their sections. As each member of the Marion County Republican legislators on this page post communication for their constituents you will be able to find it here, as well. Read all about it!
Sen. Fred Girod
Sen. Bill Kennemer