It has been a busy July with meeting voters at the door, in the homes of supporters and at various events throughout the community, to say nothing of the grocery store conversations! Some of the common themes are homelessness, public safety, the cost of gas, and how are we going to fill the hundreds of vacant jobs throughout the various industries.
Earlier this month I had the opportunity to learn more about the auto collision repair businesses and the need to grow their workforce, as many in the industry are heading for retirement. Our hospitals continue to struggle to meet patient loads and many restaurants continue to operate with limited hours due to lack of workforce. The state made a huge investment in workforce development, $200M, but we've yet to see much return on that investment, time will tell, as small business continues to struggle.
Many of you have expressed the desire to meet face to face and visit. Please consider attending any of the following activities and be sure to say hello and introduce yourself.
- Neighborhood coffee and then door to door, email [email protected] and we will let you know when we will be in your neighborhood!
- Santiam Canyon Stampede on Saturday, July 23rd.
- Salem Chamber Public Policy on July 26th at 2pm.
- West Salem Business Luncheon on Thursday, July 28th.
- Oregon State Capitol Foundation Appreciation Luncheon on Saturday, July 30th at the Capitol State Park.
- Neighborhood National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2nd at 1557 Webster Dr SE, Salem.
If we don't have the chance to connect soon, I would still very much appreciate your thoughts, concerns, and comments. Please feel free to email me at [email protected] or participate in a brief survey by scanning this QR code and completing the on-line survey. I look forward to hearing from you!
Interested in Helping? All are welcome!
If you'd like to volunteer with the campaign we have many activities that could use your help. Our next volunteer overview and training will be Wednesday, August 17th at 1pm in downtown Salem. Email [email protected] for more details.
Your continued encouragement and support is deeply valued and I look forward to seeing each of you on the campaign trail this summer!
All my best,
Representative HD19 and Candidate SD10
On July 4th we celebrated at the Monmouth/Independence parade. Not only a special day in our country, but for me personally as it was my Dad's Birthday. One tradition he had on his birthday was the family reading of the Declaration of Independence which expresses the "self-evident truths" of liberty and equality. It held for him the foundation and hope available to everyone regardless of where you grow up or your family composition. It was an honor to participate in our local community parade with these thoughts in mind.