Although I knew the Ben Unger-Katie Eyre race for representing Oregon’s District 29 (Forest Grove, Hillsboro and Cornelius) would be competitive, I had hoped that we, the voters, would not have to put up with the volume of mudslinging and outright lies being touted by the Eyre campaign against Unger.

It was truly disheartening to receive a glossy and obviously expensive piece titled “Meet Ben Unger…” in the mail a couple of days ago with a list of short negative “facts” about Unger’s record and past work, all taken out of context without proper research.

Personally, I am sick of all this. We are inundated with these types of negative ads nationally and I almost expect it, but locally? I want someone to represent my interests and talk to me about my concerns and issues, not fling inaccurate information around about their opponent using national PAC money.

I have met with Ben on several occasions and in different venues and he listens with the intent to represent me and my community in the legislature in Salem. He does not run a campaign that spends all its time pulling down his opponent and he is knowledgeable about and successful in using the political process to meet community needs. He has my support.

I am throwing my hat in the ring for Ben because he spends his time knocking on doors and listening to constituents with the intent of solving our local concerns and challenges rather than spending a lot of PAC money on negative advertising.

Claire Berger

Forest Grove, Oregon

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