In this season of giving thanks, I want to express my sincere gratitude to the citizens of our community for electing me to serve as your new state representative in the Oregon Legislature (for Dist. 26, which King City is joining).
During the campaign I was particularly struck by the themes uniting us as Oregonians.
Almost universally, the thousands of Democrats, Republicans and Independents I met implored me to focus on education, the rising cost of our public employee retirement system, our degrading infrastructure, balancing and prioritizing our spending, and - most importantly - revitalizing our stagnating economy.
It was by reaching out and listening to our neighbors that these issues rose to the forefront. I was also struck by the surprise received when I knocked on thousands of doors in our district to introduce myself - most residents had never met or talked with their elected public servants.
I intend to continue doing my best to change this. I'll be reaching out and listening to the concerns of our community through town halls, surveys, online resources and more, just as I sought to do during the campaign with my "open door" policy.
But this is a two-way street. As your public servant, I need you to take the time to call, write, visit or attend a town hall. I invite you to come to Salem to tour our Capitol and visit my office.
Please, don't be a stranger.