As you know, we all are facing perhaps the wildest and most challenging times in the history of our nation. To get us back to prosperity and health will require a different level of thinking than what got us here.

Wildfires cloud our skies. COVID-19 has disrupted our communities, creating economic hardship and uncertainty.  Gone are the times of putting our heads in the sand, hoping all of this will go away. We need a scientific, common-sense approach to our decision-making.

We need leadership to pull us towards new solutions. That is why I am running to be the state representative for House District 59. We need  “all hands on deck” to rebuild our economy and to address the challenges facing Oregon’s rural districts: decreasing water supplies, soil depletion, climate fluctuations and wildfire danger.

We must find a way to integrate energy independence and renewable resources. We must provide  technological training to boost our economy and build infrastructure for broadband, EV charging, and renewable energy, which will enable our constituents to generate power — and profit — from our own precious land.

We must find ways to honor our citizens with dignity through investment, from the Warm Springs Tribal members  to our school children who need access to comprehensive education, and to all of us who need well-paying jobs and affordable healthcare.

We understand the challenges are significant. We know that we can craft solutions to solve our problems because solutions are born out of innovation, necessity, and determination. Within the next six weeks, Oregonians will have a chance to choose the candidates who roll up their sleeves and get to work. Yes, we can solve the immense, challenging problems we face today.