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I think it is critically important that our elected leaders spend time with leaders in communities throughout the state to hear what common issues, and potential solutions are facing their communities. I have worked hard over my career and my volunteer time to forge strong relationships and as ...your next State Senator, District 13, I will continue to work to ensure that I am a collaborative voice towards solutions that work for our communities. Attending events such as the Wayne Morse Gala and spending time with elected leaders throughout the state helps to get recognition of the unique needs and opportunities that District 13 has and can help find partners in making those positive changes at the state level that can help us here at home.

So thankful to have been invited by a couple of my supporters John and Jane Vandenberg, who are also big supporters of Fences for Fido, to the Fences For Fido Fun-raiser over the weekend. Fences for Fido is a non-profit that improves the quality of life for dogs living outdoors by building fences of charge for families who keep their dogs on chains, tethers, and in small enclosures. In addition to the fence, they also provide an insulated doghouse for each dog as well as spay/neuter services and emergency veterinary care when needed. It is causes like this that bring the community together with common goals. To make our entire community, including our four legged friends, safer, and able to live a better life. It was great to see so many other elected officials, including Rep. David Gromberg (pictured) and Rep. Rachael Prusak (pictured) who recognize the importance of the work Fences for Fido and other organizations do throughout our community and state.

To learn more about Fences for Fido visit their website at:

So glad I was able to attend the East Washington County Democrats Annual Picnic. Hearing from active citizens who are knocking on doors and helping to ensure that we elect strong leaders across the county who can represent our citizens in finding ways to make our lives, our cities and our state ...even stronger. We must be ready to vote for strong, servant leaders who will represent the voters, not their own private interests. I know the importance of listening to our neighbors concerns, as well hearing what they want our elected leaders to protect about our great state. As your next State Senator for District 13, I will always be listening to the people and helping to make our daily lives easier.

Had a great time attending the Sherwood Wine Festival hosted by the Rotary Club of Sherwood. So exciting to see such a great turnout from our community and beyond. Being able to showcase local wineries and restaurants while raising money to support the philanthropic efforts of the Rotary locally just another win-win for our community. I value the opportunities to meet with so many of our neighbors in District 13. If you have an event coming up that I may be able to attend, please send us a message.

I am proud to have the support of the Union Electrical Workers, IBEW Local 48. My commitment to Career and Technical Education program expansion and supporting businesses who provide living wage jobs will continue when I am your State Senator for District 13. We are a strong region, because of ...our trade union partnerships. I am honored to have IBEW Local 48 supporting this campaign.

I’m thrilled to have earned the endorsement of Basic Rights Equality Pac. As legal protections once confirmed by our Supreme are now under attack, I stand with our LGBTQ+ community, and all minority populations, to ensure that we have equal rights and equal protections under the law. We must for candidates who make a strong commitment to justice and fairness for all, regardless of our differences. Join our campaign by signing up for our email list through our volunteer page.

Had a great time at the Washington County Fair meeting with some fantastic neighbors and seeing the fantastic history of our local farmers and ranchers. Our agricultural industry and farming industry is a gem of our region and needs to remain protected. While you're at the fair (which runs ...through tomorrow 7/31/22), stop by the Washington County Democrats - "WashCo Dems" booth and learn about your local candidates running to help make a difference in your city, county and state. Your voice matters.

Last evening, as a member of the CCC Board of Directors, I had the honor to attend the inaugural Presidential Awards Dinner at Clackamas Community College. This event celebrated our most valued partners who have a commitment to community and the support of higher education in 2020 and 2021. The ...honorees showcased the best of CCC's Community and our broader regional support. I am proud to be part of a community and a college who continues to put students of all ages first as part of the CCC Foundations' Moving Students Forward campaign. Invited guests included many local elected leaders who have a proven commitment to enhancing our workforce development and student opportunity programs. It was a great opportunity to share ideas and to meet with others who have common goals and values. Pictured along with me is Gladstone City Councilor Annessa Hartman Annessa for Oregon (candidate for State Representative, District 40). I know everyone's educational path is unique, regardless of if you're seeking a trade certification, G.E.D., or advanced degrees at all levels. As your next State Senator, District 13, I will always prioritize creating opportunities and access for all of our neighbors.

Cooling centers are opening across our region.

If you find yourself in need of a place to cool off, or know of a neighbor who may be struggling in this heat, don't hesitate to get help. Last year we saw too many of our neighbors suffer, especially seniors who may not have air ...conditioning or transportation. Check on your neighbors, and be sure to keep yourself hydrated and out of the sun.

Please check out these county resources below for cooling centers near you:
Clackamas County:
Washington County:
Yamhill County:

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