Happy New Year!
I hope you had a refreshing and wonderful holiday season. Thank you for your support over this year, here’s some of my highlights.
I put tens of thousands of miles on my Prius this past year. In 2017 I presented at, spoke to, joined in, and learned from 181+ engagements. These included marches and rallies such as the Women’s March, People’s Climate March in April (Jackson), Restoration Parade this past August (Klamath), VeteRUN in October (Jackson), Defeat TrumpCare March in July (Klamath) & the Don’t Kill Net Neutrality Rally in December (Jackson).
I met with numerous county commissioners, mayors, city managers, police chiefs and chamber of commerce directors. I spoke at local community service organizations such as Lions and Kiwanis. I went into numerous high schools around CD2, to help educate our youth on what it is like to run for office and why each person needs to get informed and vote. This is just a snippet of what I believe elected officials should do. We have to demand accessibility and accountability from our leaders.
While it is vital to attend Democrat Chapter/Central Committee meetings (and boy were there a lot and in almost every county) these are obvious and straightforward for a Democrat candidate to get invited to participate in. The harder events and relationships to develop include the communities within our communities where you first need to build a solid level of trust. An example of this is when I was invited to attend the luncheon before the 9 Tribes Health Quarterly Meeting in June at Warm Springs. Another example was being invited to attend a youth soccer tournament in Hood River, so a Latino couple could introduce me to their friends. I have spoken at VFW meetings, met with veteran community outreach people, and one of my favorite veteran’s groups to be at was the Band of Brothers in Bend. It is special for me as a veteran to speak with veteran groups and I anticipate more opportunities in the coming months!
Where I also reached out to further learn about communities and members of our communities in CD2 was to our farmers and ranchers – especially in Harney County, social workers, caregivers, our youth and our seniors. I attended the Faith Based Network in Madras to learn more about the services they provide Jefferson County, but also to learn more about how so many groups are coming together for the better of their communities.
Indivisible groups around the District invited me to come and speak to their members and are showing themselves to be incredible movers and shakers in their communities. They have hosted everything from meetings where I have presented and spoke about my plans, to large full candidate forums. Impressive!
I want to serve CD2. This starts with knowing each community and their needs. I am committed to be present in CD2 because that is what we are lacking. I am the best candidate to do that job. I have seen the energy in CD2, it has truly inspired me. I am looking forward to 2018 and everything that we will accomplish together.
|Pictured above (L-R): 1) Jim & his family during the holidays. 2) Jim marching with his wife Dianna in the 2017 Women’s March. 3) Jim in the Talent Clean Energy March. 4) Jim with Don Gentry – Klamath Tribes Council Chair at the Restoration Celebration.|