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The politics of Oregon are incredibly complex. They always have been and they always will. Yet, it is this complexity which makes our state such an incredible place to live. Born and having lived in Central Oregon, I understand the disconnect between the "rest of the state's" concerns, hopes, and aspirations and the decision-making which occurs in Salem and Portland. Sometimes you feel left out. Sometimes you feel neglected, as if the farmer, the rancher, the builder has no say in the matter.
I also think that as a state, we're a lot more moderate than we actually think we are. The media, bloggers, and comment boards paint Portland as a giant hippie commune. As a Portland resident I'm convinced that we we're not so different than those in Deschutes or Harney County. We want good schools, businesses to succeed, reasonable taxation, and the opportunity for our friends, family, and children to thrive.
In the end, I'm proud that we've elected a governor that is ready to ask difficult questions, make difficult decisions, and bring everyone to table. No doubt, it's not going to be easy, but as Oregonians, we must set aside the name calling, the bickering, and accusations. All of us are concerned and all of us are committed to making Oregon a model of complex, yet successful government.
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