Always A Reporter on Assignment

Some people will call me a career politician, usually thinking it’s an insult. 

While I’m PROUD to be chosen by the people serve my community repeatedly, it’s not really an accurate statement. 

My time in journalism exceeds my time in politics.

I still think of myself as a reporter on assignment.

Oregon has a long history of people making a successful transition from reporting to public office. The two giants were Governor Tom McCall and Senator Richard Neuberger, but dozens have followed in their path.

Why does this generally work out so well? In reporting, as in public office, you don’t get to be a specialist. You have to know at least something about a lot of different things, how they work, and how they fit together. A good reporter is also trained to ask pertinent question or else they will fall for BS.

Public officials also have an obligation to communicate with the people they’re serving. They need to share openly and directly about what they’re doing and why. I’ve always thought this was an important role, but the COVID-19 pandemic underscores its importance. Because I’m in a position of community trust, I’ve worked very hard to provide people with accurate, clear relevant information about the virus and how it’s impacting the well-being of our community.

I’ve worked very hard to earn your trust over more than three decades and will work even harder to keep it. It’s hard to focus on the election with the virus dominating every aspect of our lives, but the choices we make for commissioner, district attorney and judge will shape Lincoln County for many years to come.

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