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The Great Communities of HD20

November 10, 2016

Thank you to each and every person, young, old, democrat, republican, independent that reached out and helped me share my message of common sense leadership for the citizens of House District 20. I have come to know so many new people, and I am forever changed by this endeavor. I learned that you care as deeply as I do about the direction of our state and that we must now continue to bring that message of common sense solutions to our elected officials.

We cannot step back and concede. We must continue to work for a government that is more transparent and responsive to the voice of the people. Earlier today I read an interesting recap of the results of yesterday’s election. Here is an excerpt from the Oregon Prosperity Project’s newsletter:

“… Tuesday’s winners have to pick up the pieces after a divisive election and find a way to govern. In Oregon, three issues stand out as ones that must be addressed for the state to prosper.

State government’s most basic task might also be its most challenging in 2017. The Legislature must craft a budget for the next two years. Even though Oregon will have $1.2 billion to $1.6 billion in additional revenue next biennium, the gap between revenues and the amount needed to fund current services will be about $1.4 billion.

One of the biggest causes of the gap between revenues and expenses is growing pension costs. Pension reform needs to re-enter the political discussion in 2017.

The Legislature also needs to take another run at crafting a transportation package, and this time it needs to be successful. Gridlock costs individuals and businesses thousands of dollars a year in lost productivity and increased transportation expense.

While those are the three biggest tasks for the 2017 Legislature, dozens of other issues will draw attention, from workplace rules to carbon controls. But election results should move one issue to the forefront: creating more blue-collar jobs. Rural Oregon, like the rest of rural America, has lagged metropolitan areas economically. Blue-collar workers in urban areas also have seen employment opportunities decline. On Tuesday, working class voters in overwhelming numbers sent the message they want that to change.”

You and I can be part of affecting the changes that need to take place to restore Oregon to it’s potential. The most important voice that a Legislator hears it that of their constituents. Do not be silent in the months and days leading up to the 2017 Legislative Session. In a constructive and engaging manner let your thoughts be known, not only to your Representative, but to the committees that oversee the bills that may eventually become law. Your district and your state need you more than ever!

It has been a privilege to campaign in the great communities of HD20. I won’t forget you!

Keeping the Faith,
Laura Signature Black Best

 

Laura S. Morett

Cut the red tape by electing Morett for HD 20

November 7, 2016

As published in the Statesman Journal:

As a small business owner, I know the frustration of governmental inefficiencies that stand in the way of progress. The almost year-long delay of the Minto Island bridge looms as a perfect example of how the permitting process can be arduous and riddled with setbacks. The bridge is something that will improve our city and the quality of life for everyone in Salem, yet it stands as an example of the slow progress that all too often plagues our city.

I too have experienced these same types of setbacks on a regular basis. These delays halt construction projects, worker pay and commerce. As the old saying goes, “time is money.” When our government wastes time, it wastes our money and opportunities for everyone.

The best thing for our community is job growth and opportunity from small business. We have to change the way we do business to promote a healthy living, not homelessness.

Plan to vote for Laura Morett for House District 20. She understands the importance of government agencies that work efficiently and effectively for everyone. I know she will work to create policy that serves all of us.

Let’s cut the red tape!

Rich Duncan
Salem

Morett a highly qualified candidate worth supporting

November 7, 2016

As published in the Statesman Journal:

Officially, the qualifications for a person to run for our state’s Legislature are to be over 21 years of age and to have lived in the district for at least one year. Unofficially, I believe there are more important qualifications such as intelligence, resourcefulness and integrity. These are traits that House District 20 candidate, Laura Morett, possesses in abundance.

I have known Laura for many years and find her to be incredibly gifted in finding unique solutions to difficult problems both in business and in her personal life. Laura has skillfully raised three children to lead successful and productive lives. Her two grandchildren currently attend school in the Salem-Keizer School District where Laura volunteers and has done so for the past 22 years. Additionally, she has partnered with her husband to run a successful construction business while building solid friendships with their clients.

Laura knows what it means to provide jobs and to sign the front of someone’s paycheck. She understands the value of a dollar and the hard work it takes to earn a living. Laura does what she promises, stands up and follows through. Laura is a highly-qualified candidate in my book.

Tracey Maddux
Dallas

Weekend Reminders

November 5, 2016

fall-back-clock-daylight-savings-timeDaylight Savings Time Ends Sunday Morning – don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour Saturday night before you go to bed as Daylight Savings Time officially ends at 2 AM Sunday morning. This is also a good time to check your smoke alarm batteries and make sure they are working properly.

It is not too late to vote! Ballots are due by 8 PM, Tuesday, November 8. Complete your ballot and deliver it to one of the official ballot drop locations. A listing of ballot drop off sites can be found below. If you have any questions about your ballot call your local County Clerk –  Marion County at: 503-588-5041 or Polk County at: 503-623-9217.

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OFFICIAL BALLOT DROP SITES – MARION COUNTY
Marion County Clerk (555 Court St NE, Salem. Ballot boxes on first floor lobby)
Roth’s Fresh Market – Vista (3045 Commercial St SE, Salem, OR 97302)
DMV – Sunnyslope Shopping Center (4555 Liberty Road South, 97302)
Marion County Courthouse Drive-Thru, on Court Street NE, just before High Street
Walmart Parking Lot – South Salem (5250 Commercial St SE, Salem, OR 97306)

BALLOT DROP SITES – POLK COUNTY DROP SITE LOCATIONS AND HOURS

Polk County Clerk’s Office
850 Main St Dallas, (Courthouse 2nd floor) | Dallas, OR 97338 | (503) 623-9217
(24 Hour Drop site located on the East Side of Polk County Courthouse)
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. (Closed 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
Election Day 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Independence: Independence City Hall
555 S Main St. | Independence, OR 97351 | (503) 838-1212
(24 Hour Drop site located inside front lobby)

Monmouth: Monmouth Public Library
168 Ecols St. S | Monmouth, OR 97361 | (503) 838-1932
Tuesday – Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Election Day 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Western Oregon University: Werner University Center
345 N Monmouth Ave. | Monmouth, OR 97361 | (503) 838-8261
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Election Day 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

West Salem: Roth’s Market
1130 Wallace Rd NW | Salem, OR 97304 | (503) 370-3790
Sunday – Saturday 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Election Day 6:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Morett is open, honest and seeks transparency in government

November 3, 2016

As published in the Statesman Journal –

I would like to urge fellow residents of House District 20 to join me in voting for Laura Morett.  I have known Laura and her husband Dan for over 20 years. They are people of high character and integrity.

Laura will bring a fresh perspective to the House and some needed balance. She understands small business and has also spent the last year educating herself on the nuances of governing. She met and listened to voters all over her district.

She is open and honest and will promote openness and transparency in government. She is an advocate for local oversight of education. She is not a career politician, nor do I think she will become one if elected. She will work hard for us to make systems work as cost-effectively as possible.

I urge you to vote for Laura Morett for District 20!

Lloyd Lowry
Salem

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