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OBA Endorses Laura Morett for HD20

September 17, 2016

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OBA PAC Announces Final Candidate Endorsements in Oregon’s Hottest Races
Laura Morett endorsed for State Representative in House District 20

Salem – Oregon Business Association’s Political Action Committee (PAC) announced Laura Morett has been endorsed for her election as State Representative to HD20. In a statement released by OBA “Oregon Business Association’s Political Action Committee (PAC) has worked hard on a thorough and thoughtful candidate endorsement process throughout the election cycle,” said PAC Chair John Russell of Russell Development, Inc. OBA’s PAC is dedicated to making a significant impact by electing balanced, thoughtful and courageous candidates to leadership positions in Oregon.

OBA was formed by a group of Oregon business leaders and provides bipartisan, statewide business leadership that strives to ensure Oregon’s continued economic competitiveness. Their membership spans more than 250 businesses, from Portland to Boardman, from homegrown to Fortune 500. They support OBA’s commitment to a healthy economy for all Oregonians. OBA brings together Oregon businesses large and small, urban and rural – working to achieve balanced policy solutions to strengthen quality of life and the state’s long-term economic competitiveness.

In response to receiving the OBA endorsement Laura said: “It is an honor to be endorsed by one of Oregon’s top business trade groups that has a history of non-partisan support to candidates. My focus on small business development and job creation will continue to be a top priority.”

Laura will be a champion for small business issues in the legislature. She will fight new taxes on small businesses who continue to struggle with an unpredictable economy and work to eliminate unnecessary regulations which cause small businesses to close. “I know more support for new businesses will give them a greater chance of success to create jobs,” said Morett.

Laura Morett is a lifetime Oregonian and lives in Salem with her husband Dan. They have three children and two grandchildren. Laura has worked in the legal field as well as help her husband manage their small business for 28 years – Morett Construction.

Education to Forestry

September 15, 2016

As I mentioned in my last article, I’ve had the opportunity to learn and grow an incredible amount by playing a number of different roles for our campaign team. Our team has tons of experience and knowledge and they have been great teachers for me along the way. I’ve also been very lucky to be able to attend various educational forums about topics from education to forestry on behalf of our campaign. These forums have been put on by a number of different entities, and I’ve walked away from each of them with a much better understanding of the topics themselves, current issues, and what kind of policy changes could help them.

The first one of these forums I attended was the “Reimagine Education in Oregon” which was put on by Salem-Keizer School district. The goal of this forum was to educate the audience on the purpose of the recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and to hear feedback from the audience about issues within our current education system and how they could be addressed. Many teachers, administrators, counselors, students, and parents were in attendance and all got to have their voices heard. The first half of the forum was a presentation on what the ESSA was and how it could help Oregon’s struggling education system. We learned that the ESSA was the replacement of the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, and that it was a “Gentle hand back of control to the states.” The ESSA’s main goal is to advance education equity by allowing the states to adjust their education systems to fit their own needs and to address their own problems. After everyone had been introduced to the ESSA, we broke up into small groups of about ten, and discussed issues and solutions to that could help Oregon’s new education plan. Each table then got to present the issue that they thought was most pressing, and how they thought we should address it. This forum was a great opportunity to hear from the people who work in our education system discuss what type of policies are currently hindering our education system, and what type could help turn it around.

Another great opportunity to learn from experts that I’ve had was when I attended a presentation from Jon Chandler, the CEO of the Oregon Home Builders Association, and Nick Smith, the Executive Director of the Healthy Forests, Healthy Communities non-profit organization. The objective of this presentation was to discuss issues involving affordable housing, land use, active forest management, the timber industry, and how they’re all tied together. It’s safe to say that there was a lot to be learned, but both Mr. Smith and Mr. Chandler did a great job of outlining the topics, and getting into specifics when it comes to the successes and failures of our state to create policy to address these issues. We learned that the issues of farm and forest preservation, affordable housing, and active forest management of all of our forests need to be prioritized equally if we are going to effectively deal with these complex and interdependent issues. Mr. Chandler introduced the idea of a creating a state level committee designed to screen bills to see how they would affect the cost of housing, which would transfer the accountability of the issues to the state.

Mr. Smith’s part of the presentation provided shocking facts and statistics regarding Oregon’s timber industry, federal forest lands, the growing problem of forest fires, and the economic and ecological impacts of the issues we’re dealing with regarding these issues. Of the topics discussed, the one that really stuck with me was the negligence of the federal government to manage the federal forests in Oregon. These forestlands have become overgrown with non-native trees, insects, and pests that suffocate our native trees and add to the problem of forest fires. If these federal forests were being actively managed the way Oregon’s experts know how to do, we not only would have healthier forests, but it would also provide significant economic growth and job creation. Oregon’s Douglas Firs are the most valuable trees you can find, yet we allow thousands of acres of them die due to invasive species, and out of control forest fires that are a result of these unmanaged lands.

Everyday on the campaign trail has taught me something new, and the opportunity to attend these types of forums have given me the chance to learn from experts on topics that have worked in these industries for years and have valuable insight that I’m very thankful to have heard.

Garrett Mosher

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Intern, Laura Morett for Oregon

Liberty has found her voice with Laura Morett

September 10, 2016

As published in the Statesman Journal:

“Our own voice in state politics is carried by the representative we elect.

With decades of piled-up regulation and tax burden, we need a voice which rings of freedom: teachers free to teach, entrepreneurs free to create jobs and citizens free to see the actions of its government. Well-meaning rules have inadvertently created ghost towns and political corruption.

Let’s abandon the dysfunctional top-down approach to positive change and unshackle those trying to make better lives for their families and a better Oregon.

Let’s start by voting for Laura Morett for House District 20.”

Jason Haury, Salem

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Laura Endorsed by the Sheriffs of Oregon

September 6, 2016

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MEDIA CONTACT: Laura, 503-551-2037; laura@lauramorettfororegon.com

Sheriffs of Oregon, PAC
Endorses Laura Morett for State Representative in House District 20

SALEM – Laura Morett has received the endorsement of the conservators of the peace – the Sheriffs of Oregon, PAC as their choice for state representative HD 20.  House district 20 includes Monmouth, Independence and parts of west and south Salem. Laura said “I am humbled and honored to have received the endorsement of the Sheriffs of Oregon. These are the men and women who put their lives on the line every day they work.”

The Sheriffs of Oregon political action committee (SOO-PAC) is the voice of Oregon’s 36 elected sheriffs. Retired Sheriff John Bishop stated “The endorsement of Laura Morett, is the result of careful consideration by the Sheriffs of Oregon. We are confident that Laura will promote laws designed to better protect Oregonians and their families by making law enforcement effective.”

Having married into a family of law enforcement, Laura understands the importance of effective law enforcement. Her father in-law is a retired LAPD detective. “Vic served and protected those in his community for over 25 years. He taught his family to be chosen to serve is an honor and privilege,” said Morett.

Laura Morett is a lifetime Oregonian and lives in Salem with her husband Dan. They have three children and two grandchildren. Laura has worked in the legal field as well as help her husband manage their small business – Morett Construction.

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10 Days in the Life of a Candidate

September 5, 2016

 

These last two weeks have been filled with more meetings, tours, birthdays, anniversaries, door knocking, phone calling and fund raising – I almost don’t know where to start. I was both encouraged and challenged by what I learned. There are many needs in our community, but there are also many willing hands helping. I found myself thinking – please don’t ever let my hands become too full that I don’t have a hand available to help.

Simonka House Serves Women in Crisis
Touring the Simonka House in Keizer was amazing. I was so impressed with the program they have in place. Caring for, educating, servicing, protecting and loving on our women and children in crisis with kindness, love and respect. If you want to know more about a non-profit that is life changing please visit their website at: https://www.ugmsalem.org/our-ministries/womens-ministries/.

Polk Community Free Clinic 4 Website

Trinity Lutheran Church Serves the Community
I visited with Gail who runs the Polk Community Free Clinic at the Dallas Trinity Lutheran Church. She shared about the medical treatment they provide to those in need in the community. One story stood out – a woman who had a lump in her breast for months but no insurance, she came into the clinic and within 1-2 weeks had the lumps removed and is on the road to recovery, because of kind generous people who want to help.

New Oregon State Hospital in Junction City State-of-the-Art to Serve Mental Illness
At the end of last week, I traveled to Junction City to tour the new Oregon State Hospital. What a beautiful, huge facility. Many questions were asked and I learned more about the varies issues surrounding mental health in our state. It is a big, complex problem with no simple answers. However, it is an issue that I will continue to work on, asking questions, considering the answers until we can effectively provide help for the many who suffer with mental illness.

United Way Celebration 4 Website

Marion County Commissioner Kevin Cameron making closing remarks.

United Way and Judge Abernathy Launch Reading Program
The annual United Way Community Celebration Luncheon thanked local contributors and highlighted important local programs. The Honorable Judge Abernathy spoke about the importance of teaching children to read. She told of how local, dedicated men and women of Aumsville decided they were going to change the tide of low literacy rates in their community. I was so impressed with how much, once again – are you seeing a theme here? – our local community comes together to help those in need.

Thank you to all of the people who hosted me as I toured, joined in at a meeting or event. Your hospitality and caring extend deeply into our community.

Keeping the faith,

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