Over the years, my children have tried a variety of activities; from Girl Scouts, to soccer, basketball, piano lessons, and art lessons. By far, my favorite activity has been taekwondo. They have a wonderful teacher who not only teaches them self defense and helps teach them the importance of physical fitness, but also focuses on life skills.
Last month, the focus was on Communication, defined as “the link between the world and me.”
My daughter is advancing through the program and now writes an essay on the topic. She has to discuss how the life skill is used at home, in school and in taekwondo. As she was working on her essay, she asked me how communication affects my daily life.
I thought about being an effective communicator as a teacher, as a small business owner, as a community member, as a mom and a wife and then, of course, now as a candidate.
Communicating my message is the most important part of my campaign. Letting people know who I am, what I stand for and why I am the best person to bring results from Salem to southern Oregon is what I do each and every single day now.
The lack of communication from our current elected officials is the number one concern I hear when I’m out knocking on doors and when I attend meetings and events.
People don’t feel they have a voice.
For the last several months, I have been meeting with local groups, organizations and businesses so I know what issues are most important in our community and I am prepared to create and vote on legislation once elected.
Each time I meet, I ask for background on the organization, what they do, how they are helping others. Then I ask how I can help as a legislator.
More often than not, I hear COMMUNICATION.
They explain that not everyone is brought to the table to solve a problem. That nobody has asked them about what they’re doing in the community. That they don’t feel they have a voice to raise their concerns about the topic. That they don’t have a connection to their elected officials.
If we are to solve the issues that affect us in our area, we need to ensure everyone working on and affected by an issue has a seat at the table.
Everyone in the community should be able to raise a concern or a solution to their elected official.
Donors, corporations and PACs should not be the ones influencing our representatives.
I am here to listen.
I am here to build bridges.
I am here to bring everyone to the table.
I will communicate with you regularly once elected.
I will be the link between our area and those making the decisions.
Join me at the table and let’s build the future we want together.