Letter to House District 54
I am now the former State Representative of House District 54. During my final week, I drafted and mailed a letter thanking constituents for four years – one of the greatest honors and privileges of my life. We accomplished a lot together and there is much to be proud of, however four especially stood out to me:
1. Allowing women to purchase contraceptives without a doctor’s prescription, making Oregon the first state in the nation to remove that barrier.
2. Breaking ground on Bend’s first four-year university: OSU – Cascades. We secured funding to build the new campus which will be the beating heart and intellectual nexus of our community for the next 100 years.
3. Fighting the addiction epidemic. Opioid overdose deaths are finally declining, thanks at least in part to the comprehensive reforms we passed. As a doctor, this was particularly important and personal to me.
4. Protecting public employee whistle blowers. As a result of the Kitzhaber resignation, it was clear that government employees did not have adequate protection to make public fraud, abuse and corruption. They do now.
Now the torch has been passed.
Representative Cheri Helt was sworn-in last week and someone you should definitely follow on Facebook. You can read more about Rep. Helt in this Source Weekly article which also happens to be written by another former Rep. from HD 54. I have full confidence Cheri will do great things for Bend and for Oregon. But she needs your help and to hear from you. Be informed, stay engaged.