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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Oregon Senate District 23, House District 45 and House District 46 voters have a choice!

Portland SD 23, HD 45 and HD 46 voters have a choice in the May 20 primary.

Most legislative "races" are uncontested, but NE and SE Portland voters do have an opportunity to choose between qualified candidates.

You, dear voter, may wonder what five years of hard work looks like, preparing to take on the responsibilities of an Oregon State Senator, preparing to move from a staff position to elected, serving the constituents of House Districts 45 and 46, and Senate District 23.

Here’s a way to look at it:

I built Senator Avel Gordly’s office listserve from scratch, voter by voter, constituent by constituent to reach more than 9,000 of you directly, instantly and at no cost to taxpayers.

I drafted dozens of speeches and newsletters across a wide range of topics for Senator Gordly, attended the hearings, did the research.

I take a great deal of pride in this work, and I did it for you, for all Oregonians and prospective Oregonians.

All of the newsletters I worked on are listed by title and archived electronically for easy public access.

The link to the website is below the list.

As a candidate for Senate District 23, I’m offering more of the same. Clear communication, no self-promotion, no cheerleading, no taking credit for someone else’s work.

And my priorities match retiring Senator Gordly’s just about word for word.

Read it here.

You be the judge.

Senator Avel Gordly
District 23

Town Hall: "Truths about Homelessness in the Beloved Community" is this Saturday, April 26
April 23, 2008

Fair Housing Council of Oregon Celebrates 40 Years of the Fair Housing Act
April 14, 2008

Senator Avel Gordly and Sisters of the Road Invite You to a Town Hall
March 20, 2008

1.New requirements will improve quality of care at Oregon nursing homes
2. Question to our readers

March 6, 2008

House Bill 3626 amended to include Senate Bill 1075 and other concepts
February 22, 2008

Invitation to Multnomah County Health Equity Initiative and Community Dialogues
February 20, 2008

1. Statement on Senate Bill 1075, sponsored by Senator Avel Gordly
2. Oregon State Hospital Oversight Committee meets February 6

February 3, 2008

1. Joint Oregon State Hospital Oversight Committee appointed, first public meeting February 1
2. DHS grants focus on supportive living opportunities for 307 individuals with mental illness

January 31, 2008

1. Senator Gordly’s 2008 Supplemental Session bill creates Task Force on Mental Health and Addiction Services for Underserved Populations, declares emergency, effective on passage.
2. Press release—Three Mental Health Advocacy Organizations Unite

January 23, 2008

1. Senator Gordly speaks against the stigmatization of mental illness
2. NAMI-Oregon advocates for change at Oregon State Hospital, end to stigma
3. What will it take to make state hospital priority No. 1? (Statesman Journal story)
4. State hosts Community Forum on Oregon State Hospital Replacement Project
5. DHS allocates $4 million to move mentally ill from jail into treatment

January 22, 2008

1. Oregon Health Plan Standard benefit package opens to limited new enrollment with lottery system
2. Link to Oregon Health Plan Application and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS)

January 14, 2008

February 2008 Supplemental Session Committee Schedules
December 27, 2007

1. Mental health issues: Oregon Public Broadcasting wants to hear from people with direct experience
2. Congresswoman Kilpatrick Introduces Legislation to Address the Mental Health Care Needs of America’s Military Personnel, Veterans, and Families
3. Surge in homeless veterans, increased risk factors
4. National Alliance on Mental Illness launches online Veterans Resource Center

November 9, 2007

1. The Mental Health Caucus
2. October 25 Presenter: Gina Nikkel, Executive Director, Association of Oregon Community Mental Health Programs
3. October 25 Presenter: Bob Nikkel, MSW, Assistant Director, Department of Human Services, Addictions and Mental Health Division (AMH)
4. Links to Community Services Workgroup Report
5. Letter from Mary Moore-Suever, Executive Director, Pendleton Academies
6. Links to Oregon Consensus Program and Oregon Solutions:

October 31, 2007

1. Oregon’s new Identity Theft Protection Act is October 20 town hall theme
2. Legislative Fiscal Office issues Budget Information Brief and Report
3. Lead Safe Portland event offers free toy screening, blood testing, and prevention workshops on October 28

October 18, 2007

1. Oregon Consumer Identity Theft Protection Act (SB 583) to go into effect
2. Child Support system disruption alert
3. Oregon Department of Education develops Get Ready Oregon website regarding changes to high school diploma
4. Invitation to Oregon State Library free lecture series

September 26, 2007

1. Mental Health Caucus update
2. Public Commentary Opportunity: Two important on-line surveys for bicyclists, pedestrians and commuters, and for bridge design choices in Multnomah County.
3. Link to Multnomah County Health Department August 17 newsletter

August 28, 2007

Bulletin: Multnomah County online public safety survey ends TODAY
August 24, 2007

1. On Condo Conversions
2. Senator Gordly’s floor speech regarding HB 3186 condominium conversions
3. HB 3186: Your Oregon State Legislature At Work

August 24, 2007

1. Join the Oregon Prescription Drug Program (OPDP) Purchasing Pool
2. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQS) regarding the Oregon Prescription Drug Program Purchasing Pool
3. Frequently Asked Questions about OPDP and Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage

August 20, 2007

1. Senator Gordly appointed to 2007-2008 Interim Committees
2. Complete list of Senate Interim appointment

August 16, 2007

1. Senator Gordly’s plans for the 2007-2008 interim and the February 2008 Special Session
2. Guest Opinion by Rob Johnson on Services for Seniors and the Disabled

July 31, 2007

Public Health Alert: West Nile Virus is Transmitted by Mosquito Bite!
July 25, 2007

Senator Gordly to host July 28 community forum on West Nile virus
July 16, 2007

On Looking Forward
June 28, 2007

Constituent Responses to Immigration Statement
June 15, 2007

Senator Gordly's Statement on Immigration Raids
June 14, 2007

Correcting an injustice--HB 2284
June 5, 2007

National Missing Children’s Day is Friday, May 25
May 25, 2007

Oregon Budget Surplus is a Forecast, Not a Solution
May 17, 2007

Call to Action: Tax Reform NOW-Don't Leave Salem Without It!
May 4, 2007

1. Senate Rules Committee will hold public hearing on Iraq Memorials
2. Workplace Bullying (SB 1035) hearing held
3. Senator Margaret Carter to speak at Mental Health Caucus April 26
4. Towing reform bills moving
5. Texts of Senate Iraq Memorials

April 23, 2007

1. Senate Bill 2—civil rights bill passes Senate
2. Mental Health Caucus meets Thursday, 8-9 a.m., Rm 343
3. Senate District 23 Town Hall on Revenue Reform this Thursday evening
4. Senate Bill 38 –affordable housing
5. Senate Bill 571—extends smoking ban
6. Joint Committee on Ways and Means schedules hearings in communities
7. Legislative Education Day is April 5 in the State Capitol

March 15, 2007

Resolutions honoring five Oregon transformational leaders on Senate floor April 5
March 15, 2007

1. Senator Gordly’s testimony on Celilo Falls before the Senate Judiciary Committee
2. SCR 10 Mourns the destruction of Celilo Falls
3. SJM 7 Housing restoration at Celilo Village
4. Mental Health Caucus to meet weekly
5. Senator Gordly co-sponsors Health Care Town Hall Saturday March 17

March 9, 2007

2nd Open Letter on the War in Iraq and National Energy Emergency Memorial\
February 16, 2007

Open Letter on the War in Iraq
February 2, 2007

Senator Gordly’s 2007 Legislative and Public Policy Agenda
January 31, 2007

1. Governor Kulongoski orders flags at half staff in memory of Oregon soldier
2. Towing Horror Stories—Part 2
3. Public Hearing on towing issues set before Senate Commerce Committee, January 31

January 26, 2007

Predatory Towing Horror Stories
January 24, 2007

Senior and Disability Caucus Formed
January 23, 2007

Senator Avel Gordly Named to Senior and Disability Caucus
January 18, 2007

1. Senator Gordly’s 2007 Public Policy and Legislative Priorities
2. Senate President announces 2007 Committee assignments

December 20, 2006

Townhall: Senators Take Nonpartisan Approach to Revenue Reform
September 14, 2006

Senate President Peter Courtney's Legislative Update
July 22, 2006

2006 Eastern Oregon Agricultural Tour
June 27, 2006

On the Kicker, Continued…
June 2, 2006

Governor Kulongoski's Kicker Time Out Proposal
June 2, 2006

Open Primary Elections
May 25, 2006

No Human Being is Illegal
March 17, 2006

Gordly Named to Human Services Committee
October 28, 2005

Measure 37 Found Unconstitutional
October 20, 2005

Governor Signs "Aaron's Law"
October 18, 2005

Report of the Senate Interim Task Force on Parental and Family Abductions
August 17, 2005

"Aarons Law" Aims to Curtail Abduction of Children by Parents
August 3, 2005

HB 2485 Methamphetamine Package Floor Speech
July 30, 2005

Senate Passes Comprehensive Reform of "Use of Deadly Force" Policies
July 26, 2005

Senator Gordly Supports School Stability and Investment Proposals
July 7, 2005

State Board Suspends License of Northeast Portland Cemetery Employee for Racist Behavior
July 7, 2005

Oregon State Police Budget in Critical Condition
June 15, 2005

Three Public Safety Budget Bills Pass Senate
June 13, 2005

Senate Senator Gordly Carries Budget Bills on Senate Floor
June 7, 2005

Gordly Attends Release Of Oregon State Hospital Master Plan Phase I Report
May 18, 2005

Governor Signs Bill Expanding Housing Options for Oregonians with Chronic Mental Illness
May 17, 2005

Senate Endorses Creation of Environmental Justice Task Force
May 6, 2005

Senate Committee Approves Expanded Options Program Easing Transition from High School to College
April 11, 2005

Letter to the Editor on Portland schools
March 31, 2005

Public Safety Subcommittee Update March 16, 2005
March 16, 2005

Executive Appointment Vacancies
March 16, 2005

Mental Health Parity Bill Moves Out of Senate Committee
March 10, 2005

Senate Democrats Urge Mental Health Parity
March 9, 2005

Public Safety Subcommittee Update March 4, 2005
March 4, 2005

Public Safety Budget Committee to Hold Community Hearing at Coffee Creek Facility Tuesday, February 8th
February 07, 2005

Senator Gordly’s speech on tax reform
Head Start Rally, Capitol Steps

February 03, 2005

Senator Gordly’s Governor's Marketplace keynote: The Road to Success
January 06, 2005

Senator Avel Gordly Named to Legislature's Budget Committee
December 21, 2004

Senator Avel Gordly Calls For Independent Investigation of Oregon State Hospital
September 24, 2004

We Need To Know Our History
Cultural Competence in Education

March 22, 2004

An Open Letter to the Oregon Congressional Delegation
February 13, 2004

Oregon Farm Workers to Receive Basic Human Rights Starting February 1
January 26, 2004

Sen. Avel Gordly Named To Legislature’s Interim Emergency Board
November 5, 2003

Sen. Avel Gordly Presents Her Tax Reform Plan to House Revenue Committee
click here to read related House Revenue Committee testimony

Historic Oregon Civil Rights Law Commemoration Friday
June 9, 2003

Portland Community Leaders And Activists Meet With Legislators On Reforms Following Kendra James Shooting
June 3, 2003

Senator Gordly: Oregon is in a Moral Crisis
May 16, 2003

Senator Avel Gordly Vows to Fight Cuts with Revenue
May 2, 2003

Labor Leader Cesar Chavez Honored By Senate
April 23, 2003

Remarks on SB 1: on Parity
April 3, 2003

Senate Panel Hears Bill Requiring Mental Health Parity in Health Insurance
April 3, 2003

NAMI Remarks/NAMI Day at the Capitol
February 27, 2003

Senator Avel Gordly Addresses Mental Health Group at Capitol
February 27, 2003

Sen. Avel Gordly Tours Mobile Classroom
February 17, 2003

East Central Portland Legislators Hold a Joint Town Hall
February 14, 2003

Free and Low-Cost Prescription Drugs are Available to Oregonians Losing State Services Because of
Measure 28’s Defeat

January 30, 2003

Some Free and Low-Cost Prescription Drugs Available to Oregonians Affected by Budget Cuts
Janaury 24, 2003

Remarks on SB 1: on Parity
April 3, 2003

Link to website:


The Oregonian Editorial Board on Senate District 23:

“Cruz…knows the issues well…”

“Sean Cruz, who has served as (Senator) Gordly's legislative aide and chief of staff for the past five years…is qualified for the job. He knows the issues that are important in the district, and he certainly knows how things get done in the Legislature. Most notably, he persuaded Gordly to push legislation, called ‘Aaron's Law,’ that gives families tools to punish parents for the crime of child abduction. “


Ridenbaugh Press on Senate District 23:

As in many of these primary districts, issues here aren’t distinctly philosophical: The 23rd is a solidly liberal Democratic district, and both contenders fit well within that framework.

But they are insiders of two distinctly different stripes.

Dingfelder, a four-term state representative from this area, would have to be considered the establishment choice, getting the larger share of endorsements and contributions.

But Cruz is not an outsider, either; he is retiring Senator Gordly’s Chief of Staff, is well informed, has her support and the support of her backers.

His campaign has hit rough patches but may also be more interesting to some of the primary voters.

Cruz is edgier; Dingfelder more easy-going. You have to figure the edge is with Dingfelder, but bear in mind that central Portland doesn’t always go the conventional route.

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