Endorsement: Elect Justin Hwang as successor to Sen. Monnes Anderson

Endorsement: Elect Justin Hwang as successor to Sen. Monnes Anderson

Justin Hwang, a candidate for Oregon’s Senate District 25, is an entrepreneur and a Korean immigrant, which makes him an excellent choice in the November election. JUSTIN HWANG Something has to change in Oregon politics if any hope remains of slowing or preventing a train wreck created by an imbalance of leadership. Oregonians are bearing witness to the consequences of what happens when one political party holds all of the best cards in the poker game of politics. In 2020, the Oregon Senate is controlled by Democrats with 18 of 30 members. The Democrats also hold the majority in the House with 38 of 60 representatives. Plus, the Democrats hold the governor’s office, and the offices of attorney general, labor commissioner and state treasurer. When that happens — regardless of which party is in power — it creates a vacuum favoring one side of the electorate, and simultaneously shrugs off the interests of hundreds of thousands of Oregonians. If you’re one of those on the majority side, it’s easy to turn a blind eye to the consequences, even though roughly half of your fellow Oregonians are coping with disappointment, disillusionment and anger. Such an imbalance leads to heavy-handed passage of legislation. It’s this type of disparity that caused Oregon’s Republican senators to stand up and walk out on the Legislative Assembly, as they did twice in 2019. Right or wrong, the GOP deemed the walkout as the only tactic left when it was clear that Democrats had no intention […]

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