"Land use will continue to be one of highest-stakes and most divisive issues with which Oregonians grapple. Helm has represented developers, worked as a staff lawyer for Metro for six years and now serves as a land-use hearings officer all over the state. He’s calm, balanced and brings a particular skill (his expertise in land-use law) the Legislature needs."
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The values that matter
Growing up in Oregon, I learned early on what makes this state special: our commitment to community, our dedication to preserving our natural spaces for future generations, and shared belief that we can make things better.
I was reminded of this last weekend as Governor John Kitzhaber invoked Ken Kesey’s great phrase, “Oregon is the citadel of the spirit.”
Since launching this campaign, I’ve been incredibly gratified about those stepping up to support me: teachers, nurses, and local leaders from across our community.
I’m being supported by workers pushing for the right to take earned sick leave to care of a sick family member.
Based on my record, I’ve been endorsed by the Oregon League of Conservation Voters. They know my commitment to work with them remove toxic chemicals from our children’s toys, as well as standing up to the coal industry who wants to use our roads, rails, and rivers to export their dirty fuel.
I’ve got the support of the men and women on the front lines of health care, working to care for the sick and elderly.
The stakes in this race couldn’t be higher. House District 34 has been home to progressive champions like Brad Avakian, Suzanne Bonamici, and Chris Harker.
The upcoming primary will determine who represents this district and fights for us in Salem.
But I can’t do it alone. I need help from folks like you if we are to get our message out and show why this race matters.
Please make a contribution of $34 today to help support our campaign. I truly appreciate your help.
Also, I wanted to let you know that Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian and his wife Debbie are hosting an event for me at their house this Sunday from 3-5. If you’d like to attend, please email Miles on my campaign at miles @ kenhelm.com.
Thank you for your support!
P.S. The next few days are critical to finalizing our communications budget. A contribution of $34 today will make a big difference in achieving victory!
Coming to a Ballot Near You
If you haven’t heard already, I wanted to share some big news: I’m running for office.
This isn’t a plunge I took lightly. But after talking it over with Mariah and the kids, I knew it was the right decision.
There is too much at stake when it comes to our local economy, our schools, and our natural spaces. And you know that I never shy away from a fight.
That is why I jumped in and have been working nonstop.
I have been overwhelmed by the response from the community. Teachers, nurses, the OLCV, and even Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian have pledged their support.
With just 32 days until the election, time is short and I need your help.
Facebook has become part of the next generation of campaign tools. Not only can we connect with voters, we are able to show your friends I am endorsed by someone they trust: you.
Please take a moment and “like” my Facebook page right now. It will help you stay up to date on the campaign and will be a big help to me.
There are also a number of volunteer opportunities coming up, please email Miles at email@example.com to get involved.
Thanks for any support you can offer in the coming month. It will be a busy time, but I also know we’ll look back and see that it was worth it.
P.S. Don’t forget to go Like me on Facebook today, every day until the election counts!
"Attorney Ken Helm entered the race late but he’s now setting the pace in fundraising. Helm’s campaign has $32,850 on hand. Education consultant Brian Tosky is in second place with $8,492 and legal investigator Jason Yurgel is in third with $2,523."
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