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To my way of thinking there’s a startling disconnect between the sweet-faced lady who moved to our area for her health in 2015 and the nauseating political ad that polluted my living room during the recent primary election.

Teri Grier has been running for statewide office since she arrived. I have some advice for her. Attempting to smear Caddy McKeown’s reputation by employing Arizona tea-party tactics is not a good idea. The fair minded voters of the Coos County area expect more from anyone asking to be sent to Salem to represent our interests.

Caddy has worked diligently to improve the lives of our youth. She was a member Coos Bay School Board for 11 years. She also served on the board of the Belloni Ranch, a non-profit organization that provides residential treatment and community based services for dependent and delinquent adolescents. As a member of the Board of Commissioners of the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay, she helped restore rail service to our region, boosting employment and significantly reducing transportation costs for local businesses. In 2012 she was elected to the Oregon House of Representatives. She serves on the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and the Committee on Trade and Economic Development. She’s co-chair of the Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation and Modernization. Under her leadership the committee designed an impressive statewide transportation package. As a member of the Oregon Coastal Caucus, Caddy works closely with community leaders and legislators of both parties to bring a more powerful voice to Salem.

Instead of spending the money of her out-of-state financial backers on more adolescent attack ads, Ms. Grier should spend the time to make a positive difference in our community. It takes sustained hard work to build a reputation as an effective leader who fully comprehends the needs and preferences of our people. Ms. Grier needs to understand that there are no shortcuts to earning the respect of south coast voters.

Fred Betz

North Bend

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