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By now, your ballot should have arrived in the mail. Please fill it out and make your voice heard. You can mail your ballot in or drop it off at the following nearby locations:

Elections Office (Service Center East Building) 3700 SW Murray Blvd Beaverton, OR 97005

Beaverton Library 12375 SW 5th St Beaverton, OR 97005

Garden Home Library 7475 SW Oleson Rd Portland, OR 97223

Ballots are due by November 4th at 8:00pm!

Yes on Measure 86:

I support Measure 86 because it improves access to higher education for middle and low-income Oregon students. Measure 86 helps us cover the postsecondary "needs gap" for Oregon students by creating a permanent fund to finance student assistance.

By making higher education a reality for more Oregonians we can: 1) Maintain a highly skilled workforce for Oregon. 2) Raise per capita income and lower student debt. 3) Lower public services costs.

The need for Measure 86 is great. Oregon is 47th in the country in higher education support and 43rd in the country for financial aid to college students. As David Sarasohn puts it, “By state Treasurer Ted Wheeler's calculation, Oregon gives out one-seventh the financial aid per capita as South Carolina.

South. Carolina.”

We can and we should do better. Measure 86 gives us new tools to improve the support we offer to students who need it and it will pay for itself over time. That’s why I support it and encourage you to vote Yes on Measure 86.

Posted on October 10, 2014.

Campaign Updates

Sep. 2 It's That Time of Year Again!
Jun. 9 Save the Date
May. 3 Did you get your ballot yet?
Mar. 13 Short Session & Upcoming Events

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In the News

Sep. 2 Oregonian: Battle at the Ballot Box
Aug. 21 Portland Tribune: My View: Build bridges, but fix rest of infrastructure, too
Jun. 12 Beaverton Valley Times: Oregon must broaden access to higher education
May. 19 KATU: Your Voice, Your Vote
Mar. 10 The Oregonian: Bonamici, Read and Unger at upcoming Washington County Education Forum
Mar. 6 The Oregonian: Business Expo West speakers announced

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Tobias Read and his wife, Heidi

Tobias Read has always been focused on the future, on what our community — and our state — will look like in the long run. And with the lingering recession and the challenges it's created for our economy, we need his unique brand of long-run thinking now more than ever before. Because the decisions we make today on reviving our economy will shape our state for years to come. Learn more about Tobias.

What will Oregon look like in ten years?

What kind of state will our children inherit from us?

Can we honor Oregon's heritage and traditions while readying ourselves for the future?

For me, answering those questions today means that Oregon will be an even better place to live tomorrow.

I try to approach my job as your State Representative by thinking about the long run, putting long-term priorities over short-term political gain. I want to choose innovation and collaboration rather than obstruction.

I appreciate the support and direction you've given me and hope to be able to continue to work for you.