Time to Unite

By Traci Hensley
Clackamas County Republican Party Chair

Oregon City, OR – Our 2018 Primary Elections are over. We now have an excellent slate of nominees that will represent the Republican Party well in November, from national, state to local offices.

I would like to congratulate and thank every candidate who stepped up, putting their personal and professional lives on hold, as they spent countless hours reaching out to the voters of Oregon. Whether or not they prevailed, each candidate gave of themselves, putting their personal lives on display for all to see.

This year, most races ran civilly and smoothly. Other races appeared to have divided our Party in Oregon as the candidates’ loyal supporters became overzealous promoting and defending their candidates. As Ron Le Blanc, the CCRP Past Chair put it, “2018 Oregon Primary is like a family squabble, fighting over a family inheritance.” The ballots have been counted, and the estate has been settled.

It is time to stop the squabble. We must come together…WE MUST UNITE! These words from the bible describes it best, “And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand”, Mark 3:25. As a party, we must not be divided if we are to succeed in November.

Our goal as the Republican Party is to defeat Kate Brown by electing a Republican Governor in her place, and to take back control of the state senate and house. The only way this is accomplished is as a united Republican Party, undivided, all supporting our Republican Nominee. Our personal values may not align with this person, but we must set aside our differences to stand united.

I challenge each nominee who won in the Primary to offer an olive branch to their competitors. I challenge each competitor to accept that olive branch and publicly endorse and rally their supporters to likewise back our Republican Nominees. We must publicly come together.

If we use the same energy and emotion to help our Republican Nominees that was used in the primaries, we can win the Governor’s seat, as well as take back control of the state senate and house.

The Clackamas County Central Committee is the highest party authority in the county and has sole authority to adopt rules/resolutions for all matters of the Clackamas County Republican Party.

Wednesday 05/3162018 6:00 AM PT
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