Letters to Editor

Letters to Editor

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Support McLeod-Skinner

The Bulletin, November 2, 2018:
“Jamie will bring a fresh perspective and is committed to speaking for all people in her district. She is emphasizing health care in her campaign because the Republican majority, including Walden, will continue to work to take away health care for many of the most in need.”
Linda Williams, Bend

Elect McLeod-Skinner

The Bulletin, November 2, 2018:
“Congratulations Republicans! Your massive tax cuts have resulted in the biggest budget deficit in the last six years. Could that be because corporate taxes have dropped by 30 percent? But now you want to blame the Democrats because they won’t go along with your plan to cut Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Shame on you. I urge everyone to vote Democrat, beginning with Jamie McLeod-Skinner for United States Congress.”
Bob Wilson, Redmond

Vote for McLeod-Skinner

The Bulletin, November 2, 2018:
“Jamie has gone to the lengths to make sure that housing in Oregon is affordable; she’s been working to make good and sustaining jobs, and she’s been working with communities to better economic growth. Jamie has been pushing to make Oregon a better and just country Jamie will make the change that Oregon has needed for a long time. I vote for Jamie.”
Anthony Leitzel, La Pine

Jamie has my vote

Ashland Daily Tidings, November 1, 2018:
“What was Jamie’s role in Bosnia and Kosovo? With a background in civil engineering and regional planning, Jamie re-constructed and managed water programs. Water is a concern in our congressional district. Jamie’s experience and water-law degree qualify her to represent us in Congress.”
Bob Morse, Ashland

Vote for McLeod-Skinner

Herald and News, November 1, 2018:
“Jamie is a moderate, who will bring a bipartisan approach to a Congress divided along unproductive partisan lines. Jamie is a listener and a consensus builder, who will seek common-sense people-oriented solutions for issues that divide our district. Jamie will be committed and objective in fulfilling the responsibility of Congress to provide checks and balances to presidential powers. […] Jamie recognizes that the US Armed Forces play a key role in geopolitical balance and national security, and that our veterans should be honored through actions comprehensively responsive to their needs.”
Antonio Baptista, Mount Hood

McLeod-Skinner for Congress

The Bulletin, October 31, 2018:
“I urge everyone to support Jamie McLeod-Skinner. She will pay attention to the people of District 2, not numerous special interest groups. She will seek solutions with our help.”
Mark Dennett, La Pine

Vote for McLeod-Skinner

The Bulletin, October 31, 2018:
“I’ve watched Walden repeatedly misrepresent his record and vote in favor of corporations and big business, and against ordinary citizens, for too long. It’s time to vote for a candidate who will actually work for her constituents. Vote for Jamie McLeod-Skinner, a candidate who will be honest with us!”
Charlie Vial, Bend

Jamie McLeod-Skinner Can Win

The Source, October 31, 2018:
“Many people across Oregon’s CD-02 believe Greg Walden has turned his back on them. He has voted against healthcare programs, for massive tax breaks for the wealthiest 1 percent, against net neutrality, and for slashing the EPA budget. He has refused to talk directly with constituents and has catered to the interests of powerful lobbyists and mega-corporations. Jamie McLeod-Skinner, on the other hand, has talked with people from every part of our congressional district and is committed to addressing their concerns in Congress.”
Mary Love, Bend

Vote for change

Hood River News, October 31, 2018:
“Several years ago, I met Greg in his DC office — back when he and his staff were still responding to emails and calls. We had a cordial conversation, but even then, he misled me on how he would vote on an issue. Now he doesn’t even respond to calls and messages or show up for meetings, unless you can pay top dollar for a meal or are a lobbyist with campaign funds. That’s not what I was taught were the principles of our representative democracy or what I tried to advocate for in over 20 years of representing our country overseas in the Foreign Service. But only we, the voters, can make a change happen. This is our chance. VOTE!”
Leanne Hogie, Hood River

Healthcare questions

Hood River News, October 31, 2018:
“Walden’s campaign leads the House in contributions from health products and pharmaceutical companies at $513,000 per recent Federal Election Committee data. Walden has no interest in combating the monopoly power that the medical-industrial industry has developed, much less looking for ways to make healthcare delivery more effective or efficient. In fact, he votes consistently to take it away altogether. We need new representation in our district! I voted for Jamie McLeod-Skinner and I hope you do too!”
John Hlavac, Hood River

CHIP history important

Hood River News, October 31, 2018:
“The facts show that Walden voted against reauthorizing CHIP funding during 2007-2017 all but one time, each time putting at risk the healthcare of 8.9 million kids in the U.S. and 120,000 in Oregon. In 2017, he held CHIP funding hostage while trying to bargain for cuts to Medicare and dilution of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), causing interruption of medical services for children and pregnant women covered by CHIP. A few months later, Walden voted in favor of Trump’s rescission bill to cut $7 billion from CHIP. Fortunately, the bill didn’t pass, but Walden’s vote was a clear statement. I want a representative who will be a champion for healthcare and for children. It’s not Walden. I’ll be voting for Jamie.”
Vicki Nunenkamp, The Dalles

Walden not helping

Hood River News, October 31, 2018:
“It’s time to step up and make a change. Vote for Jamie McLeod-Skinner for U.S. Congress. She understands that access to affordable healthcare is necessary to overcome the opioid crisis and improve the healthcare system for us all. Jamie knows how to listen to people and has the problem-solving skills and integrity necessary to move this country forward.”
Paul Crouch, Hood River

Jamie for our health

Hood River News, October 31, 2018:
“Although Walden is clearly not on our side, Jamie McLeod-Skinner is. She will fight for care that is universally accessible and affordable. She will oppose the monopolistic restraints that push prices even higher and prevent us from receiving quality, affordable health care. If you care about your health and that of your family, vote for Jamie!”
Dave Michalek, Hood River

Dining on raw slugs

Hood River News, October 31, 2018:
“Twenty percent or more of us will lose affordable healthcare if Walden has his way. Ill-conceived tariffs hurt farmers and tumble the economy toward recession. A huge, permanent tax cut for people who don’t need or deserve it explodes the national debt, and the budget-busters want to fix their mess by destroying Medicare and Social Security.”
Jim Appleton, Mosier

Voting Jamie this time

Hood River News, October 31, 2018:
“Jamie McLeod-Skinner’s campaign has raised more than $1 million through individual donations — actual people, actual voters — and has accepted $0 from corporate PACs. That says what I need to know. I voted for Greg in the past, but not this year! Jamie has my vote.”
Debby Chenoweth, Hood River

Picture sealed it

Ashland Daily Tidings, October 31, 2018:
“I will never forget the scene — our Rep. Greg Walden standing with Paul Ryan on the House floor, smiling and gloating over what he had just done —taken away affordable health care from 25 million Americans. That picture told me all that I needed to know. Vote for Jamie McLeod-Skinner for Congress!”
Tom Dimitre, Ashland

Vote McLeod-Skinner

The Bulletin, October 30, 2018:
“Greg Walden must go. Our family had long been Republican. My wife’s late uncle, in fact, was the head of the Republican Party in Oregon. As the GOP, the ‘party of traditional family values,’ became increasingly deranged, we left it. Our local iteration of that derangement is Congressman Walden, a supine abettor of the abomination who occupies the White House and who has caused incalculable damage to our country. Walden is not in the mold of such Oregon politicians as Wayne Morse, Mark Hatfield, Tom McCall or Wendell Wyatt, who had integrity. He must go.”
Dr. Gary Leiser, Sisters

Who does he really represent anyway?

Wallowa County Chieftain, October 30, 2018:
“[Greg Walden] hides from his constituents and is afraid to hold a public town hall. He has forgotten who he is supposed to be representing. He is out of step with Oregonians. Vote for Jamie McLeod-Skinner. She will represent those of us in Oregon.”
Mark Lacey, Joseph

Vote for McLeod-Skinner

The Bulletin, October 30, 2018:
“It is time to end our relationship with Rep. Greg Walden. It is time to put our trust in Jamie McLeod-Skinner, who has traveled 40,000 miles over the last 16 months listening to the concerns of people from every nook and cranny of Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District. It is time to vote for Jamie McLeod-Skinner to represent us in Congress. She will keep her promises.”
Mary Love, Bend

Walden didn’t do enough

The Bulletin, October 30, 2018:
“My husband and I lived together for 14 years before we got married after he learned he had cancer and unless something radical happens like a court win or legislative intervention, widows like myself get zero from the VA and we fought for our spouses’ benefits equally as hard as they fought for freedom. In November, send a clear message to Greg: ‘Sorry but we’ve had enough.’ Vote for Jamie McLeod-Skinner; she knows about this problem and is willing to work on getting it corrected. Jamie cares about the people of the 2nd Congressional District.”
Barbara Ann Wright-Dunagan, Pendleton

We need Jamie

Ashland Daily Tidings, October 27, 2018:
“We need a representative who will show up in our neighborhoods, hold town hall meetings, listen to our concerns and act in our best interests. We need a representative who is not afraid to meet with us face-to-face. We need a representative who is not owned by big business.”
Lori Taft Sours, Talent

Pharma money raises questions about Walden

Baker City Herald, October 26, 2018:
“It’s time to free Congress from corporate control. Unfortunately, Greg Walden works for his corporate sponsors — not for his Eastern Oregon constituents. This is why I’m voting for Jamie McLeod-Skinner for Congress.”
Bill Whitaker, La Grande

Support science funding

Ashland Daily Tidings, October 25, 2018:
“I have been married to two wonderful women, both of whom struggled with cancer and benefited greatly from recent scientific breakthroughs. Truly, the future brightens for all when we support the dedication and hard work of our most talented scientists. Please vote for leaders who value science and support increasing non-defense funding for research, including Jamie McLeod-Skinner.”
Jim Bronson, Ashland

McLeod-Skinner listens to voters in the Second District

Baker City Herald, October 24, 2018:
“Mr. Walden receives millions of dollars from political action campaigns and pharmacy corporations outside of our voting district. Those corporations have his attention. Not us. Jamie’s donations average $100 from in-state contributors, like you and me.”
Cathy Webb, La Grande

McLeod-Skinner the candidate I’ve been waiting for

Baker City Herald, October 24, 2018:
“I have waited for a candidate like Jamie McLeod-Skinner for 50 years. She is smart and compassionate. She cares about the issues I care about — including health care for all, social justice, education, global warming and water quality.”
Pat Duffey, La Grande

Vote Jamie McLeod-Skinner for U.S. Rep., 2nd District

Source Weekly, October 24, 2018:
“As a self-described ‘rural Democrat,’ McLeod-Skinner takes a balanced approach to issues including gun control, supporting waiting periods before gun sales, universal background checks, and regulating bump stocks, while at the same time being in favor of limiting military assault-style weapons. She’s a strong advocate for more resources and advocacy for veterans. She supports a reversal of tariffs that threaten the ability of farmers and ranchers to run a thriving business. She’s also in favor of expanding community colleges and offering tuition breaks to graduates who work in public service. We believe her thoughtful, moderate, accessible approach to some of the most pressing issues facing the district make her a strong contender against the entrenched politician that Walden has become. Constituents in this vast district deserve an advocate who is in touch with their needs. Vote Jamie McLeod-Skinner for Congressional District 2.”
Editorial Opinion, Bend Source Weekly

Walden has had 20 years to help Lake County

Herald and News, October 23, 2018:
“I voted for Greg Walden in the past. I will not ever again. I have been researching what he and his buddies have done, what they want, and what they say they will do about their version of health care, insurance, Medicare, and beyond, including Social Security. Extremely wealthy persons don’t understand or worry much about those things. Walden seems to be looking for ways to ingratiate himself with the current administration, most persons of which are extremely wealthy. He is involved with and is helping to rewrite health care provisions that will adversely affect most of us in our country.”
Bonnie Jean Gonzales, Lakeview

Access to affordable health care a prime concern

Herald and News, October 23, 2018:
“I urge voters to consider Jamie McLeod-Skinner for U.S. representative. She has extensively crisscrossed our immense district, listening to our concerns and exchanging ideas grounded in good common sense. She speaks plainly about working across the aisle and I think we need a change in that direction.”
R. Rand Hale, MD, Klamath Falls

Corporate donations to Walden suspect

Herald and News, October 21, 2018:
“Unlike Greg Walden, Jamie McLeod-Skinner will work for the residents of CD-2 and not mega-corporations and outside interests. Jamie’s campaign has raised more than $1 million through individual donations and has accepted $0 from corporate PACs. I encourage everyone to vote for Jamie McLeod-Skinner this November.”
Adrian Jones, Bend

Jamie and Goliath

Hood River News, October 20, 2018:
“Incumbent Representative Walden’s modus operandi is not to speak to constituents who disagree with his positions; he has held very few Town Halls, preferring the D.C. watch and small groups. Our Democratic candidate, Jamie McLeod-Skinner, an energetic, savvy and moderate politician, has, in her campaign across the district, exhibited only willingness to listen to all constituents. An experienced politician, Jamie has shown us how to conduct a first-class campaign.”
Commander Beth F. Coye, U.S. Navy (ret.), Ashland


Hood River News, October 20, 2018:
“Walden gamed the market with his new regulated pricing scheme that thousands of his constituents can’t afford. The real beneficiaries are the health care insurers and providers — his contributors. His bill lowered providers’ financial risk and increased profits.”
Victor Pavlenko, Hood River

Walden’s rhetoric on veterans doesn’t match record

Baker City Herald, October 19, 2018:
If you follow Representative Greg Walden on Facebook or read his e-newsletter you might think that he supports veterans. If you review his voting record you will see that he consistently votes against the best interest of vets. Veterans in our district are served by 3 of the lowest rated medical centers in the U.S. It’s a broken system that Walden has failed to adequately address in his 20 years in Congress.
Mike Blank, Baker City

Be like Jamie — show up and vote

The Observer, October 17, 2018:
“Jamie’s message is clear: people over party; support Oregon’s values of creating jobs and a livable wage; access to affordable health care for all; support veterans; stewardship of our natural resources; education without debt; create and enforce just laws; build strong communities; and protect our ‘Dreamers.'”
Lillian Koppelman, Medford

McLeod-Skinner is best bet to get Walden out of Washington

The Observer, October 17, 2018:
“She has repeatedly demonstrated a strong willingness to maintain open communication with her constituents, in sharp contrast to Greg Walden, whose infrequent number of town halls has been noted by his hometown of Hood River.”
John Pascale, Ashland

Walden’s actions speak louder than words

The Observer, October 17, 2018:
“Does Mr. Walden really think we don’t remember he spearheaded the attempt to kill the Affordable Care Act? One-third of his constituents are on the Oregon Health Plan and many more receive coverage through the Exchange. He talks about protecting us but his actions do the opposite — crafting legislation and voting in line with the wealthy 1 percent and huge pharmaceutical PACs. He is lying to us in the 2nd Congressional District — it is time to put Pinocchio to rest.”
Fuji Kreider, La Grande

Walden nowhere to be found in district

Herald and News, October 18, 2018:
“‘Greg Walden has been our elected official for 19 years and for many of those years he was thought of as a moderate Republican, working to find a middle ground; to find solutions for our communities.’ But that Greg Walden has left the building. The sad fact is he’s not there for anyone these days. Our congressman needs to be repealed and replaced with someone willing to fight for the needs of the people and the communities in our district.”
Howard Paine, Chiloquin

I’m supporting McLeod-Skinner

Baker City Herald, October 17, 2018:
“‘Jamie McLeod Skinner receives contributions primarily from her supports, not from big Pharma (0 percent) and energy-related companies (less than 1 percent). For two years Jamie has traveled in the District, meeting citizens and listening to their concerns. She will work with her peers in Congress to bridge differences to find solutions to our problems and not push agenda of the Party or wealthy donors.”
Karen Haines, Baker City

Voting for strength and heart

The Nugget Newspaper, October 16, 2018:
“McLeod-Skinner is a hard worker and a big listener. Experienced but humble, she has the courage to stand up for what’s fair. She’s not perfect-but, for a refreshing change, she doesn’t pretend to be. She’s just trying to make things better for everyday people in Oregon. People who are struggling with rising healthcare and housing costs. People searching for the best in themselves and others, even if we don’t all agree on everything. People who are willing to take on the serious work of rebuilding our democracy. People who still believe in America. I’m one of those people. I’m voting for Jamie McLeod-Skinner.”
T.Lee Brown, Sisters

The right stuff

Hood River News, October 17, 2018:
“Finally, we have an experienced, highly credible challenger to get Mr. Walden out of office and replace him with someone who actually wants to represent us! Someone who will listen to OUR needs. Vote in our favor. I encourage you to vote for Jamie McLeod-Skinner.”
Debbie Zoe Kelly, Hood River


Hood River News, October 17, 2018:
“Friends tell me that they remember when Greg Walden really worked hard for his constituents. It looks like he still does, but his constituents have changed; they are no longer the voters and residents of his district. Mr. Walden’s constituents have become the fat-cats, insurance companies, media monopolies and energy giants that send him money. Jamie McLeod-Skinner will work to assure adequate health care for children, the elderly, and families. Vote in November.”
Richard Withers, Hood River

Check record

Hood River News, October 17, 2018:
“During the recent debate in Bend between Congressman Greg Walden and Jamie McLeod-Skinner, Walden claimed one of his accomplishments is bringing down the cost of pharmaceuticals. Have you seen the price of your meds go down recently? Me neither. And given Walden’s financial support from the pharmaceutical industry (‘Big Pharma’) and his consistent voting record in its favor, it’s not likely those costs will be coming down anytime soon.We’ll do better with honesty and a commitment to work for District 2 constituents rather than corporate donors. We’ll do better with Jamie McLeod-Skinner.”
Rhonda Starling, Mosier

Vote is voice

Hood River News, October 17, 2018:
“Jamie McLeod-Skinner’s message is clear. She is loyal to the communities in District 2, not corporations. On her website and in the Voters’ Pamphlet, you can see how her focus on community values translates into a representative in Congress who will work for us. If you really want your vote to matter and your voice to be heard, vote for Jamie McLeod-Skinner to represent you in Congress.”
Beverly Sherrill, The Dalles

Not safe

Hood River News, October 17, 2018:
“Republicans in Congress have also been clear about their desire to slash Social Security and Medicare after the elections. Rep. Steve Stivers, chair of the National Republican Congressional Committee, stated recently the government needs to cut spending on social programs, including Social Security and Medicare, because of the now gigantic federal deficit. The largest part of that deficit is due to the tax cuts for the rich passed by Walden and friends last year. No, I’m not feeling safe and secure, and few of us are. Walden has undermined our safety and security with damaging policies by consistently voting against our needs. Leaving him in office will bring more of the same. I’m voting for Jamie McLeod-Skinner.”
Steven Castles, Mosier

Follow money

Hood River News, October 17, 2018:
“So Greg, I’ve voted for you in the past, but this is it. You say you are working for Oregonians … sorry, I don’t buy it. Last I checked, 80 percent of your campaign support comes from out of district, and a lot of it comes from insurance PACs and drug company PACs. Most people work for the people who pay them. Mr. Walden is following the money, I choose not to. I’m voting for Jamie McLeod Skinner, who isn’t supported by PACs and who’s spending time with everyone in my district, not just the people who agree with her.”
Greg Crafts, Hood River

Walden out of touch with constituents; elect McLeod-Skinner

Baker City Herald, October 15, 2018:
“Greg Walden has veered sharply away from the average Oregonian in this, his tenth term as our U.S. Representative. In a rare, televised debate with challenger Jamie McLeod-Skinner on Oct. 5, Walden clearly showed just how out of touch he has become. It’s time for a change.”
Marshall McComb, Baker City

McLeod-Skinner, Walden and guns’ who has the best record?

Herald and News, October 15, 2018:
“I am a long-time member of a central Oregon shooting range who knows the difference between a .308 and a .357 as well as the importance of Second Amendment rights.

I have been impressed with Jamie McLeod-Skinner running for Congress. She takes a sensible approach to gun safety. Jamie supports waiting periods, universal background checks and only favors additional regulations of things such as bump stocks. Does a hunter really need 5.56mm NATO FMJ ammunition to shoot a deer? No, but Jamie has no problem with your double-stack 9mm.

Greg Walden, on the other hand, seems to have drunk the NRA Kool-Aid. Heads up Remington 700 owners: Do you know he voted against allowing simple negligence lawsuits against gun manufacturers for design defects (HR1927, 2016)? That he voted to ban scientific research by the National Science Foundation on the causes of gun violence (HR3293, 2016)? That he voted against background checks at gun shows (HR2122, 1999)? And he even voted against requiring safety locks with new gun sales (HR2122, 1999)?

It is time to have a member of Congress with a pragmatic approach to gun safety, not someone who cries Second Amendment at any proposal for anything related to gun safety. Such extremism only adds to the current political divisiveness in our country.

As a gun owner I will be voting for Jamie McLeod-Skinner. If you like her ideas on health care, education, jobs and the environment vote for her, too. But you don’t need to worry about your Second Amendment rights.”
James MacAfee, Bend

McLeod-Skinner is the healthy choice for Congress

Bend Bulletin, October 13, 2018:
“Our health care system is beyond tweaking: we need a bold new design that offers quality and affordability. Only one of the candidates seems to comprehend this: Jamie McLeod-Skinner. I’m going to vote for her.”
Daniel Murphy, Redmond

McLeod-Skinner won

Bend Bulletin, October 12, 2018:
“Jamie’s challenge to Congressman Walden at the Chief Joseph Days parade (and a lot of persistence) got him to show up on Oct. 5. After watching the debate, I understand why he was so reluctant to participate.”
Adrian Jones, Bend

Working for who?

Hood River News, October 13, 2018:
“I have to laugh whenever I see Congressman Greg Walden’s billboards announcing that he is ‘working for us.’ Walden chaired the House Committee that voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, including defunding Planned Parenthood. If his bill had passed, more than 400,000 low-income Oregonians would have lost their health care. I fail to see how that would have ‘worked for us.'”
Tracie Hornung, Parkdale

Firearm safety

Hood River News, October 13, 2018:
“In the Oct. 5 Greg Walden/Jamie McLeod Skinner debate, Walden boasted about ‘fixing’ a problem responsible for a Texas church shooting last year. The shooter had been convicted by court martial of domestic violence, but the Air Force failed to send this information to the nation’s instant background check system (NICS). He shouldn’t have been able to purchase his gun, but he was, and many died. Walden voted in favor of bipartisan H.R. 1625 this year. He and other Republicans hail the bill as their great contribution to gun safety, but the two main points of the bill (the NICS and the National Violent Death Reporting System) were already law. H.R. 1625 did provide additional funding for them, but it’s a stretch for Walden to boast about his ‘fix.'”
Sheila Gallagher, Mosier

Encouraged by signs supporting McLeod-Skinner for Congress

Baker City Herald, October 12, 2018:
“Jamie recognizes that we need to serve our veterans as they have served us. She is committed to accessible health care, water for our ranching and farming families, and providing tuition-free college or trade school in exchange for voluntary public service. Walden persists in fueling divisiveness, but Jamie McLeod-Skinner believes in ‘people before party.’ Good ideas can come from both sides of the aisle. ‘Government needs to know when to help out, and when to get out of the way.'”
Kata Bulinski, Baker City

Vote our values

Ashland Daily Tidings, October 12, 2018:
“I’m voting Democrat myself. Remember, in the 2016 election, only 43 percent of the population turned out. If you don’t want to be ruled by a minority, paid for by an elite, please vote. And by the way, go Jamie McLeod-Skinner, go!”
Tod Davies, Ashland

Voters won’t forget Walden’s vote against pre-existing coverage protection

East Oregonian, October 11, 2018:
“Mr. Walden pays lip service to his constituents and is rarely seen in the district. He attempts to make the residence of the district believe that he is working for us, but this is just a sham. He has never voted for a middle class tax cut and prides himself on being a fiscal conservative, yet he readily voted for a tax bill that adds $1.5 trillion to an already staggering national debt and offers significant tax relief to only a small percentage of the residents in our district.”
Mark Petersen, Pendleton

Voters won’t forget Walden’s vote against pre-existing coverage protection

East Oregonian, October 11, 2018:
“Does Mr. Walden really think his constituents don’t remember that he has tried on many occasions to eliminate those protections? Does he think that just because he has failed in his attempts (so far), that we’ll give him a pass? We support Jamie McLeod-Skinner.”
Shirley and Martin Westfall, Pendleton

Vote for McLeod-Skinner

Bend Bulletin, October 11, 2018:
“We have career politicians such as Greg who seem focused on simply staying elected by appealing to his base and ‘being a nice guy.’ As a surgeon, it was clear that the Affordable Care Act was flawed, but I was seeing patients that were able to get their cancer care when they previously could not. There were many more patients getting cancer care at the right time. Since Greg was from Oregon, I previously thought he would have constructive input yet he seemed to lead the charge to eliminating the ACA with nothing to replace it.”
Dane Moseson, MD, Sunriver

Walden’s policies threaten health care coverage

East Oregonian, October 10, 2018:
“Here in Umatilla County, the effect of this bill would have caused 10,000 area residents to lose their health care. The Mirasol Family Health Center in Hermiston would have had its funding cut. Medicaid expansion is a necessity for the patient base at Good Shepherd Medical Center. Walden’s ACA repeal plan would have significantly disrupted health care services, which is one of the top three sources of employment in Umatilla County.”
Bob and Sue Keys, Hermiston

A congressman who seems to be afraid of his constituents

East Oregonian, October 10, 2018:
“Jamie McLeod-Skinner […] has been parking her camper all over the 2nd District, talking with – and, more importantly, listening to – folks from every walk of life here, from farmers and ranchers in Pendleton to small business owners in John Day. She hears our stories and considers how all stakeholders can be treated fairly in the public arena.

A congressman who seems to be afraid of his constituents cannot effectively represent them. Greg Walden needs to be forced to face his fear of private citizens by being returned to their proud ranks. Elect Jamie McLeod-Skinner to Congress.”
Chris Early, Irrigon

Walden fails to represent

Hood River News, October 10, 2018:
“Mr. Walden does not adequately represent the values and interests which are most important to me. I hope that, beginning in 2019, he will no longer be my elected representative. My vote in three weeks will be for his challenger, Ms. McLeod-Skinner.”
Tina Castañares, Hood River

For McLeod-Skinner

Hood River News, October 10, 2018:
“I applaud congressional candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner for insisting that internet broadband be accessible for rural communities. She’ll fight for net neutrality to encourage business growth and innovation. As Jamie says, if you think the Federal Communications Commission’s repeal of net neutrality — promoted by Rep. Greg Walden — doesn’t have real consequences, think again. Jamie recently wrote on Twitter: ‘Last week, a rural fire department’s data was throttled by Verizon during an active wildfire. Meanwhile, my opponent got $77,500 from Verizon — then led the charge to repeal a free and open internet access.'”
Tom Kaser, Hood River

Time for women

Hood River News, October 10, 2018:
“We do have the power to vote, however, and now is the time to support qualified female candidates. I plan to vote for Jamie McLeod-Skinner for U.S. Congress[…]. These hard working women will work for us all, putting people before party. Let’s envision a more balanced representation and then vote to make it happen.”
Erica Roulier, Hood River

Fight misogyny

Hood River News, October 10, 2018:
“Make this moment meaningful! We must vote against sexism and against the arrogance of entitlement of career politicians. Vote for Jamie McLeod Skinner[…]. Vote for any candidates who care about women and families and healing the wounds of the Senate Kavanaugh hearings.”
Christine Knowles, Hood River

Vote for people who ‘think like mountains’

Herald and News, October 9, 2018:
“Jamie and Taylor were thoughtful as they answered questions. They didn’t evade or refuse any question or comment. Their answers included elements of what may be in our best interests now and also for generations to come, how we can have discussions so we can get along and how we can begin to heal our precious and fragile democracy and take better care of the earth.”
Teresa Rennick, Chiloquin

Vote for McLeod-Skinner

The Bulletin, October 9, 2018:
“Congressman Greg Walden keeps telling us what a great guy he is and how he’s helping out his constituents so much. But he seems to have a blind spot when it comes to taking stands and doing what is morally right. The Trump Administration has a pathological tendency to distort the truth, and yet Congressman Walden is silent. Can’t he recognize a lie when he hears it? It’s time for a change when you don’t have the backbone to stand up for the truth. Vote for Jamie McLeod-Skinner for District 2, and let’s give Greg some time reflect on truth and doing what is moral.”
Dave Stalker, Bend

McLeod-Skinner for Congress

Hermiston Herald, October 9, 2018:
“The present congressman has had 20 years to prove himself to the people, so far he has failed in that endeavor. As President Trump says, let’s clear the swamp. It’s time for a new Congress! Vote Jamie McLeod-Skinner for Congress.”
Janet Beitel, Umatilla

Walden does not protect health care

Wallowa County Chieftain, October 9, 2018:
“I have voted for Greg Walden in the past. But this time I won’t and here’s why: Mr. Walden has said numerous time he supports continued health insurance coverage of pre-existing conditions. Then, in 2017 he backed a bill that would have allowed the dismantling of coverage for pre-existing health conditions.”
Carolyn Wisdom, Enterprise

Walden sold us out

Herald and News, October 6, 2018:
“Why would Mr. Walden be so happy to take health care away from millions of Americans and 64,000 Oregonians from Congressional District 2, you know, his constituents! We don’t know the answer because we’ve never been able to ask Mr. Walden since he seems to have forgotten what a Town Hall meeting is. I wonder if it has anything to do with the $400,000 he’s received from Big Pharma? Jamie McLeod-Skinner believes that care must be available to all in Congressional District 2, that everyone deserves a full range of healthcare choices, and that care should be universally affordable.”
Mike Edwards, Klamath Falls

Vote McLeod-Skinner

The Bulletin, October 6, 2018:
“I feel that our current congressman needs to be replaced with new blood and energy. Jamie seems to be that person. Her education and time in serving other communities has merited our vote. After meeting her this last summer I am very impressed by her ability to listen to our concerns and her commitment to address the issues that confront us. Natural resources, water for our ranchers and farming families, education, housing, health care and certainly education including safety in our schools are all imperative issues. Take time to examine her qualifications, and if you can, meet her. Help me elect her to serving us in Congress. Vote!”
Michael Garcia, Bend

I knew right away

Ashland Daily Tidings, October 4, 2018:
“I met and talked with Jamie McLeod-Skinner between when she arrived and when she spoke. I was immediately at ease as if catching up with an old friend. The last time I tried to talk with Walden, he entered and left through the back door, so as not to have to speak with us. We have important decisions to make. Ashland, consider your vote wisely.”
Douglas Peterson, Medford

Voting for Jamie

Ashland Daily Tidings, October 4, 2018:
“Oregon should be proud to have one of the most functional and cost-saving health care programs in the country. I am happy we have one candidate who tells the truth about health care and its cost to all of us. I’m voting for Jamie!”
Susan Brook, Ashland

A fresh start

Ashland Daily Tidings, October 4, 2018:
“McLeod-Skinner, unlike her opponent, is not beholden to big pharmaceutical or fossil fuel or telecommunication interests. She is available to all Oregonians in District 2, rural and urban, ranchers and students, veterans and retirees. Her energy, dedication, intelligence, preparation, strength, integrity and availability are inspiring and reassuring.”
Selene Aitken, Ashland

Never enough

Hood River News, October 3, 2018:
“It’s time to retire a career politician who’s more at home meeting with lobbyists and captains of industry in the comfort of his Washington, D.C. office than he is in his own district. Let’s elect Jamie McLeod-Skinner on Nov. 6.”
Janette D. Skarda, Hood River

Not voting for a billboard

Hood River News, October 3, 2018:
“Next time I see a big colorful billboard paid for by Walden’s pharmaceutical and healthcare industry buddies, I am going to say to myself, ‘Working for us? No! Working for them.’ This year, I am voting for Jamie McLeod-Skinner, who doesn’t have fancy billboards but who promises to fix our healthcare system, not break it.”
Shannon Nelson-Deighan, Hood River

No help on tariffs

Hood River News, October 3, 2018:
“Rural Oregon voters expected Greg Walden to stand up for them in this trade war, but he has been absent and silent. Jamie McLeod-Skinner is rural and present AND listening. I’m voting for Jamie.”
Vicki Nunenkamp, Hood River

McLeod-Skinner fights for affordable health care

East Oregonian, October 3, 2018:
“Jamie understands that the majority of District 2 wants affordable health care for all its citizens. By contrast, Mr. Walden was one of the authors of the plan to scrap the Affordable Care Act. Had that bill succeeded, 64,000 people in his district would have lost their health care coverage. As a retired RN who worked in case management, I can testify to the good that was coming from the ACA — reduction in ER use, a focus on the whole patient not just a specific disease, and incentives for clinics, hospitals and insurance companies to put an emphasis on education, prevention and personal health management. All these things lead to a healthier, more productive population and a decrease in the cost to taxpayers. Mr. Walden would undo all of that.”
Lezlee Flagg, Pendleton

Walden lied on health care issue

Wallowa County Chieftain, October 2, 2018:
“Not only is he willing to risk the lives of his constituents, he’s willing to lie to their faces about it. How can the citizens of Eastern Oregon be represented in Washington when our representative isn’t truthful and doesn’t respect the lives of his constituents? It’s time for Walden to go. I support Jamie McLeod-Skinner for Oregon’s Second Congressional District.”
Bjorn Hansen, Joseph

Mocha Musings: Time to take the tie-dye out of mothballs

Ashland Daily Tidings, October 1, 2018:
“We have the chance to vote out our current congressman, Greg Walden. (If you want to know who he takes campaign money from, go to opensecrets.org.) We have a chance to elect a woman who has been endorsed by Senators Wyden and Merkley, as well as state Rep. Pam Marsh. Jamie McLeod-Skinner supports affordable, comprehensive healthcare and she believes that climate change is real.”
Susanne Severeid, Ashland

McLeod-Skinner will hold Big Pharma accountable

East Oregonian, September 29, 2018:
“According to his website, Walden has accepted $411,700 in campaign contributions from pharmaceutical companies. Do you really think Walden will work to reduce the cost of prescription medications or hold Big Pharma accountable for large price increases after accepting that much money in campaign contributions? I urge you to vote in the upcoming mid-term elections, and I urge you to vote for Jamie McLeod-Skinner for Congress. It’s time for our district to have a representative who will work for rural Oregonians.”
Karen King, Pendleton

GI Bill was a social program, too

Herald and News, September 28, 2018:
“McLeod-Skinner would like to see free tuition to trade school or college for those who go on to be public school teachers, first responders, or other public service careers as well as veterans. It is a kind of expanded GI Bill. I hope Mr. Beckman Sr. will consider voting for her so others can enjoy the same help he had.”
Emma Rohwer, Klamath Falls

Walden needs to be replaced by McLeod-Skinner

Baker City Herald, September 26, 2018:
“I admit, I’m not too excited about the Democrats in general, but I know I cannot afford the Republicans. Jamie McLeod-Skinner is not a millionaire and not a career politician. She is promising to represent the people of this district and rural values. I’d like to give her a chance. Vote for real representative government, vote for Jamie McLeod-Skinner.”
Barbara O’Neal, Baker City

Skinner is a winner

Ashland Daily Tidings, September 26, 2018:
“She is level-headed and pragmatic. Party does not define her. Her constituency will. Greg Walden has gone AWOL. I think we could find him in the pockets of the pharmaceutical industry. In November please vote for Jamie McLeod-Skinner. Skinner is a winner for Oregon.”
Jennifer Bacon, Ashland

Candidate supports tuition-free college; public service

Herald and News, September 25, 2018:
“If you value our college students’ ability to pay for and receive a meaningful education that will help them go on to be successful, productive members of our community, the choice is clear: vote for Jamie McLeod-Skinner in November.”
Ben Bunting, Klamath Falls

Why is Greg Walden avoiding us?

East Oregonian, September 24, 2018:
“He has been stonewalling Oregonians for the last year and a half. He hasn’t held a public town hall in over 500 days. What is he afraid of exactly? Why doesn’t he want to talk to us?

I do think that there is a good person deep inside Greg Walden. But he’s clearly not here now. Vote for Jamie McLeod-Skinner in November.”
Aaron Rouska, Hermiston

Replace Walden

The Bulletin, September 22, 2018:
“I believe that Jamie McLeod-Skinner provides a refreshing perspective. Her approach emphasizes coverage of pre-existing conditions and improvement of accessibility to health care in rural Oregon. Outside of Bend, services are too often not available, and the distances to the nearest clinic or hospital too far. Jamie understands that access to affordable health care is essential to all Oregonians.”
Marty Dennett, La Pine

Vote McLeod-Skinner

The Bulletin, September 22, 2018:
“People sometime ask me if I really think Jamie can win against the mega-funded Greg Walden. My answer is a resounding ‘Yes,’ not only because I can sense the voter enthusiasm for Jamie, but also because there are so many nonaffiliated, Independent and ‘other party’ voters in our district. This coalition of voters will make the difference in the McLeod-Skinner vs. Walden contest and will give Jamie McLeod-Skinner the margin she needs to defeat Greg Walden in November. This election is not about who has the biggest billboards or the glossiest advertisements; it is about who connects with and has the confidence of the people. When I ask voters, ‘Who will you be voting for in November?’ they enthusiastically reply, ‘Jamie.'”
Mary Love, Bend

Cowardly Walden

Hood River News, September 22, 2018:
“We pay Walden’s salary. We subsidize 72 percent of his and his family’s health insurance. Why should we have to pay to attend a private fundraiser in order to have any form of contact with our U.S. House Representative?”
Jessica Berty, Hood River

Protect Coverage

Hood River News, September 22, 2018:
“Last year, our own Rep. Greg Walden was the chief architect of a plan to kill the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and gut Medicaid and the Oregon Health Plan. Twenty percent of adults in Walden’s district — Southern, Central and Eastern Oregon — rely on Medicaid for healthcare coverage. I am no fan of the Republicans’ repeated assaults on the ACA. If not for the ACA, millions would be unable to afford health insurance, let alone have coverage at all. Jamie McLeod-Skinner, Walden’s opponent, has said that everyone deserves a full range of healthcare choices, and that care must be universally accessible and universally affordable.”
Daniel Fritz, Mosier

Weary of Walden

Hood River News, September 22, 2018:
“In contrast, voting in his opponent, Jamie McLeod-Skinner, means Oregon’s Second District will benefit from representation which brings our vital concerns to the forefront. Jamie’s outlook is clearly broader than Greg’s. She is committed to improving the lives of all rural Americans, in part by finding and working toward common-sense agreement with like- minded Republicans. When push comes to shove, Jamie will represent the interests of the Second District, not party ideology. It pains me that a good man now reliably sides with unpopular, harmful ideology. It’s time for a change. Jamie has my vote.”
Jim Appleton, Mosier

Questions raised

Hood River News, September 22, 2018:
“Over the last 14 months, Jamie McLeod-Skinner has logged over 35,000 miles in her Jeep, crisscrossing District 2, meeting with Republicans, Democrats, local leaders and the rest of us, listening to what we like and dislike about federal programs, what we need from our federal government and what we don’t. That’s probably more time in the district than Mr. Walden has spent in the 20 years since he moved to Washington, D.C. Indeed, the real question Mr. Ebi’s letter raises is whether Greg Walden has lived so long in Washington and the rarified atmosphere of GOP fundraising that he is no longer capable of representing the people of this district.”
Vawter (Buck) Parker, Odell

Mother Nature not happy

Hood River News, September 22, 2018:
“Unfortunately, our current U.S. Representative in Congress is too busy pushing his own pet projects to pay attention to science and reality. Even when our part of the state could benefit from smart legislation, he’s more concerned about pleasing his corporate donors from around the country. We need someone who will truly represent ordinary Oregonians in Congress. Please vote for Jamie McLeod-Skinner for U.S. Congressional District 2 on Nov. 6.”
Nikki Paulson, Hood River

Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid at Risk

East Oregonian, September 22, 2018:
“Jamie McLeod-Skinner promises to protect your Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and access to affordable healthcare. She is hardworking and honest, and will truly represent you and me if elected. Please do your homework on evaluating these two candidates, and consider voting for Jamie.”
David and Viki Lange, Pendleton

Enabling corruption

Hood River News, September 19, 2018:
“We in the U.S. clearly need wide-ranging anti-corruption legislation such as S.3357, introduced recently in the senate by Senator Elizabeth Warren. We in Oregon District 2 also need a new congressperson, one with integrity and backbone, one who will take both her oath of office and her duty to her constituents seriously. Jamie McLeod-Skinner has my vote for U.S. Congress in November.”
Cindy Allen, Hood River

Walden blowing smoke

Hood River News, September 19, 2018:
“Walden’s Democratic challenger, Jamie McLeod-Skinner, endorses selective thinning that reduces the potential for wildfires while preserving forests for ourselves and future generations. She understands the role of climate change in current wildfire catastrophes and supports regional forest cooperatives that provide crucial input on federal forest management.

Unlike Walden, she is not beholden to the timber industry or any corporation. I’m voting for Jamie McLeod-Skinner this fall, and so should anyone who hopes to have a representative of the people rather than a proponent of big money. It’s time we had a government by the people and for the people. Not for the corporation.”
Allan Rodrick, Hood River

Vote for Jamie

Hood River News, September 19, 2018:
“Jamie McLeod-Skinner is a champion for working families. Congressman Greg Walden does not represent our values, and it’s time for him to retire. We need someone in congress who will protect and expand affordable healthcare for all, not lead the effort to dismantle healthcare access.”
Linda Densmore, The Dalles

‘Vote is voice’

Hood River News, September 19, 2018:
“Our representatives work for us and it is important that they show up, listen, and answer questions. Congressman Greg Walden hasn’t held a town hall in the district for over 500 days. Meanwhile, McLeod-Skinner has been meeting constituents in all corners of the vast district, already putting over 40,000 miles on her Jeep. McLeod-Skinner will show up on Oct. 17, but will Walden?”
Beverly Sherrill, The Dalles

Accessible care needed

Hood River News, September 19, 2018:
“And what was Congressman Walden’s response to all of this? He ducked community forums, where he could have been held accountable for his actions, while continuing to meet with big donors. We deserve better. We need someone like Jamie McLeod-Skinner who will work for affordable and accessible healthcare for all, rather than responding to the commands of DC politicos and corporate donors. Let’s send Jamie to D.C. We need a representative who understands that health and well-being are for everyone.”
Elaine Castles, Mosier

The Walden of 2008 is gone

The Bulletin, September 17, 2018:
“Where has the Walden of 2008 gone? It’s time to recognize the current Rep. Walden for what he is: a useful tool for the Trump and GOP agenda. I’m voting for an alternative. Jamie McLeod-Skinner will truly represent my health care interests, not degrade them.”
John Kloetzel, Ashland

McLeod-Skinner will protect health care

The Bulletin, September 17, 2018:
“Candidate Jamie McLeod-Skinner provides a refreshing difference in perspective. She brings a positive attitude toward fixing what’s not working, and strengthening what is. She understands that access to affordable health care is essential to everybody, not just the wealthy. I’m voting for her and, whether you or somebody you love is going to need health care now or in the future, you should consider doing the same.”
Jenni Peskin, Bend

Jamie Knows Dist. 2

Hood River News, September 15, 2018:
“I was impressed by the number and variety of people who came out to meet her, including orchardists and doctors, retirees and young entrepreneurs. She knows the district; she has traveled and met people everywhere from Malheur to Madras. She is genuine and charming. Jamie’s campaign is low key and it is viable. It’s time to elect a representative who connects with the people who live here. Its time to elect Jamie McLeod-Skinner to represent us in Congress.”
Christine Knowles, Hood River

Time for Change

Ashland Daily Tidings, September 14, 2018:
“Congressional District 2 needs a candidate who will work for us, not for the drug companies or for Trump. Jackson County residents deserve a congressperson who will meet with all of us, not just with country-club friends. It’s been over 500 days since Walden has appeared in person at a town hall in CD2. Stand up for accountability and stand up to bullies. Send McLeod-Skinnner to Washington, D.C.”
Brenda B. Gould, Ashland

Student encourages youth to vote for candidates

Herald and News, September 14, 2018:
“Jamie McLeod Skinner supports student loan debt forgiveness for those who go into public service and tuition-free college or trade education in exchange for voluntary public service. These programs could make a huge difference for young people like me. She is even endorsed by the Oregon Education Association, which represents 44,000 educators working in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 public schools and community colleges.”
Caitlin Budd, Klamath Falls

Letter | Are you ready to vote?

East Oregonian, September 3, 2018:
“Over the past year, Jamie McLeod-Skinner has visited with communities and people all across Oregon’s Congressional District 2. You may have seen her and talked with her. You likely learned that she is a clear and caring communicator. You likely have learned about Jamie’s strong background in public service and her deep respect for all people.”
Patty Jones, Pilot Rock

Letters, Aug. 31

Ashland Daily Tidings, August 31, 2018:
“Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary offers several definitions of “smoke,” and I think this one fits Walden’s newfound concern about our wildfires: “something of little substance, permanence or value”. What has he been doing in Congress for the past five years as these fires have increased in number, frequency and destructiveness in Oregon and elsewhere? Maybe he will tell us at the debate challenge issued by his opponent, Jamie McLeod-Skinner, scheduled for today at noon at the RCC/SOU Higher Education Center in Medford, Room 129B. Or will he be “all smoke and mirrors”? Come and find out.”
Gretchen Thiel, Ashland

Letters to the Editor for Aug. 29, 2018

Baker City Herald, August 29, 2018:
“Jamie will represent us Eastern Oregonians, not the millionaires who pay for Walden. Greg really needs to go home.”
Jane Wentzel, Baker City

Letters, Aug. 24

Ashland Daily Tidings, August 24, 2018:
“While Walden works with lobbyists and his caucus in Congress to repeal ACA support for the Oregon Health Plan and coverage for existing conditions (including smoke-related ones), Jamie McLeod-Skinner is listening to the people here and ready to act toward mitigating the warming and smoke plus keeping our health coverage. What will it be? Hearings, lobbyists or action? Vote for change in November!”
Larry Cooper, Ashland

Guest column: Vote Jamie McLeod-Skinner for Congress

The Bulletin, August 24, 2018:
“If so, please vote in November for the candidate that comes closest to sharing your values and concerns, even if you don’t agree with that person 100 percent on every single issue?

But please don’t sit this one out.

As for me, I will help reduce the number of Republican congressional enablers by voting for Rep. Greg Walden’s exceptionally well-qualified opponent, Jamie McLeod-Skinner.”
Kay Stein, Bend

Letter | McLeod-Skinner recognizes global warming threat

East Oregonian, August 22, 2018:
“One major cause of this warming is mankind’s activities. Thus, we have the theoretical ability to change this scenario. We need our lawmakers to acknowledge this and come up with science based solutions. How do we know which of our District 2 congressional candidates is paying attention and willing to do this? An easy way is to look at their website and see their stance on global warming.

Greg Walden’s website doesn’t mention it. Jamie McLeod-Skinner’s website says global warming is the greatest threat to our environment there is. I’m voting for Jamie.”
John Schwartz, The Dalles

Letters to the Editor, Aug. 18

Hood River News, August 18, 2018:
“How about someone who can represent your needs in Congress rather than someone who first owes allegiance to the pharmaceuticals, health insurance companies, broadcasters, oil and gas industries? Or maybe someone who is informed about the serious impacts of global warming on our rural economy?

Then cast your vote for change in November! Vote for Jamie McLeod-Skinner, an enormously energetic and committed advocate. Don’t let this opportunity go by for a real representative in Congressional District 2. Your vote is critical!”
Diane Bungum, The Dalles


“Jamie McLeod-Skinner is ready to talk about the future of our region, and she believes Walden will live up to his agreement to debate her. I urge voters to contact Walden’s campaign and let him know that we — not just his big-money donors — want a chance to hear what he has to say.”
Rhonda Starling, Mosier


“She loves eastern Oregon and wants to put decency back into public policy. We could use some of that in Congress! I would hope that Ms. Wilhelm can appreciate that supporting these principles doesn’t make a person partisan, just sensible.”
Bruce Lumper, The Dalles


“We need a new voice in Washington. That’s why in November I’m voting for the woman who has the values and courage to stand up against such injustice: Jamie McLeod-Skinner.”
Tracie Hornung, Parkdale


“Jamie McLeod-Skinner, Walden’s opponent, wants an immigration system that provides a path to citizenship for those who have grown up in the U.S. and to those who have paid taxes and contributed to our economy, our communities, and our national defense. That’s good for our agricultural sector and creates safer communities by encouraging positive engagement with community law enforcement.

It is not acceptable to tear families apart. It’s time we elected leaders like Jamie who are willing to hammer out a common-sense solution that works for our region’s industries and communities, for mothers, fathers and children.”
Nikki Paulson, Hood River

What a representative should do

Herald and News, August 14, 2018:
“I want a representative who does not sneak in and out of the district, determined to speak only to those who agree and never to anyone who challenges, questions, or complains.

I want a representative who builds bridges, not walls, but one who boldly walks up to opposition groups and asks, ‘How can we work together?’

I want a representative who does not speak in platitudes and empty phrases, but has specific solutions to specific problems facing rural Oregon. I want Jamie McLeod-Skinner as my representative.”
Linda Young, Klamath Falls

Readers respond: McLeod-Skinner offers Eastern Oregon real representation

The Oregonian, August 10, 2018:

“His 2nd Congressional District opponent, Jamie McLeod-Skinner, on the other hand, specifically answers direct questions and actually listens to us eastern Oregonians. That is what we should expect and are entitled to from our representatives. It has been refreshing to me to have thoughtful discourse with a smart, experienced person without ties to industries we don’t have here, like pharmaceutical companies and internet providers. I look forward to a great partnership with a real representative.”
Sandra Haechrel, The Dalles

Letter | Debates would reveal true rural champion

East Oregonian, August 8, 2018:

“When choosing an elected official, we the people who are being represented need to know a candidate’s views on the issues of concern locally, nationally, and internationally. As an Oregon District 2 constituent I am looking forward to hearing both candidates, even though I already know who I am voting for: the candidate who is working to restore openness, responsiveness, and accountability as an elected official — Jamie McLeod-Skinner. Yes, McLeod-Skinner is the rural champion that will work for us and will get my vote.”
Beverly Sherrill, The Dalles

Letters to the Editor for August 8

Hood River News, August 8, 2018:

“Jamie McLeod-Skinner is clear on her willingness to fight climate change, and to help Oregon create jobs in a clean energy economy to boot. We can and MUST do better than Walden.”
Bonnie New, Hood River


“I’ve had the opportunity to speak with Jamie McLeod-Skinner several times at public events in the Gorge in the past year. Each time, she has seriously engaged, listening and asking questions in addition to talking about her positions and qualifications to be a U.S. Representative. Sometimes our conversations have ended in agreement and sometimes we don’t agree. But I have always walked away feeling that I have been heard and my concerns and views have been respected.”
MariRuth Petzing, Hood River


“His congressional opponent, Jamie McLeod-Skinner, on the other hand, not only specifically answers direct questions, but actually carefully listens to us eastern Oregonians. That is what we should expect and are entitled to from our representatives. Thoughtful discourse with a smart, experienced person without ties to industries we don’t have here, such as pharmaceuticals and internet providers, has been refreshing to me, and I look forward to a great real partnership with a new real representative.”
Sandra Haechrel, Hood River

Letters to the Editor for Aug. 4

Hood River News, August 4, 2018:

“It seems that the political experts, both Democrats and Republicans, assume that Greg Walden is unbeatable. There is no outside money streaming into Oregon to support Jamie’s campaign. She isn’t endorsed by Emily’s List, the feminist fundraising group that supports women candidates. If there is to be any contest at all in the Second Congressional District, we have to join together in this vast district to make sure Jamie has a chance to make her voice heard.”
Christine Knowles, Hood River


“You have a choice in Congressional District 2 in this election. You can vote for Mr. Walden, who says he works for us … or you can vote for Jamie McLeod-Skinner, who will work for us, and who promises to listen to what rural people in Oregon need and want, and bring that voice to Congress.

Jamie understands what it means to live, go to school and work in rural Oregon in these times. She attended high school in Oregon and earned her law degree at the University of Oregon. She developed policy as a city planner and was elected to the city council. She and her family live and work in rural Oregon. She is smart, capable, hardworking, and principled. She is prepared to meet the D.C. elite on our terms, not theirs. That’s why I’m voting for Jamie McLeod-Skinner on November 6.”
Mark Reynolds, Hood River

Letter to the Editor for Aug. 3, 2018

Baker City Herald, August 3, 2018:

“It’s time for a leader who works for us — not wealthy campaign donors. It’s time for Jamie McLeod-Skinner. She supports people over politics. She says, ‘When it comes down to people versus money, folks in our district know where they stand and it’s about having an independent minded representative.’

McLeod-Skinner has visited every county in our district to meet and listen to as many constituents as possible. Her campaign emphasizes jobs, healthcare, environment, education and veterans — all vital concerns for our district. McLeod-Skinner knows who she is responsible to — the voters of District 2. She will be the kind of public servant we need.”
Cynthia Roberts, Baker City

Walden’s hypocrisy means I support McLeod-Skinner

Baker City Herald, July 25, 2018:

“Fortunately, we have an opportunity to make a change. Jamie McLeod-Skinner is running to be our new representative. She realizes that the recent tax cut passed by Congress made our system of taxation less fair and she does not support it. She will advocate for our families and communities and not for special interests. She cares about the hard working and retired people in our district. Learn more about Jamie and join me in voting her into office in November.”
Gloria Gordon, Baker City

Vote for McLeod-Skinner to serve all Oregonians

The Bulletin, July 25, 2018:

“To effectively maintain interests and financial livability of ranchers as well as those who recreate in public land it is imperative that we vote to elect Jamie McLeod-Skinner who will serve all Oregonians.

Thank you, Kelly Cannon-Miller for writing “truth to power” and for supporting the campaign of Jamie McLeod-Skinner, who in your words, ‘understands the real issues facing the West.'”
Zora Belle Roley, La Pine

Letters to the Editor for July 21

Hood River News, July 20, 2018:

“It’s time for a big change in our country’s leadership. I urge my fellow readers to learn about and vote in November for Jamie McLeod-Skinner to be our next U.S. representative here in U.S. House District 2.

Jamie has made a lifelong commitment to public service with a strong belief in people over politics. She’s working on the ground to meet our most important needs. For example, her top priority issue is a livable wage, and she has focused on global warming as ‘the biggest threat to our environment.'”
Linda Densmore, Hood River

Letters: Pardon was a ploy for votes; Open letter to Walden about Trump; A way to serve the county

The Bulletin, July 13, 2018:

“Anyone genuinely concerned about Eastern Oregon ranchers will vote for Jamie McLeod-Skinner this November. McLeod-Skinner understands the real issues facing the West and those who make their living from the land. The issues facing Eastern Oregon ranchers cannot be solved by supporting the public-property destroying, media-grabbing and, ultimately, selfish agenda of ranchers like the Bundys, who believe the West belongs to them alone.”
Kelly Cannon-Miller, Bend

Letter | McLeod-Skinner is Oregon’s rural champion

East Oregonian, July 11, 2018:

“Where’s Walden? Soon to be looking for another job because Jamie McLeod Skinner will be our champion. She is already out in the district listening to our voices, engaged and advocating for our families and communities, not for special interests. Jamie McLeod Skinner, our rural champion, will work for us.”
Beverly Sherrill, The Dalles

Letters to the Editor for June 25, 2018

Baker City Herald, June 25, 2018:

“It’s time for a big change in our country’s leadership. I urge my fellow readers to learn about and vote in November for Jamie McLeod-Skinner to be our next U.S. representative.

Jamie has made a lifelong commitment to public service with a strong belief in people over politics. She’s working on the ground to meet our most important needs. For example, her top priority issue is a livable wage, and she has focused on global warming as ‘the biggest threat to our environment.'”
Marshall McComb, Baker City

Letters to the Editor

Lake County Examiner, June 6, 2018:

“Eastern Oregon Democrats have now found a superb candidate to take him on in Jamie McLeod-Skinner. For the past year, Jamie has traveled tirelessly throughout the district, building a volunteer and supporter network that shows what can be done without expensive media buys. She wears her family’s Eastern Oregon roots proudly and speaks to those values on the campaign trail.”
Jeanne Atkins, Chair, Democratic Party of Oregon

Letter | McLeod-Skinner ready to take on Walden

East Oregonian, May 25, 2018:

“The midterm primary election is over and we now know who we can support that will help bring sense to Congress. And her name is Jamie McLeod-Skinner.

Jamie is a native of the eastern and southern Oregon region and will bring a real knowledge of our issues and values to Congress. She has the experience, knowledge and common sense to solve the grave issues currently facing our district, state and country. She also exhibits the absolute integrity that Washington is so lacking in at the present time.”
Jack Lorts, Fossil

Letters to the Editor, May 9

Mail Tribune, May 9, 2018:

“I have attended the candidates’ forum and have read everything I can about the candidates’ platforms. After thoughtful evaluation I will be casting my vote for Jamie McLeod-Skinner.

On a personal level I feel she has a real sense of the Rogue Valley and its needs because she has lived here. More importantly, she has a thorough understanding of our district as a whole.”
Ellen Quin Ley, Ashland

Letter to the Editor: Make your vote count

The Dalles Chronicle, May 9, 2018:

“Democrats in the Second Congressional District can also vote for another problem-solver with governmental experience by voting for Jamie McLeod-Skinner. Jamie is anxious to work “across the aisle” to come up with solutions to many of the challenges we face like health care, environmental issues and energy policies.”
Karen and Steve Murray, The Dalles

McLeod-Skinner has strong qualifications

Herald and News, May 8, 2018:

“Jamie’s roots run deep here in District 2. She attended high school in Ashland, and her family continues to live throughout southern, central and eastern Oregon.

Jamie recognizes that parts of our region have not seen the growth and prosperity of others. That many families are still struggling. A top priority for Jamie is the development of good paying jobs for working families.”
Mary Lou Wogan, Klamath Falls

Letters to the Editor, May 5

Mail Tribune, May 5, 2018:

“Jamie has made a life-long commitment to public service with a strong belief of people over politics. Her public service includes positions as a senior city planner, city manager for Phoenix, and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. She received her law degree at University of Oregon with an emphasis on natural resources and water law.

What stands out is her ability to listen to the diversity of viewpoints in District 2. This is what we need — a person who will create dialogue, allowing the people to be a part of the solution.”  – Diane C. Paulson, Ashland

LETTER: McLeod-Skinner the best candidate for rural Oregonians

East Oregonian, May 4, 2018:

“Grass roots” is a term that we hear thrown around a lot, especially during election season. I’ve been actively involved in local politics for 18 years at various levels. This time around, as a volunteer for the Jamie McLeod-Skinner for Oregon Campaign, I’ve experienced the true meaning of a grass roots campaign, starting with the candidate herself”  – Vickie Read, Pendleton

Letter to the Editor: Jamie is the real deal

The Dalles Chronicle, May 4, 2018:

“I believe she would devote the same diligence to representing District 2 in Congress that she has displayed throughout her professional life, one marked by down-to-earth honesty and a lifelong familiarity with the life of hardworking rural Oregonians.

I left that special meeting at the library with a new conviction of my own: Jamie McLeod-Skinner is the right person to replace Greg Walden and this is the right time for that change.”  – Debbie Blair, The Dalles

McLeod-Skinner best choice for Congress

Herald and News, May 3, 2018:

“A few weeks ago I changed my registration from Republican to Democrat so I could vote for Jamie McLeod-Skinner for Congress.

I attended a candidate forum out of curiosity and she was very impressive. I would like to vote for a candidate who can discuss our problems using an accurate but neutral vocabulary, a candidate who works to find common ground among diverse groups and work productively with them.”  – Susie Hasselbrink, Klamath Falls

Letters: Back Tammy Baney; Vote Jenni Neahring; Support Jamie McLeod-Skinner

The Bulletin, May 2, 2018:

“The Bulletin points out that your endorsee is the total package. There is another candidate in this race who is truly the total package. Jamie McLeod-Skinner. The Bulletin describes Jamie as a “clear standout” in the field of candidates. She has visited all 20 counties in the district over the last year, researching the many issues that are important to both rural and urban constituents. Having family roots in this district, a broad, relevant education, prior political experience and being extremely articulate, it is clear that Jamie is the right choice to represent the 2nd District.”  – Nancy Chaffee, Bend

Letters: Vote DeBone; Find car solutions; Vote Baney; McLeod-Skinner for Congress

The Bulletin, April 30, 2018:

“Jamie can win, as shown by her success as a twice-elected public official, her diverse and impressive list of endorsements from community leaders and groups throughout the district, and the fact she has won ALL four straw polls conducted at candidate forums. Having strong family roots and other connections in Central and Eastern Oregon and with the support of voters of all moderate political persuasions, Jamie can beat Walden.” – Sue Vordenberg, Bend

Letters to the Editor, April 28

Mail Tribune, April 28, 2018:

“From the first time I heard Jamie McLeod-Skinner speak at the candidate forum on health care last December to each subsequent time, she stands out among the crowded field of Democratic candidates for Oregon Congressional District 2.” – Delcy Tibbetts, Medford

Letters to the Editor, April 27

Ashland Daily Tidings, April 27, 2018:

“The reason I have chosen to support Jamie is because she is the most qualified candidate to serve our district. She is the only Democrat running who has won two campaigns and held political office.

Jamie has made a life-long commitment to public service with a strong belief of people over politics. Her public service includes positions as a senior city planner, city manager for Phoenix, and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. She received her law degree at University of Oregon with an emphasis on natural resources and water law.” – Diane C. Paulson, Ashland

Letter: McLeod-Skinner best choice for Congress

East Oregonian, April 26, 2018:

“This homeless man is one of the many reasons I have chosen to support Jamie McLeod-Skinner to represent us in the U.S. Congress. People with severe disabilities need assistance with skills that most of us take for granted. Jamie McLeod-Skinner has a belief that the public safety and welfare of all necessitates more social infrastructure for people with mental disabilities.” –  Chris Schuening, Pendleton

Letters: Vote McLeod-Skinner

The Bulletin, April 24, 2018:

“McLeod-Skinner and her family have deep roots in District 2. Since last July, she has been traveling all over the district asking folks what most concerns them and establishing dialogue that works toward consensus on issues that are important to all Oregonians. She knows that Central and Eastern Oregonians are concerned about access to education, access to good health care, access to good education, good jobs that pay a living wage, water rights, net neutrality and more.” – Kathryn Wood, Bend

Letter: McLeod-Skinner has eye on environmental issues

East Oregonian, April 24, 2018:

“Jamie McLeod-Skinner, candidate for the U.S. Congress in our district, has dedicated her life to helping others and the environment we live in. At a young age, Jamie spent several years in Tanzania where her mother was a teacher. This experience started Jamie on her way to a career in public service.” – Vickie Hendricks, Pendleton

Letters to the Editor, April 23

Mail Tribune, April 23, 2018:

“Jamie McLeod-Skinner is calling out Walden for his corporate giveaways, his attack on health care, for not protecting our natural resources, for sabotaging a critical community-developed water agreement, not protecting our internet access or privacy, and not providing for our veterans.” – Mayor Darby Ayers-Flood, Talent

Letters to the Editor, April 22

Mail Tribune, April 22, 2018:

“Jamie McCleod-Skinner is running for Congress in Oregon’s 2nd District, and I like the way she approaches politics.

Jamie has many years of experience at the local and regional level, as an engineer, planner and elected official. It has given her a bottom-up, practically oriented way of looking at problems.” – David Drury, Ashland

Letters to the Editor, April 17

Mail Tribune, April 17, 2018:

“Jamie McLeod-Skinner tells us that this race can be won. She has participated in forums across the state expressing her commitment to human rights and the importance of working together to formulate a better future for our state and for our country. Jamie is honest and experienced. She has my vote and I hope you will cast your vote for Jamie McLeod-Skinner in the May 15 primary election.” – Rosemary Dunn Dalton, Ashland

Letter: McLeod-Skinner has campaign success, governance experience

East Oregonian, April 13, 2018:

“Jamie McLeod-Skinner is tireless campaigner, bringing her message again and again to the people of eastern and southern Oregon. She believes in face-to-face conversation, and would like to talk with, and represent, every person in our district.” – Patty Jones, Pilot Rock

Letters: Vote McLeod-Skinner; Consider alternative sites for bridge

The Bulletin, April 11, 2018:

“Wouldn’t it be refreshing to be able to vote for a candidate who can discuss our problems using an accurate but neutral vocabulary, a candidate who works to find common ground among diverse groups and work productively with them? If so, consider voting for Jamie McLeod-Skinner.” – Don Kunz, Bend

Letters to the Editor, April 10

Ashland Daily Tidings, April 10, 2018:

“After hearing Jamie McLeod-Skinner speak on two occasions, I am convinced that this is the Democrat we need to represent Congressional District 2 in Congress.

Not only does she have a thoughtful and intelligent grasp of the issues facing Oregonians, but also her proposed solutions are smart and are a good fit for this very diverse district. Her leadership skills and experience are impressive.” – Wendy Eppinger, Ashland

Letter: McLeod-Skinner has the background to succeed

East Oregonian, April 6, 2018:

“I’ve listened to Jamie McLeod-Skinner participate in several candidate forums and am always impressed with her high regard for education and how she has used her education. Jamie has a degree in civil engineering and a law degree. She put her civil engineering degree and watershed management experience to work improving water supply and sanitation in rural communities in Kosovo.” – Miriam Gilmer, Adams

Letters to the Editor, April 4

Ashland Daily Tidings, April 4, 2018:

“I am impressed with Jamie’s background and qualifications. She is the only candidate running to replace Walden that has held elected office. She is a water rights expert and has degrees in civil engineering, regional planning and law. Jamie McLeod-Skinner will represent all parts of District 2, both rural and urban, and has what it takes to work across the political landscape uniting people around shared Oregon values.”  – Sally McKirgan, Ashland.

Letter: McLeod-Skinner stood out in Democratic debate

East Oregonian, March 30, 2018:

“She deeply cares about the health of our natural resources, as well as the people who live and make their livelihoods in our huge rural district.” – Martin and Shirley Westfall, Pendleton.

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