I understand from the articles on the League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley forum that Senator Heard is not attending the forum on Tuesday due to a scheduling conflict with a tour of wildfire lands. I respect that. Our legislators must be informed and connected to the issues and people of the district. The mega-fires of our region have shaped our lands, our economies and our lives, calling for a review of our management practices as we contemplate the path forward.

It was with that same mission in mind that I made several trips to the area in and around the Klondike and Taylor Creek fires during the height of the blaze, last month. My inquiry via incident command meeting attendance, hosting open discussions on the topic in three towns, briefing from federal incident leadership, listening to local wild- and civil fire fighters and chief, local emergency response leadership, traveling wildfire fighters, residents, county commissioners, airport operations, community and business leaders, as well as experiencing conducting business and life in a smoke-choked town, was informative. I know for me, as an aspiring senator, it was time well spent, and I’m comforted to know that Sen. Heard will be getting up to speed on this formative topic during his Tuesday evening tour.

Out of deference to his busy schedule (there were 7 additional dates for forums in Douglas, Curry and Coos Counties that Sen. Heard was not available for or otherwise chose not to attend), I am making myself available for public debate or forum with Sen. Heard at any time that works for him. His staff can reach me at shannon@electshannonsouza.org or on my cell at 541-290-0418.

He need only name the place and time. I will be there ... with bells on.

Shannon Souza is the Democratic candidate for Oregon Senate District 1.

React to this story:

26
1
0
0
0

(4) comments

S

Dallas 'Heard' is an oxymoron with emphasis on "moron." You need to show up as a candidate. Sorry NR it was low hanging fruit . . . too easy and right there for the taking!

melrosereader

Heard is scared to death of facing his opponent.

darryl boice


Shannon Souza’s ability to empathize with Dallas Heard is admirable.

“I’m comforted to know that Sen. Heard will be getting up to speed on this formative topic during his Tuesday evening tour.”

“there were 7 additional dates for forums in Douglas, Curry and Coos Counties that Sen. Heard was not available for”

Dallas, you’ve been burned

RobertJohnson

I have seen both Dallas Heard and Shannon Sousa in action. Dallas in performances that date back years.

If I were Dallas’ handlers, I too would pack him off to distant places whenever Ms. Souza comes to town too.

She is fearsomely great. She is jus ovviously ve intllgent and paionl caring about peopl here.

She also hs hat depth of smarts and wisdom that comes from being a contractor, and engineer here, an through the recession. and knowing the fustrtions and heartache.

Dallas....? um, no.

Keep up the Sass, Shannon. From what I’ve seen the people who have met her are, “ to know her is to love her.”

Da

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.