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Bedrock Democrat disturbed at lack of credit

To the editor:

Both this article and that which appeared in the Tribune notably lacked mentioning The Bedrock and Multnomah County Dems. The fact that Mr. Perlman identified me as a Lents activist is notable. To credit me as a “Lents activist” is unfair to the many good folks in Lents who are working for that community on a daily basis. I simply happen to live and work in Lents. That I was identified as a Lents activist indicates he purposely did not identify me as a Democratic activist - he was specifically introduced to me as the chair of the Multnomah Democratic Party at the beginning of the tour.

The “Potholes and Possibilities” tour was the harmonic convergence of Multnomah Dems and Bedrock Dem (House District 47) leaders and activists, who were (and are) committed to getting local politicians (to attend) east of Mt. Tabor, and the efforts of Rep. Jefferson Smith and Lucy Palmersheim, who had previously mapped tours specifically in Oregon House District 47.

Indeed, the name “Potholes and Possibilities” was coined by Multnomah Democratic Party Vice Chair Susan Silodor, who, with Rep. Smith, was a primary force behind the tours.

There will be more tours after the new year, accommodating more candidates, and touring other neglected areas of Portland. I hope next time credit is given where credit is due.

It is sad - and disingenuous - when the media purposefully omits a primary actor in any story, and in this case it purposely conceals the fact as a group local Democrats are advocating for residents and businesses which face huge challenges in this harsh economy.

Carla Hanson -
Multnomah County Democrat Party Chair
and Bedrock Democrat member
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