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As my time in the Oregon Legislature comes to a close, I reflect upon the many happy memories I have in serving the Albany area. Thank you so much for the support and opportunity to serve these past 14 years.

I have had the privilege to meet and know so many wonderful people, often from very diverse backgrounds. In my opinion, to be an effective legislator requires the ability to listen to diverse perspectives with an open mind to develop the best solutions. I believe Shelly Boshart Davis has this ability and it is one of the many reasons I have chosen to endorse her.

Shelly is quite familiar with the legislative process as she advocated for farmers, truckers and students. She takes time to listen, learn and understand the issues. A good legislator knows they cannot know everything, but can learn from those who know the subject matter most. I have seen Shelly do this. She listens to those who do the practical application, whether it be teachers, case workers, police officers, business owners or those who just need help with an issue.

The Albany area requires a representative with energy and strong leadership ability. I am confident that Shelly has the energy and willingness necessary to address problems such as our foster care system, classroom size, or dealing with traffic congestion. She will not be afraid of tackling tough problems.

In a time of divisive politics, we need leaders who can find common ground to help unite our great state. I have done my best to serve the Albany area and I know Shelly will do the same. Please join me in casting your vote for Shelly Boshart Davis.

Andy Olson

Albany (Oct. 19)

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