Friday, August 31, 2018

Money in Politics

Money in politics is dangerous. Special interests and wealthy contributors skew the direction of our public policy in ways that do not represent the needs of our community. During a presidential debate in 2016, Bernie Sanders said, “To my mind, if we do not get a handle on money in politics and the degree to which big money controls the political process in this country, nobody is going to bring about the changes that (are) needed in this country for the middle class and working families.” I cannot express loudly enough how much I agree with this sentiment. Nothing is a more egregious example of this than the frightening trend of candidates at the level of local government who insist that campaigns cannot be successful without massive fundraising efforts. I reject the assumption that your vote can be bought. Half of the current Hillsboro City Council candidates do not intend to spend over $750. I am committed to a conservationist campaign. I refuse to load landfills with plastic and metal political signs. I am asking for votes, not donations. Please join me to support working families, local farms, and our city. I’m a public servant, not a politician, and I am here to serve you. You can reach me by email, at eric@muehter.org, or on Twitter @ericmuehter.
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Enjoying a bass jam session with my daughter

Monday, August 27, 2018

Getting Involved

Eric and Roslyn at the Washington County Fair, 2018
Eric and Roslyn at the Washington County Fair, 2018


Today, I'm formally announcing my intention to become more involved in our community in the City of Hillsboro. Our city is a beautiful and diverse place, where the joys of nature and vibrant agriculture meet modern technology and innovation, and I love living here. I chose to make my home in Hillsboro after the end of my military service, and this is where my wife and I started our family. I believe this city is a beautiful example of the world in which we want to raise our daughter, and I am dedicated to serving the city to ensure its ongoing prosperity for my family and for our neighbors. As we face challenges in response to rapid growth, I hope to contribute toward shaping the future of our city while maintaining the history and charm that makes Hillsboro an inviting and inclusive home for all.

I have lived in Hillsboro since 2005, following the completion of my service in the United States Navy. I currently work as a Field Technology Analyst at Oregon Health & Science University, and I volunteer as the President of the Board of Directors for the Jones Farm Owners Association here in Hillsboro, representing owners and residents of our 470 beautiful homes. I have formerly served as an elected member of the Executive Board of AFSCME Local 328 which represents the majority of the OHSU workforce, and I am actively involved with the OHSU Veterans Employee Resource Group. I earned my bachelor's degree from Portland State University and my associate's degree from Portland Community College.

As an enlisted military veteran, I served with Navy and Marine Corps units in Kuwait and Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and I find myself drawn toward ongoing community service. I am frequently humbled by the unending passion displayed by my fellow veterans who continue their service to our nation and our community, such as my brothers and sisters of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and they inspire me to do more. Like my grandfather, I am a proud union worker, so I know that the foundation of this nation has always been built - literally and figuratively - by the workers and laborers of our communities. I am devoted to protecting the rights of individuals, and I will take action to ensure the safety and prosperity of all people.

I believe that Hillsboro represents the greatest facets of our country, and I want to be part of the bright future of our city. That is why I have decided to seek your support to join the City Council of Hillsboro. As I begin this endeavor, I plan to use this space to share my journey and my values with you, my neighbors. I hope to hear from you, to learn what issues are important to you, and I ask that you please reach out and make your voice heard.

I’m a public servant, not a politician, and I am here to serve you. You can reach me by email, at eric@muehter.org, or on Twitter @ericmuehter.

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