Gilliam no longer represents district


Letters to the editor

Created on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 01:00 | Written by Independent readers |

Gilliam no longer represents district

To the editor:

The Oregon primary election process is the time when partisan voters can sweep from public office incumbents they believe no longer represent them. Case in point: Vic Gilliam, the current state representative for House District 18.

Historically, the Marion County Republican Party in 2011, and more recently, the Oregon Republican Party in 2013, have opposed driver’s licenses for those who can’t prove legal presence in the country.

During the 2013 Oregon State Legislature legislative session Rep. Gilliam was a sponsor of Senate Bill 833, legislation that was passed and signed into law that would grant driver cards to illegal immigrants.

After the legislation passed, more than 71,000 Oregon voters signed a Referendum 301 signature sheet that will put the SB 833 driver card legislation before voters in November 2014.

In an example of legislative arrogance, during the 2014 legislative session, Rep. Gilliam was a sponsor of House Bill 4054, legislation that would have rewritten the ballot title of Referendum 301 in an attempt to obscure the consequences of the legislation from voters.

Republicans in HD18 have a better choice to represent them in Salem: His name is David Darnell and his campaign promise is “I will vote like a Republican should.”

David Cross


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