From Pamela Staton, Lincoln County
Dear family, friends and neighbors,
These are interesting times for all of us. Many are hurting far worse than others but the truth is we are all in this pandemic together. Somehow in the chaos of shutting down all non-essential businesses and being asked to shelter in place for 2 weeks seems like a small request in order to save lives! Each of us matters. Like many of you the “shut down” has already affected us as we are self employed. It is our hope that by all of us doing our part to flatten the curve from COVID-19 exposure, by self isolating and washing our hands often, that we will resume a more vibrant way of life for all sooner than later. Allowing ourselves to be present and in service in ways that are possible is how to keep all flowing with more ease and grace.
Being in service is our human nature. These last 2 weeks our campaign members volunteered to help distribute school lunches to any child needing food security in Lincoln County. We plan to donate blood to the Red Cross to assist those needing blood in order to survive other illnesses beyond this pandemic. We can help many by picking up meds or groceries, and provide meals for those more vulnerable in our town. We too have made cash donations to our local churches and food pantries which are some of the ways we are helping our community. I know many of you are taking similar actions as WE know you and love you for who you are. We are finding great joy in assisting others. I have a deep faith in the goodness of humanity and by becoming more aware of each other’s needs, I hope “good will” will continue long after this pandemic passes.
Now imagine running a political campaign in the face of all of this. Many opportunities for us to raise needed funds have been taken away as there are no more meet and greets, or campaign rallies or door knocking to meet the people of Lincoln County. I will need to ask our friends and families in the community if they would be able to donate to our campaign. Time is of the essence as the primary election is May 19, 2020 with ballots being mailed to voters in early May.
Why does this election matter? Russell Baldwin is an experienced 30 year civil litigation, trial attorney who has appeared in all state courts and on appeal, argued in the Oregon Supreme Court, the 9th Circuit COA and has the impressive distinction of being admitted to the United States Supreme Court bar thereby, he has appeared in front of multiple judges statewide. In my opinion, after sitting in on trials and hearings over many years it is apparent to me that his knowledge of the law far exceeds many of the judges. He has fought hard for civil and constitutional rights for the people going up against large corporations with huge law firms as a solo practitioner and won, and state agencies represented by the Oregon DOJ where he has been dubbed the “agency slayer”. He knows the law very well and is competent in handling simple or complex cases. He will be a fair, integrity based and neutral judge which is necessary for justice to work for all the people. The law is meant to be applied equally and Russell Baldwin will bring that aspect of law back to all Lincoln County litigants/victims. He can’t wait. He feels called to serve as circuit judge. He is excited to serve the community as a “true public servant” that will restore trust back into our local judiciary. His time is now!
If you are able and feel called to assist the healing of our local judiciary, to restore honor to the Lincoln County courts with justice for all the people, I humbly ask for any donation that you are able to give to our campaign. Any amount is fine and gratefully appreciated. Thank you in advance.
Checks can be mailed to:
“Committee to Elect Russell L. Baldwin”
PO Box 757,
Yachats, Oregon 97498
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