By Sybil Ackerman of Portland, Oregon. Sybil is one of Oregon's leading environmental advocates.
I know Jeff’s work first hand and he will do amazing things as our next US Senator. My passion is environmental conservation. Every once in a while I find someone who can translate my passion for this issue into political reality. Jeff Merkley is such a person.
He helped make the 2007 session in Oregon one of the best for the environment in the last thirty years. He worked with others in the House, the Senate and Governor to pass the clean energy agenda, protect Oregon’s land use system, create a new electronics recycling program, and expand the bottle bill to include plastic water bottles, among other things.
Jeff is also – simply put – a great person. He is caring, humble and simply wants to make the world a better place. I have a huge amount of respect for him and what he stands for. Jeff symbolizes all that is good in our country.
I strongly support his election bid for US Senate (even though I am bummed he is leaving the Oregon House!)