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Oregon State Representative- District 59

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Wood Questions Council Conduct

“You cast a pall over your credibility when you decided to censure Councilor Long-Curtiss,” Wood said. “All council people should be able to speak their mind. You, for too long, have had an image of things happening in a back room.”

He was referencing Long-Curtiss’ complaints that decisions were being made by the council out of the public eye.

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Letter to the Editor: Questions for Council

Councilor Darcy Long-Curtiss, you displayed intelligence, accountability and fortitude in the letter you addressed to the public and your fellow public servants. I am inspired. Are you planning to run again in 2020 when your term expires? And if you do run, where do I send the check for your campaign?

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Editorial: City code can’t trump free speech

The city code of conduct should not be used to silence her for exercising her First Amendment rights. And First Amendment rights enshrined in the U.S. Constitution trump a municipal code.

Whistleblowers take the risk of facing stiff reprisal and retaliation from those who don’t want their concerns to be publicly aired, as is happening to Long-Curtiss.

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Council accused of ‘inquisition’

“In the course of this representation, it is important we have the ability to inform our citizens of matters that we have become aware of. It is important that we express our opinions even if they are not popular… I do not express my opinions to be mean, to embarrass others or to be purposefully antagonistic. I express my opinion with as much honesty, conviction and respect as I can.

“I realize that not everyone of you might agree with my opinions or with the forum that I choose to use to inform our citizens of the issues that I think are important.”

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