Election season – Creating member value through government representation
“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb deciding what to have for dinner. Liberty is a well-armed lamb.” I’m not sure who said that, but I smile every time I hear it. In the Rental Housing Industry, we often feel like the lamb.
In recent years, the RHA has made our presence known before all levels of government. We have been at the table in all the major decisions facing us, from the statewide changes in section 8 laws to local fire ordinances. The RHA is represented before local governments, county governments, and at the Oregon Capitol by our lobbyist Cindy Robert. Cindy has encouraged and shown the RHA how to be effective before the Oregon legislature. The RHA has developed positive relationships with state leaders and with the representatives whose districts include RHA members.
Voting is the most important act you can make for our country. Please vote in the coming weeks and plan to become an active member of the RHA as the 2015 Oregon Legislative session gears up.
The RHA’s incoming President John Sage sums it up this way: “Even with all of their faults and mistakes and having to start over again and again, our Forefather’s and Mothers never lost sight of the fact that to make a change they had to be involved. And to think that at the time they were involved it could mean their life! Not just a trip into town to drop off their ballot.”
Civic involvement has been a focus of the RHA for over 87 years. We represent over 1,800 Oregon citizens in the Rental Housing industry. Those 1,800 citizens have a vote and I want to encourage you to exercise your privilege. It is democracy in action; liberty to pursue our dreams we are protecting.
While I am on the topic of voting and participating it is time to elect new RHA directors. All nominations need to be in to the RHA before the vote at the November dinner meeting. We will install the new directors at the December meeting. At the RHA, we’re all about turning out the vote!
Liz Carpenter, Rental Housing Alliance Oregon President
PS. Remember the RHA is active and we have classes this month, our new Community Room is available, and we continue volunteering at JOIN to move homeless families from the street into rental housing.