My fellow Astorians,
I hope all is well with you and your families. In the news, there have been serious scandals in the Capitol. I wanted to touch on the role that Astoria can play in this wait & see game that's being played.
Recently, we visited with three elected officials. Sen. Jennifer McClellan, Del. Betsy Carr and Del. Jeff Bourne. We conveyed our personal concerns as well as condemned any wearing of blackface and the actions of the KKK. We visited the Senate after and were introduced in the Senate Gallery.
I found it very interesting that our elected officials shared our concerns. The diversity represented in the Senate and the House of Delegates was low, less than 5% were African-American.
I would like each Astorian to seriously consider being supportive of any person that is running for office that supports OUR values no matter their race. Thank you to the eight Astorians that attended the Senate with me.
Onward and Upward,
Wayne Rachel Sr.