My Fellow Oregonians,
In the pages of this Blue Book, you can learn more about what makes Oregon special — its geography, history, symbols and governance. You’ll also get a glimpse of the individuals who serve their fellow Oregonians as they work every day to address our state’s most important issues through elected office, at state agencies and on boards and commissions.
Especially in the midst of a global viral pandemic, we cannot forget that it is the responsibility of a state’s government to serve its people. We must ensure that all students have the tools they need to succeed. We must work toward equity, inclusivity and justice so all people who call Oregon home feel safe, welcome and heard. We must seek to rebuild the state economy so that economic growth and prosperity touch every corner of our great state. We must preserve the beauty and bounty of Oregon for generations to come through careful stewardship of our precious natural resources.
As the state grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, I strive to protect the health and safety of all Oregonians. And, as our nation grapples with the impacts of systemic racism, I am committed to centering racial justice in a new vision for community safety, in the state budget, and in my administration’s agenda.
As we look toward the future — a future where this virus remains a fact of life for months to come — and we focus on building a safer and stronger Oregon, we need to lift up our underserved, rural and tribal communities, as well as our low-income and communities of color. With every great challenge, a new opportunity presents itself. In Oregon, we have the opportunity to come back stronger than before, by lifting up those who have historically been left behind and together, to build a future where everyone can thrive.
Oregon is our home, and this Blue Book is a valuable tool for home improvement. So, I urge you to use it for your edification, to inform community projects and as a necessary link between state history, government and the people of Oregon.