Perhaps it’s the season or the holiday visits from family, but this time of year brings back the most precious memories with my loved ones. Whether it was taking my kids out on Christmas Eve to secretly deliver presents to struggling families in our community, having our traditional Eggs Benedict Christmas breakfast, or a long fireside conversation with Cathy or one of our kids, this season holds so many warm and happy memories.
My motto for the Secretary of State’s office, “Pro tanto quid retribuamus,” is a Latin term inscribed centuries ago in the town square of Belfast, Ireland. It means, “Having been given so much, what will you give in return?”
While serving as your Secretary of State, I feel I have received so much from so many, including from the people of Oregon. I’m so thankful for the outpouring of support and well-wishes I’ve received from so many of you as I’ve worked to serve you in the midst of my personal battle with cancer. This truly is a wonderful place to call home, and I’m humbled by the trust you’ve placed in me as your Secretary of State. I will ensure your trust is well-deserved by continuing to bringing accountability, transparency, and integrity to Oregon government.
Each of us can give back in our own way. Something as simple as a short visit or a phone call to a neighbor might be appreciated more than we would ever know. Let’s each make it our mission to do a little more this year to share some kindness and love with our family, friends, and communities. Especially, let’s reach out to those who might be facing difficulties.
This year, I’m especially grateful for the friends who have been with me for decades, the great team I’m surrounded with at work, Cathy and the wonderful family I’ve been so blessed to be a part of, and that my faith in God’s plan is stronger than ever.
From my family to yours, I wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and a Holiday Season filled with love, joy, and peace.