KEIZER, Oregon – Robert Husseman and Ramiro Navarro, residents of Keizer and Democratic candidates for State Representative of Oregon House District 21, released the following joint statement May 11 in light of vandalization that occurred to campaign materials distributed by both candidates:
"Over the past few days, lawn signs belonging to both of our campaigns have been stolen or vandalized. One of the signs was affixed with stickers reading ‘Let’s Go Brandon’— a phrase sometimes used by Republicans to express disapproval toward Democratic candidates.
"Intimidation of any candidate, regardless of their political party or any other aspect of their identity, is absolutely unacceptable. Partisan intimidation is a threat to free and fair elections, an integral part of American democracy that is under attack across our nation. Oregonians have the right to run for office and to vote for their preferred candidates – and to do so free of menace.
"Though we are opponents in the upcoming Democratic Primary, we maintain both personal and professional respect for each other, and we have both run honest, clean, issue-driven campaigns.
"We will continue to do so until the Democratic Primary on May 17 and, regardless of who wins, we look forward to continuing to stand up for the civil liberties of Oregonians."