I support Shannon Souza for Senate

The World, November 1, 2018 - I am writing in support of Shannon Souza, candidate for State Senator in District 1. I met Shannon last spring during the primary candidate forums in Curry County and I was impressed by her energy, intellect, focus, and creativity. I am convinced that Shannon will engage with all citizens and legislators, regardless of party affiliation, to identify the best solutions possible for the problems we face. Her background as an environmental engineer in the pulp and paper industry, co-founder of a charter school, and owner of a solar consulting company will bring a valuable skill set to the legislature that I feel is sorely needed.


Vote for those who will spend their time working for us

Letter to the Editor, October 30, 2018, The News-Review

Instead of voting for the folks who will spend most of their time lobbying for timber industry managers, why not vote for Shannon Souza, Senate District 1; Megan Salter, House District 2; and Jeremy Salter, Douglas County commissioner, who will spend all of their their time working for all of us?

David Hutchinson READ MORE…

Vote for the candidate who shows up

Letter to the Editor, The News-Review, October 19, 2018

Last night at the League of Women Voters forum I heard Shannon Souza, candidate for state Senate District 1, present her ideas for improving the economy, health care, education and forest management in Southern Oregon. Her positions were well-thought-out and clearly stated.

Her opponent, Sen. Dallas Heard, was a no-show. It makes me wonder: Did Mr. Heard decline an invitation to stand before his constituents because of a scheduling conflict? I doubt it. Rather, I suspect that excuse was a ruse designed so he could avoid facing his intelligent and thoughtful opponent and standing before his constituents. READ MORE

Senate candidate Shannon Souza offers vision of creating tomorrow's skilled workforce in Southwestern Oregon

Mike Henneke, The News Review , October 19, 2018-Shannon Souza has made a name for herself on the Southwestern Oregon Coast, where she runs a solar energy and environmental consulting business, helped found a public charter school and advocates for state investments in rural infrastructure.

The Coos Bay Democrat is challenging Sen. Dallas Heard, R-Winston, for state Senate District 1, which covers Roseburg, most of South Douglas County, Curry County and parts of Coos, Josephine and Jackson counties. READ MORE…

Don't understand why Lief and Heard won't join forum

Letter to the Editor The News-Review, October 18,2018- I am not a letter writer to The News-Review. I also do not think of myself as an angry person. However, I am really angry and frustrated with the recent decisions made by our current Republican candidates, Gary Lief and Dallas Heard, to not show up at the League of Women Voters forums.

I and all voters are entitled to the opportunity to hear from the people wanting to represent us at the state government level. The LWV forum has traditionally been the venue where vital, fair and reasonable questions would be asked of both parties' candidates, giving the voter an opportunity to hear and make decisions based on the candidates' views. READ MORE

Legislative candidates speak at League of Women Voters Forum

By CARISA CEGAVSKE Senior Staff Writer The News-Review  Oct 17, 2018  - Four candidates for three state legislative positions discussed the economy, education, healthcare and other issues at the League of Women Voters legislative candidate forum Tuesday at the Holiday Inn Express in Roseburg.

The forum was unusual this year in that two contenders — incumbents Sen. Dallas Heard and Rep. Gary Leif — did not attend. The League changed its rules to allow their challengers, Senate District 1 candidate Shannon Souza and House District 2 candidate Megan Salter, to attend and changed the format from a question-and-answer debate to a topic-based forum. READ MORE

Heard Prefers Male Leadership

Letters to the Editor, The News-Review October 13,2018

In less than four short weeks, Oregonians will have the opportunity — or rather a duty — to vote in the midterm elections. Locally, the race for state senate district is of particular concern to me.

The incumbent Republican candidate Dallas Heard is unwilling to debate his challenger Shannon Souza. I have searched the web for a single reason for this refusal and come up with nothing. What I did discover though was some very disturbing revelations concerning Mr. Heard.


I am ready to debate Sen. Heard any time, any place

Shannon Souza for the The News-Review  Oct 14, 2018 

I understand from the articles on the League of Women Voters of Umpqua Valley forum that Senator Heard is not attending the forum on Tuesday due to a scheduling conflict with a tour of wildfire lands. I respect that. Our legislators must be informed and connected to the issues and people of the district. The mega-fires of our region have shaped our lands, our economies and our lives, calling for a review of our management practices as we contemplate the path forward.

It was with that same mission in mind that I made several trips to the area in and around the Klondike and Taylor Creek fires during the height of the blaze, last month. My inquiry via incident command meeting attendance, hosting open discussions on the topic in three towns, briefing from federal incident leadership, listening to local wild- and civil fire fighters and chief, local emergency response leadership, traveling wildfire fighters, residents, county commissioners, airport operations, community and business leaders, as well as experiencing conducting business and life in a smoke-choked town, was informative. I know for me, as an aspiring senator, it was time well spent, and I’m comforted to know that Sen. Heard will be getting up to speed on this formative topic during his Tuesday evening tour. READ MORE…