Letter to the Editor, sent to the Oregonian 5/10/12

As a Family Nurse Practitioner, a longtime NARAL foundation board member, a previous Planned Parenthood clinician, and devoted public health advocate, I strongly endorse Amanda Fritz for re-election to the Portland City Council. Amanda is a steadfast supporter of every woman's right to make her own reproductive health care choices. She has participated and contributed in multiple NARAL and Planned Parenthood events. As City Commissioner she has worked to promote wellness in city employees and helped keep taxpayer-funded costs down while improving benefits for staff.

Amanda's continued leadership on the Council - working with the police, 9-1-1 Emergency Management System, and County mental health specialists - is essential to provide better services and protections for people experiencing mental illnesses, especially as it relates to conflicts with the police. As a retired Registered Nurse and mother of three, Amanda Fritz is uniquely qualified to continue her important work on the Portland City Council.

I trust Amanda, and I appreciate her positive campaign. Please send in your ballot by May 15, and join me in voting for Amanda Fritz for City Commissioner.

Sincerely,

Shelda R. Holmes, FNP

Owner, Hands On Medicine

N/NE Portland

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