I am a college student who has lived in Astoria for almost two years. I attended Clatsop Community College and, as a young person, I see the toll college tuition has taken on people my age in our community.
Many of my friends, myself included, work minimum-wage jobs to make ends meet and pay rent while we are in school. Most of them cannot fully pay their way through school without working and saving money. Even more troubling is that several of my friends in this community will not even go to school, because they are unable to make ends meet as it is. It is very disheartening for me to see so many people my age unable to get the higher education they need in order to find success in their lives.
Tiffiny Mitchell, who is running to be our next District 32 representative in the state Legislature, understands what it is like to struggle to make ends meet while working to pay off her student debt. I have seen the impact Tiffiny Mitchell has had in our community through her work with Indivisible North Coast Oregon, and I know Tiffiny Mitchell will advocate for hardworking young people by fighting to make college affordable and accessible. Please join me in voting for Tiffiny Mitchell in November.