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Inside Salem

from Rep. Jeff Helfrich

Inside Salem

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, I have been reflecting on the important role all the mothers in my life have had in where I am today. From my own mother, who I miss every day, to watching my own wife be the mother to our two children. It is important to recognize the invaluable impact mothers have upon our lives. Motherhood is a sacred and selfless journey that encompasses boundless love, unwavering sacrifice and unparalleled strength. From the moment of conception, mothers embark on a lifelong commitment to nurturing, guiding, and supporting their children, instilling in them the values of compassion, resilience and integrity. I know mine did.

Outside of their own families, mothers play a pivotal role in fostering social cohesion and stability. They often serve as the primary caregivers, educators and role models, imparting invaluable lessons that transcend generations. They cultivate a sense of empathy, kindness, and solidarity within our communities, laying the foundation for a more compassionate society. Many are unsung heroes juggling multiple responsibilities with grace and fortitude.

Despite all the value they bring to our society, it is hard not to see the barriers and challenges that undermine their well-being and potential. One of the greatest challenges we face in our state is inadequate access to affordable childcare, which often hinders a mother’s ability to help provide for their families. As a legislative body we have taken steps to try and remedy this; however, there is much still to be done on this front. I am reminded of a young mother who came to my office this last legislative session and shared her experiences of going through community college in order to get one of the new jobs available through the semiconductor industry, an industry that is growing in our state. While her degree and career gave her hope for a better future, she did express some of the challenges that still faced her, childcare being one of them. As legislators, it’s incumbent upon us to champion policies and initiatives that empower and support mothers in every facet of their lives.

On this Mother’s Day, I pause to express my profound gratitude to the mothers who have shaped our lives. Whether they are biological mothers, adoptive mothers, foster mothers, or maternal figures, let us honor their unwavering love, sacrifice and resilience. To all the mothers out there, I extend my heartfelt wishes for a Happy Mother’s Day. May your day be filled with love, joy, and cherished memories, and may you always know how deeply valued and admired you are for the remarkable role you play in shaping the future of our world.

As always, you can reach me at or 503-986-1452. My office and I would love to hear from you.

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