August 10, 2022

The Benefits of Best Practices

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It’s true that Clackamas County is like nowhere else on earth. We have unmatched natural beauty and scenery, and many unique attractions and features enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. That being said, there are ways to go about managing the county’s resources to provide services to residents that are both required and requested. Many jurisdictions rely on the best…

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April 27, 2022

You Can’t Have It Both Ways

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A controversy that came up in late March was yet another reminder of why I decided to run for Clackamas County Commissioner, Position 5. It demonstrated, again, why the current incumbent is out of touch and supports values that are wrong for the county and its residents. An organization called Reimagine Oregon was formed a couple of years ago and…

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April 20, 2022

Happy to Have Their Support

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Now that the May primary election is just around the corner, candidates have put together their voter pamphlet statements. Those will be mailed to voters and give candidates the chance to discuss who they are and what they stand for. Aside from candidates’ professional and prior government experience, these statements typically include endorsements they’ve received from other elected officials, prominent…

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April 13, 2022

More Metro Mission Creep

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One of my core philosophies is that the government should work on doing a handful of things and try to do them as well as possible. Where government agencies frequently run into problems is when they try to do too much and lose focus on those things they’re supposed to be doing in the first place. The State of Oregon…

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April 6, 2022

Part of the Problem

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Back in 2016, voters in Clackamas County took a chance and chosen then-Commissioner Jim Bernard to serve in the chair position. They also voted Ken Humberston onto the board of county commissioners that same election. Because Bernard had previously been a commissioner, that meant his seat would become vacant. A replacement would have to be appointed. The newly left-leaning board…

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March 23, 2022

What Do We Have to Show for Metro?

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Many people don’t know this, but Metro has been around in some form or fashion for about 65 years. It began as the Metropolitan Service District in 1957 and ran under that name until 1966, at which point it became the Columbia Region Association of Governments. A statewide ballot measure passed in 1978 that created its current incarnation. So what…

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March 16, 2022

Local Government Matters

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As a longtime Wilsonville resident, I’ve gotten to watch the traffic through town get gradually worse over the years. What began as your typical rush hour years ago now extends for several hours and often sitting bumper to bumper on I-5 on Saturdays and Sundays. These kinds of traffic issues are especially concerning to me in my role as a…

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March 9, 2022

Availability and Affordability

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Housing is, and has been, a huge issue, especially in Clackamas County and the Portland metropolitan area. It’s easy to see why—constant increases in rent and housing prices have been straining household budgets for years now. However, when politicians talk about “affordable housing,” it’s taken on a different meaning. It’s become a euphemism for subsidized housing and other expensive government-run…

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January 19, 2022

Doing Housing the Right Way

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For as long as anyone can remember, part of the American Dream has always included owning a nice home with a small yard. However, that dream has become increasingly unobtainable for young families in Clackamas County, the Portland region and throughout Oregon. One of my top priorities as a county commissioner candidate is to create the conditions for more people…

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