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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March 30, 2022

Managing Our Forests to Reduce the Risks

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Even though Clackamas County is considered suburban, the truth is that the vast majority of it consists of small towns in rural areas. I think that’s an important perspective to keep in mind as I campaign for Position 5 on the board of county commissioners. I’ve been fortunate enough to serve my community as a member of the Wilsonville City…

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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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December 1, 2021

Ben West runs for Clackamas County Board of Commissioners

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Published in Pamplin Media Group – Wilsonville Spokesman “I enjoy public service and find a lot of fulfillment in that, and I think in my first full term on City Council I’ve been able to be effective and learn a lot … and think some of my skill set is conducive to being a county commissioner. I’m looking to serve…

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