By Peter Toll
Clackamas County Democrats are quietly reveling over the recent local election.
It has to be quiet because, while we had no impact on legislative seats, our strength in the two important Clackamas County Commission races was measurable.
Jim Bernard, former Milwaukie mayor and long-time county commissioner, will replace John Ludlow as chair in January. (Next week’s commission meeting on the 15th should prove interesting as it is probably the last for Ludlow at the helm.) Bernard was a strong winner.
Ken Humberston, who lives in rural Oregon City and helped create peace and progress on the once embattled Clackamas River Water District board, was the big surprise. He came from well behind to top Tootie Smith by some 600 votes; she had amassed 47 percent against Humberston and Sandy Mayor Bill King in the primary. Continue reading