By Peter Toll
Clackamas County has a new legislator, and history repeats itself.
Silverton Mayor Rick Lewis was selected by commissioners from Marion and Clackamas Counties to succeed Vic Gilliam, also of Silverton, in the Oregon House of Representatives. Gilliam, very ill with Lou Gehrig’s disease, resigned Jan. 30 after his re-election in District 18.
Oregon law dictates that a replacement be from the same party (Republican, in this case,) and come from a short list of candidates submitted to commissioners by local party representatives. As Marion has more people in District 18 than Clackamas does, votes were appropriately weighted. Continue reading
Clackamas County has a good archetype of opposites on the fall ballot. Democrat Scott Mills, a long-time trade union member and Aurora city councilor, is challenging Republican Vic Gilliam in House District 18; it stretches from just outside Canby all the way into southern Marion County. Rep. Gilliam brings a big wallet to the race, tending to reflect his political philosophy of more for the rich and less for everybody else. Mills, chair of the local painter’s union, is gaining confidence, despite a strong Republican edge in voter registration. Forty percent of the district is in Clackamas County.
By Peter Toll
While the Big Money Goons have already made their ugly mark in Clackamas County, their newest target is an incumbent Republican legislator who represents a chunk of the southern end of our county.
Forty percent of Rep. Vic Gilliam’s House District 18 is in Clackamas County. The Silverton resident is also chair of the Marion County Republican Party. Those tea party-dominated Marion Repubs chose not to endorse him for re-election. Too liberal. Continue reading