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
Commissioner Sonya Fischer
Just a few months ago, Clackamas County had three Republican County Commissioners and two Democrats. Today there are four Democrats and one Republican. But only two seats changed in the last election.
It works like this: Jim Bernard was in the middle of a four-year term when he ran successfully against Tea Party exponent John Ludlow for the chairmanship. Ludlow’s term was over. Literally. Continue reading
Sonya Fischer has been unanimously appointed as Clackamas County Commissioner, Position #5.
Fischer is an attorney with local law firm Fischer Family Law. She is a former Legislative Director for the Oregon Department of Human Services. She holds a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School, a Master of Public Administration from Portland State University, and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology/Social Work from Warner Pacific College. Fischer lives in Lake Oswego. Continue reading