Connecting with Voters in Diverse SD13: Interviews with Paul Diller and Sarah Grider

As the May 15 primary nears, we asked several candidates to respond to a few questions of interest to Clackamas County voters. Below is a Q&A with both Paul Diller of Wilsonville and Sarah Grider of Newberg, who are Democrats seeking to unseat incumbent Republican Kim Thatcher, of Keizer, for Senate District 13.

Note this article previously reported the wrong date for the Primary Election.  Polls close at 8pm on Tuesday May 15th! 

   

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Standing and District Committees March Meeting Roundup

We’re pleased to share the highlights below from Standing and District Committee meetings held in March.

Communications Committee, March 29; chaired by Simon Springall

With the May primary approaching, we reviewed the schedule for writing, designing, and printing slate cards, so we have in time for Neighborhood Leaders and others to use them. That led to a discussion of how we could best support Democratic primary candidates in important races. We decided on several priority candidates whom we will contact to request interviews that we will post on the website and promote via social media. Continue reading

Key Role for Voters in May Primary

This year’s May 15 primary is shaping up to be very interesting in Clackamas County. Looking at some key races where voters will decide the standard bearer:

House District 18 has eight precincts in southern Clackamas County and a spanking new Republican appointee in the seat. Rick Lewis, former Silverton police chief and later mayor, is challenged by Democrats Doug Culver and Barry Shapiro, both of Silverton. Lewis is seen as lackluster. Possible upset.

HD26 has four precincts in Wilsonville, and that’s where Democrat Ryan Spiker lives. Incumbent Republican Richard Vial, a first-termer, has a GOP primary challenger, too, in the district that stretches north to King City and west to Hillsboro. Registration changes have made 26 a Democratic district now, but Spiker has work to do. Continue reading

Health Care, Education, the Environment: An Interview with HD37 Candidate Rachel Prusak

As the May 15 primary nears, we asked several candidates to respond to a few questions of interest to Clackamas County voters. Below is a Q&A with Rachel Prusak of West Linn, who is running for House District 37 representative.

Question: If elected as state representative, what are the three main priorities that you would hope to accomplish while in office?

Prusak: There are many issues to be addressed, but my top three issues are health care, education, and the environment. They are all related, and access is at the center of them all. Though Oregon has made great strides in recent years to provide access to quality, affordable health care, there are still too many Oregonians who lack access. Continue reading

Another ‘Oops!’ Our County Clerk Violated Law This Time

Our Clackamas County clerk’s miscues and mistakes are almost legendary. From the worker caught altering ballots, the clerk’s refusal to sign any marriage certificate so that she doesn’t have to sign same sex ones, public money wasted on signature verification equipment, the list is long. (See A ballot-tampering probe highlights a history of problems under the Clackamas County Clerk. )

As bad as these and the rest are, they are not as serious as being found guilty of violating election law. Continue reading

Platform Convention Reflections Part 2: Defending the French

In the midst of a discussion about expanding the role of government to enhance social protections, a delegate arose and cited France as an example of government intervention into the economy run amok. The delegate cited France’s slow GNP growth and overall sluggish economy.

Indeed France’s unemployment rate is about 5 percent higher than the U.S. However, French productivity has exceeded the U.S.’s from 1985 through 2010. But these economic numbers, which are routinely used to determine the health of an economy, miss the mark. The measure of success of any economy isn’t how much wealth it has or even how much it creates. The measure of a successful economy must be the welfare of the people who are served by the economy. Continue reading