Tag Archives: Candidates

Around the County — 10/6/17

Candidates Keep Popping Up

By Peter Toll

With the primary election in just over eight months and the general more than a year off, some candidates are getting an early start. And while the early bird may get the worm, it is also said the tortoise wins the race.

The name of Happy Valley Mayor Lori DeRemer, a Republican, is popping up again in the rumor mill. She’s said to be looking seriously at the race for Oregon governor. Incumbent Kate Brown and GOP State Rep. Knute Buehler, of Bend, are already in.

DeRemer’s last go at higher office was unsuccessful last year when she lost the race for the open state representative seat in District 51 to Democrat Janelle Bynum. However, Buehler has some seriously early help via a check for $500,000 (yep, 500 large) from Nike founder Phil Knight. (There oughta be a law . . . no, make that a constitutional amendment to ban such obscenely huge donations.) Continue reading

Around the County — 9/21/17

Election Update: Filings, Other Political Grapevine Stuff

Peter Toll

By Peter Toll

Early indications in Clackamas County portend an interesting election season as filing has opened for the May 15, 2018, primary. Take a look:

County Commissioner. Sonya Fischer, (D) of Lake Oswego, has made it clear she wants to keep her appointed seat on that body. The self-described fighter for the forgotten people in our society was one of the first to file for election. No opponents have surfaced yet, though ex-commissioner Tootie Smith, (R) of Molalla, may be looking at it.

County Commissioner. Paul Savas, (R) of Oak Grove, is the only Republican on the commission. He won his primary in 2014 with 51.1 percent so there was no general election for him. Who will go against him this time? The door is wide open. Continue reading

INSIDE COUNTY POLITICS: Clackamas Could Create the Decider

By Peter Toll

This year’s legislature is still in hand-to-hand combat, politically speaking, as legislators jostle and flay to pass their favorite bills before July 6 adjournment while also positioning themselves for next year’s elections.

Lacking the three-fifths majority required to pass tax bills, House Republicans are holding hostage our schools, our roads, and our ability to invest in our future. The 60-member House needs one more Democratic vote to reach the three-fifths requirement to raise the revenues required to fund infrastructure improvements, improve education, fund single payer health care, and fulfill our obligation to retirees. When Republicans were in control a few years ago they were thinking of moments just like this when they dropped the traditional majority rules rule – except for tax bills.

True to form, House Republicans are voting (or not) as a bloc to exacerbate Oregon’s fiscal problems by refusing to modernize an outdated tax system that favors big business. Just one more vote is needed. Continue reading

From the Left Bank
County Election Results: The Candidates

By Peter Toll

Ballot DropDespite our efforts to upset an applecart here and there in last week’s elections, Clackamas County will send five Democratic members to Oregon’s House of Representatives in January and five Republicans. We also have five Senators, of which three are Democrats and two are Republican. In other words, they tend to accurately represent the voter registration of 229,859 in the county, which is pretty even (R-D) with a 2,000 or so bump for the Democrats. No changes of power here.

We didn’t lose any of our incumbents. Representatives retained on the Democratic side are Ann Lininger, Lake Oswego; Brent Barton, Oregon City; Jeff Reardon, East Portland; Shemia Fagan, Happy Valley; and newcomer Kathleen Taylor, of southerly SE Portland, retained for Democrats the seat formerly held by Carolyn Tomei, Milwaukie. Barton and Fagan, as freshmen, faced the strongest challenges with Barton beating Steve Newgard again, 53.8 percent to 45.7 percent. Fagan beat Jodi Bailey, also of Happy Valley, 52.3 to 47.2 percent. (All discrepancies due to write-ins, lesser candidates.) Continue reading

From the Left Bank
Ludlow Loses Battle Against $1.67/Mo ‘Tax,’ Other Goodies

By Peter Toll

ludlow-20County Chair John Ludlow got lathered lately when he went to the Oregon City City Council and asked it to rescind a $1.67 per household fee they’re imposing on folks in Oregon City, Gladstone, and West Linn served by the Tri-City Service District, which operates the sewage treatment plant for those cities. (Add 11 cents per household in Oregon City.) Councilors all but ignored him.

Whining that the $1.67 per month is a “tax” by one municipality against others, Ludlow (with support of Gladstone and West Linn mayors) wanted Oregon City to stop the practice immediately. No soap, said Oregon City, we need the money to operate the plant. In case you missed it, Ludlow was complaining about one dollar and sixty-seven cents per month on a household, not per capita. Continue reading