Tag Archives: Clackamas County Commission

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


Reprinted by permission from County Commissioner Ken Humberston

Ken Humberston

Last year Clackamas county did not receive any grant money from Metro because of the “strained” relationship. This year we were able to resolve the Stafford “impasse” with Metro and the 3 cities that surround Stafford. Now this:

County awarded planning and housing grants from Metro

On Oct. 26, the Metro Council approved two grant applications that Clackamas County submitted earlier this year for Metro 2040 Community Planning and Development Funds. Continue reading

Around the County: Candidates — Devlin Out, Collette Out, Johnson Out; Who’s In?

By Peter Toll

With about one year until the next general election and just seven months to the primary, candidates are facing new challenges as at least three incumbents in Clackamas County have announced their pending resignations from office.

Topping the list is State Senator Richard Devlin, co-chair of the Legislature’s powerful Joint Ways & Means Committee. The Democrat from Tualatin serving Lake Oswego and West Linn is being appointed to the Northwest Power Planning and Conservation Council by Gov. Kate Brown. His letter of resignation will follow Senate confirmation Nov. 15. Continue reading

COUNTY COMMISSION NEWS: a week and a half

Reprinted by permission from County Commissioner Ken Humberston

Ken Humberston

This last week and a half have been busy. We have met with Gladstone for the signing ceremony of our library settlement, reviewed our legislative agenda, Family Justice center report, I met with Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick, had a CLT update, lunched with the Estacada chamber of commerce, had our regular business meeting and last weekend attended the DPO conference in SunRiver.

This week began with a tour and demonstration at Schellenberg Technical school where students learn about tech, television , radio and all the professions surrounding the electronic media.You may have seen Chair Bernard trying out the Virtual Reality equipment on Facebook recently. We also met with representatives from the Concord Partnership to discuss the future of Concord elementary and the library possibilities at the site. Continue reading

When Government Works Right: County Board Saves Big Taxpayer Money

For those who look at government as little more than spend, spend, spend, show them this. Clackamas County is providing a wealth of used computers, laptops and the like to schools throughout the county. What’s more, they are providing Internet service to schools and other government agencies in the county for $250 per month, to replace a private vendor costing each agency $10,000 per month. What a great idea. Thanks to Commissioner Ken Humberston for sending the link