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Around The County

They’re Lining Up for Clackamas 2020 Elections

By Peter Toll

Our primary elections are not until May, 2020, but the troops are amassing their forces in hopes of election, unseating incumbents, and otherwise bringing some action to the local side of the ballot.

Before then, in November of this year, several special elections will occur in Happy Valley, West Linn, and West Linn-Wilsonville Schools, among others.  Too, Metro, which covers about half our county, has an election to extend its natural resources/park bond, a proposal which will extend but not increase bond revenues.  Little controversy is expected in this election.

At the federal level:

Both of Clackamas County’s incumbent Democratic Members of Congress, Earl Blumenauer in the 3rd District and Kurt Schrader of the 5th District, have primary opponents.  

Blumenauer is being challenged by Albert Lee, of Portland, a newcomer to the political scene, while Schrader has drawn Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba.  Lee is a very long shot but Gamba, who has a serious following, will put up more of a fight.  Raising money will be the key issue for both challengers.

At the county level:

County Chair Jim Bernard has filed for re-election.  And former legislator Tootie Smith, who lost her own commission re-election bid four years ago, has filed against him.  This will be a donnybrook.

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Around the County – 4/26/17

We Wind Up Paying Bigger Bills When GOP Shirks Responsibility

By Peter Toll

One of the problems with Republicans is the first thing they do is start dismantling stuff in an effort to “get government off our backs” and, at the same time, lower taxes. Republicans now controlling all branches of the federal government remind us of their short-sighted propensities daily.

The best local examples of this foolishness in office are John Ludlow and Tootie Smith, recently unelected Clackamas County Commissioners. They almost literally fiddled while the county’s roads and infrastructure all but collapsed around them over the past four years. Continue reading

An Important Letter from Four Clackamas County Mayors

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l-r: Mayors Axelrod (West Linn), Gamba (Milwaukie), Holladay (Oregon City), and Knapp (Wilsonville)

Voters of Clackamas County:

The last four years have been hard on Clackamas County. Working relationships with other area governments have suffered. Positive forward progress has largely stopped. Lawsuits, acrimony and conflict have flourished. County staff morale appears at an all time low. A citizen itemized $3.4 million of public money has been unnecessarily wasted by Clackamas County actions. Continue reading

County Commission Races Offer Serious Choices

By Peter Toll

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Hardworking Clackamas County Democrats can share the credit for success in key local non-partisan primary election races as they gear up for the fall. Here’s a brief look at the results and some key campaign issues. Continue reading

Big Challenges in County Races

By Peter Toll

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Leadership is on the line for Clackamas County as incumbent County Chair John Ludlow is under serious attack on three fronts, while two other county commissioners face their own election challenges.

Lackluster Ludlow, known more for bullying than any serious accomplishments in his more than three years in office, faces challenges by two mid-term colleagues on the commission. Jim Bernard and Paul Savas retain their seats if they lose this or the November election.

Also introducing himself into the anti-Ludlow candidates is the only non-commissioner, Oregon City Mayor Dan Holladay. He thinks all three of his opponents act like children and he’d be the adult who could step in and bring order out of the Ludlow-led chaos.

While this is officially a non-partisan race, Ludlow is a staunch Republican who was put into office in 2012 by the tea partiers under an anti-Metro, anti-Portland, anti-mass transit, and anti-tax banner. Ludlow has reflected their interest. He has alienated Metro to the point where Clackamas County is off the radar for Metro grants, usually helpful assistance on regional issues and cooperation. The county is at a low point in regional respect. Continue reading