The going price is 90-thousand dollars.
The financial backers of Trump-Lite Clackamas County Commissioners John Ludlow and Tootie Smith have gone all-in.
Wealthy Portland real estate developers have increased the ante to $90,000. The recipients are Commission Chairman Ludlow and Commissioner Smith. The two have been the driving force behind plans to develop pristine farm and recreational land near Wilsonville. Continue reading
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
By Peter Toll
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
By Peter Toll
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
By Tom Kane
The Clackamas County Commission has recently sided with wealthy special interests to undermine Oregon’s nationally recognized land-use planning and rural reserves. John Ludlow has spearheaded an effort to aid individual land speculators seeking to profit off destroying Oregon farms and promoting California sprawl. And this is the man who ran on the slogan, “Stop Portland Creep.”
What is worse is that the Ludlow/Smith faction of the commission is using taxpayer money to blatantly aid the cause of these land speculators. The commission (with Jim Bernard voting “No”) budgeted nearly half a million dollars to essentially serve as a propaganda arm of wealthy speculators. In turn these speculators are active contributors to candidates like Ludlow and Smith, who are using taxpayer money to undermine Oregon laws and our rural land reserves.
These elections are crucial if we are to stand up for Oregon values. Get involved and contact local leaders to help elect responsible county leadership:
Jim Bernard to replace John Ludlow as chair of the commission
Ken Humberston to replace Tootie Smith on the commission
Martha Schrader to retain her position on the commission
By Craig Stephens
Open for Business
Voters have put up with the shenanigans and vindictive behavior of John Ludlow and Tootie Smith long enough. Maintaining and improving roads in Clackamas County need to be funded and implemented to support manufacturing, distribution, and farm transit. Timber money has all but disappeared, property tax cannot be used for road maintenance, and gas tax revenue is not enough to keep up with urgent repairs and safety improvements. The funding shortfall has been allowed to escalate to $17 million annually and is increasing each year. A leader is needed to take the best path for our pocketbooks and continue down it for immediate benefit and with a clear plan. Continue reading