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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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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