Clackamas County has a good archetype of opposites on the fall ballot. Democrat Scott Mills, a long-time trade union member and Aurora city councilor, is challenging Republican Vic Gilliam in House District 18; it stretches from just outside Canby all the way into southern Marion County. Rep. Gilliam brings a big wallet to the race, tending to reflect his political philosophy of more for the rich and less for everybody else. Mills, chair of the local painter’s union, is gaining confidence, despite a strong Republican edge in voter registration. Forty percent of the district is in Clackamas County.
By Peter Toll
While the Big Money Goons have already made their ugly mark in Clackamas County, their newest target is an incumbent Republican legislator who represents a chunk of the southern end of our county.
Forty percent of Rep. Vic Gilliam’s House District 18 is in Clackamas County. The Silverton resident is also chair of the Marion County Republican Party. Those tea party-dominated Marion Repubs chose not to endorse him for re-election. Too liberal. Continue reading