April 7, 2020

The Importance of Law and Order

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Throughout my campaign for chair of the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners, I’ve emphasized the need to focus on the most essential of services. And out of all of them, law and order is arguably the most critical. When I served on the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners from 2013 to 2017, I strived to ensure that county residents had…

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April 2, 2020

Saving for a Rainy Day Before It Starts Pouring

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Everyone is aware of the immediate impacts of the coronavirus, with regular news reports on the numbers of infections, deaths, product shortages, closures and restrictions on peoples’ daily activities. But much less obvious are its short and long-term impacts on the economy, businesses, household finances and government budgets. It’s always been my philosophy that government budgets should more closely resemble…

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March 31, 2020

Leadership in Times of Crisis

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Now, more than ever, citizens need to know that their local governments and the officials in them have adequately prepared for any disasters that may arise. That is one of the many reasons why I became certified through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). When I served as Clackamas County Commissioner from 2013 to 2017, I realized that there was…

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March 26, 2020

My Record on Taxes and Spending

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One of the biggest reasons I’m running for chair of the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners is the continued fiscal irresponsibility being shown by that body. I strongly feel that the county is on the wrong track when it comes to taxing and spending, and I am determined to fix it. Throughout my years of public service, I’ve faced many…

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March 24, 2020

Why I Became FEMA Certified

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I became FEMA certified because I wanted to ensure that our citizens had best in class knowledge and preparedness services should an emergency or disaster arise. When I was a county commissioner, we had the foresight to realize that we were lacking in preparedness for a county with 1.2 million acres. It was here I realized I had to do something, and I volunteered to…

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March 17, 2020

My Approach to Taxing and Spending

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Politicians often scoff at the idea that government agencies should budget the way that businesses and households do. We’ve seen the disastrous consequences of that approach at every level of government, from the trillions of dollars of federal debt right down to the local level here in Clackamas County. Think about the way you balance your checkbook every month. You…

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March 12, 2020

A Common Sense Approach to Transportation

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Are you getting tired of sitting in traffic for longer commutes while watching politicians do literally everything but build and fix roads? I am, and it’s one of the reasons I’m running for chair of the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners. I’ve always considered transportation one of the most important functions of government at all levels. It’s critical that people…

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March 10, 2020

How to Handle Homelessness

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Everyone knows that rampant homelessness is a huge issue in the Portland area. But what people don’t know is that there is a solution available that Clackamas County can use immediately to help solve it. The current Clackamas County Board of Commissioners is blaming the area’s growing homelessness on budget cuts. This is, unfortunately, just an attempt to hold taxpayers’…

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March 5, 2020

Standing with Timber Unity

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The legislative Super Majority continues to show its clear contempt for Oregon’s rural residents, with an ill-conceived cap and trade bill being proposed in Salem. Fortunately, Senators and Representatives in the Legislature have walked out of the session to prevent its passage. Also helping in the fight is that 28 of Oregon’s 36 counties, representing the vast majority of its…

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