© 2024 Paid for by Friends of Tootie Smith, #20116. All rights reserved. Services by burnett media group. Hosting by Hostdoodle.

      Putting Public Safety First

      Putting Public Safety First

      In Clackamas County, public safety isn't just a talking point thrown around to win cheap political points – it's a priority. This commission has remained steadfast in its commitment to end the importation of disastrous policies of Portland Creep. This...

      Portland Lets Suspect in State’s Biggest Fentanyl Drug Bust Walk Free

      Recently, Oregon reached a grim milestone: the state's largest fentanyl drug bust. What could have been a heartening story of textbook police work, the prevention of countless overdoses, and the halting of a dangerous criminal is instead a glaring indictment...

      We can stop tolling permanently!

      Plans are underway to toll the essential freeways we rely on every day in Clackamas County for our transportation needs, but we can stop it! Some people might not know this, but the Portland metropolitan area is already under study...

      Just Say No to Measure 110

      It’s well past time to admit the obvious: Measure 110, which decriminalized extremely dangerous drugs, has been a disaster. Presented to voters as the “Drug Addiction and Recovery Act,” this ill-conceived measure is actively destroying the quality of life for...

      Housing Programs That Work

      Despite what people may think and what they read and hear in the press, we’ve actually had a huge reduction in homelessness in Clackamas County over the last year. And we have the data to prove it. According to the...

      It’s official: There will be no tolling on I-5 or I-205 for at least the next couple of years.

      Governor Kotek has directed the Oregon Department of Transportation to put a stop to those plans until 2026. At one point, it was considered inevitable. We were told it was a foregone conclusion. But those of us who were against...

      It Takes All of Us – A Community-Centric Approach to Solving Homelessness

      By Tootie Smith Chair, Clackamas County Commission We all agree communities face the monumental task of addressing homelessness, drug addiction, and mental health across Oregon.  While we did not create this crisis, as elected leaders it is our responsibility to...

      The Short End of the Stick

      For over 40 years, Clackamas County has lacked the ability to control its own destiny. That’s how long the county and its residents have been subjected to the additional layer of government, bureaucracy, taxation and regulations that have accompanied our...

      Armchair Quarterbacks Should Stay on the Sidelines

      When I ran for chair of the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners in 2020, I knew what the position entailed. I knew that once elected, I would face the task of getting a majority of my fellow commissioners to agree...

      Putting the Cart Before the Horse

      It’s no secret that I’ve been a vocal critic of Metro throughout the multiple decades of my life as an elected public official. Even prior to my stints as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives and Clackamas County...