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    The TRUTH Behind Oregon’s Fentanyl State of Emergency

    The TRUTH Behind Oregon’s Fentanyl State of Emergency

    On January 30th, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, Multnomah County Chair Jessica Vega Pederson, and Governor Tina Kotek declared a state of emergency in a last-ditch effort to address the state’s deadly fentanyl crisis which has already claimed thousands of lives....

    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...

    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...

    Expanding Housing Options in Rural Oregon: Senate Bill 1013’s Impact on RV Living

    Published on TheChronicleOnline.com Senate Bill 1013 offers a pragmatic solution to the housing shortage in rural Oregon by allowing the placement of one recreational vehicle on rural residential properties, effectively broadening housing options. Championed by Senators Cedric Hayden, David Brock...

    Investing in Our Communities

    As the chair of the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners, one of my most important jobs is to ensure that we spend public resources in ways that best benefit our residents. Not only does that include county property tax revenues,...

    Is Oregon in Denial?

    I love Oregon. My family has called this state home for multiple generations. In fact, I still live not too far from the farm where I grew up with my parents and two siblings. I’m a proud graduate of local...

    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...

    Too Little, Too Late

    Housing is, and has been, one of the top issues for the citizens of Clackamas County for years now. The simple fact of the matter is that the amount of available housing has not kept up with the demand created...