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Two have been lobbyists in Salem, and one was a field representative for U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley.

Washington County has a new team of three to advocate its priorities at all levels of government.

Erin Doyle comes to the county from the League of Oregon Cities, where she spent six years. She will keep an eye on land use and transportation issues, economic development, and the Strategic Investment Program and Gain Share. Under the Strategic Investment Program, counties may negotiate property tax breaks for investments of $100 million or more, which qualify for Gain Share payments from the state budget to help offset property tax losses.

The Gain Share legislation dates back to 2007, although the current law took effect in 2015. Washington County has received the most from Gain Share payments.

Jagjit Nagra was field representative for U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley for almost four years. He will keep an eye on public safety issues and aspects of general government, including property assessment and taxation, elections, personnel and public records.

Paige Spence was coalition director of the Oregon Conservation Network for the Oregon League of Conservation Voters. She will keep track of health and human services issues, and the federal Community Development Block Grant program. She has also worked for Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish and state Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, D-Beaverton.

Jonathan Schlueter, who had been the county's government relations manager for the past seven years, left that job in August. Jim McCauley, who was also on the government relations team for 11 years, became legislative director for the League of Oregon Cities prior to the 2019 session. A third position was created but left vacant until now.


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