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Area residents weigh in on candidates and issues facing voters on Nov. 6 general election.

Mayors are supporting

regional housing plan

Our region provides an amazing quality of life for so many who live here. But the growing pains in our communities are very real. People are struggling with housing costs. It's an increasing refrain we've heard from those who live in our cities.

When you look at the facts, it's not surprising: The average fair market rent for a two-bedroom apartment in the metro area today is $1,330. A working family of four would need to earn more than $53,000 — or $25.48 an hour — to afford that apartment, and have enough left over for basics like food, utilities and medicine. That's more than twice the minimum wage.

There are not enough homes that are affordable for people who live and work in our region, especially those earning close to minimum wage. As mayors in the Portland metro area, we hear from a lot of families who are worried for the first time about losing their home, or know they may be one missed paycheck or one more rent hike away from losing the roof over their heads.

With housing prices continuing to rise, we are at risk for losing what makes our cities strong. Nurses, first responders, teachers, office workers, trades people and others are pushed to the margins, no longer able to afford to live in their neighborhood. Instead of living near their workplace, people are forced into longer commutes, crowding our transportation system. That means rising costs for roads and transit, not to mention the extra hours for those of us commuting in cars, buses, and trains.

The experience is shared by people in all of our communities. As mayors in our region, we know we must act.

That's why we're united in support of Measure 26-199, the regional affordable housing bond.

This regional bond can provide affordable housing for about 12,000 people by creating 3,900 affordable homes if Measure 102 — a statewide measure that has no formal opposition — is also approved.

Voting "yes" on Measure 26-199 will create permanent and affordable homes for people who live and work in our community today, and it will help tens of thousands over time because the homes will be permanently affordable. This is the right and necessary step to take now to ensure our communities are safe and accessible for all.

It's vital that our precious tax dollars are used efficiently and thoughtfully. Measure 26-199 includes local control, with experienced local housing authorities and jurisdictions like ours working in partnership with Metro to implement the bond and tailor solutions to meet local needs. Resources will be divided in proportion to total assessed value within each county. The measure also requires community oversight, and annual audits.

The affordable housing crisis is one of the biggest problems in our communities. It's not often that we have the opportunity to help solve one of our biggest problems for just $5 a month, the bond's cost to the average household. Voters have the power to give local governments a powerful tool to help address our housing crisis, and get more of our community members into a stable, affordable home. Please vote "yes" on Measure 26-199.

Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle

Durham Mayor Gery Schirado

Forest Grove Mayor Pete Truax

Gladstone Mayor Tammy Stempel

Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler

Wilsonville Mayor Tim Knapp

West Linn Mayor Russell Axelrod

Brown is by far best

on educational issues

I began my professional career as a high school teacher. I taught for 10 years then spent another 23 working everyday with teachers and classified staff. I am currently the chair of the House Education Committee. I understand the issues facing Oregon's schools. In fact, I have lived through decades of unstable funding and roller coaster budgets. I have seen and heard many solutions, both practical and politically motivated, and frankly, Republican Knute Buehler would be a disaster for Oregon schools.

As a state representative, Buehler voted against increasing funding for our schools twice. Now he is saying that is his first order of business, if elected, and will take $1.2 billion from the retirements of teachers and other public employees.

Every teacher working today would see their retirement benefit cut by a whopping 40 percent. Adding insult to injury, after he caps teachers' salaries and cuts their salaries, he wants to give them a $250 gift card to buy school supplies. I am so offended by the insensitivity of that action to educators who spend far more out of their pockets for supplies and teaching materials.

The way out of this crisis is not by handing out gift cards. It is by adequately funding our classrooms and honoring promises made to our teachers, which is exactly what Gov. Kate Brown will do when we re-elect her. She has been a strong educational leader. She helped secure a 22 percent increase in school funding; helped with the greatest increase in graduation rates; and invested in community colleges and job training.

It is not surprising that Buehler's proposals are deeply unpopular with voters. In a recent poll, 62 percent oppose funding education improvements through cuts to teachers' pay and retirement benefits. Just think about it: Would we ever try to pay for roads and bridges by cutting pay from construction workers? Would we pay for health care by cutting pay of doctors or nurses? Never.

We have more work to do and Kate Brown will continue to strengthen schools.

Rep. Margaret Doherty

Tigard

Housing measure needed

for Washington County

I was pleased the Beaverton Valley Times Editorial Board recently endorsed Measure 26-199, the regional measure to build affordable housing. I, too, support this measure. Hard-working people in our community need access to homes they can afford and this measure is an important part of the solution.

At Washington County, we rely heavily on non-profit organizations to help us meet the basic needs of our people. In partnership with the county, organizations like Community Action provide rent and energy assistance, access to affordable childcare and shelter. Organizations like Community Partners for Affordable Housing and Bienestar provide affordable housing and piece together the support systems to help people succeed.

These organizations are telling us: we need more affordable housing; that more and more people are coming to them for housing help; and the need far outpaces the supply.

Measure 26-199 asks voters to approve a bond to build and preserve affordable housing for people who live and work in Washington County. And Measure 102 will stretch these dollars even farther. For our families, seniors and veterans this is a necessary and important investment in our community.

I ask the voters in Washington County to join me in voting "yes" on both Measure 26-199 and Measure 102.

Washington County Commissioner Dick Schouten

Beaverton

Vote for Measure 106,

stand up for children

Fifteen years ago my birth mother had a choice, and she chose to give me life. I would have chosen to live, of course, if I had the option, but I had no choice in whether or not she picked abortion or adoption. My birth mother gave me a voice, and my adoptive parents gave me a family.

They also encouraged me to use my voice to tell my story and stand up for people who can't fight for themselves. When I found out that our state government decided that all women in Oregon can have free abortions for any reason, at any time during their pregnancy, it made me angry and sad. I spent two weeks this summer in Africa, helping care for orphans in Uganda. I want to spend my life helping children, not silencing them. And I don't want a portion of the money that I earn to pay for someone else to harm their baby.

We as Oregonians need to stand up for our next generation. My generation. I'm not old enough yet to vote, but please stand up for all the young women in our state who don't have a voice. Please vote "yes" on Measure 106.

Karlyn Dobson

Sherwood

Good to see Oregonians

rally against Measure 105

It's disheartening to see attacks on immigrants in this country by President Trump, so seeing many passionate volunteers give their time and passion to the "No on 105" campaign gave me hope that Oregon is not lost. I applaud everybody who's knocking on doors, making calls and spreading the word to vote "No on 105!"

Oregon should never turn into the ugly place that President Trump and the anti-immigrant OFIR (Oregonians for Immigration Reform) want it to be: A place where even more immigrant families will be torn apart by our law enforcement, simply because of the color of their skin or the accent they speak with.

If Measure 105 passes, Oregon police could do just that, use our local taxpayer funds to team up with federal agents to target people based on how they look. Don't let this happen! Oregon voters should vote "no" on 105 to keep in place an important law that protects against racial profiling.

We must continue to strive to be a welcoming state that values diversity and fairness. After all, everyone except the American Indians, are immigrants to America!

Suzan Lindstrom

Tigard

More teachers in

Salem; safer schools

I am a patent litigation attorney who has represented women seeking protection under the Federal Abuse Prevention Act. I was glad to see Oregon last year enact a law (SB 719) allowing judges to take guns away from someone the judge determines poses an extreme risk of suicide or causing physical injury to another.

My current Representative, Rich Vial, also is a lawyer, and he voted against that bill. (I checked online and see he's been funded by the NRA in the past.) That's one reason I'll be voting against him, and for Courtney Neron for House District 26.

When Courtney taught high school, she cleared out her classroom's closets just in case the students needed a place to hide from a shooter. She's not funded by the NRA. Oregon needs more teachers and fewer lawyers in Salem, especially someone like Courtney who supports commonsense ways to make our schools safer.

John Vandenberg

Sherwood

Snider is right for

mayor of Tigard

We have lived in Tigard for over 34 years and we have raised our family here. Although we have seen many challenges through these years, such as the renovation of the downtown area and major transportation construction projects, there are unparalleled challenges facing our community now — significant population growth, dramatically increased traffic and complicated, far-reaching development decisions.

We believe that Jason Snider has the necessary skills, experience and leadership vision to meet these challenges effectively. We want to keep our community safe, livable and vibrant for future generations, so we are endorsing Jason Snider for Mayor of Tigard.

Kevin and Gail Watkins

Tigard

Support Courtney Neron

in State House race

Post card parties, daily door-knocking, donation calls … this is what a real, grassroots campaign for Oregon House Representative looks like. I know because I have seen it firsthand with candidate Courtney Neron, who is running for House District 26 against incumbent Rich Vial.

I support Courtney because residents of HD 26 deserve a representative that is in tune with the changing nature of the communities he or she serves; someone who will respond to the issues they have every day. I know Courtney will champion for our interests: children's education and safety, a living wage, accessible health care, and a habitable community for both people and nature. The constituency of the cities in HD 26 is changing and I believe we need someone who recognizes the need to reflect the values of this more diverse and growing population. 

We need to move beyond a representative whose seems to stand with those who would enrich themselves at the expense of the rest of us. Courtney gets this dynamic and what's at stake for so many people when they don't have the voice they need fighting for them. She will work for an Oregon that works for all of us.

Maddie Gavel

Sherwood

Police officers union

says vote for Snider

The Tigard Police Officers' Association proudly endorses Jason Snider for mayor of the City of Tigard.

Jason has been a strong supporter of the Tigard Police Department and has the vision needed to lead the City of Tigard in this era of financial difficulty.

As a respected leader of the city council for the last several years, Snider has the experience and a proven track record of serving the citizens of Tigard, ensuring the stability of the community. Working with law enforcement, civic groups and community partners to prioritize public safety, the safety of schools, streets, and neighborhoods — Jason Snider is the best choice for mayor of the City of Tigard.

TPOA agrees that Snider, possesses strong, consistent and effective leadership at this critical time of unprecedented service and budget reductions. We appreciate the good work that he has done in the past and look forward to Snider championing the issues that are important to law enforcement and the overall commitment he has for the City of Tigard.

Jeff Hering

Tigard

Send Doherty back to

Oregon Legislature

As a parent, I find it important that our kids have all the resources and support they need to succeed, and I'm grateful that we have a state representative in the Oregon Legislature who shares this belief — Rep. Margaret Doherty is truly an advocate for our kids and schools!

Margaret is a former educator and has been a lifelong advocate for education. Her strong support of our kids is evident not only from her work in the Legislature to increase education funding and reduce class size, but also from her volunteering for our local schools.

She understands the issues facing schools in our community because she has spent her whole career in the classroom, and as a legislator she spends her time talking to parents, teachers and students learning about what our schools need for success. This commitment to student success is why she has championed expanding school nutrition programs and increasing access to mental health professionals in our schools.

On Nov. 6, I'll be voting for Rep. Margaret Doherty because I know she is the best choice for our kids in our community.

Candice Coleman

Tigard

Firefighters union

backs Jason Snider

The Tualatin Valley Fire Fighters Union is pleased to announce the endorsement of Jason Snider for mayor of the City of Tigard.

Snider has proven a commitment to public safety while serving on the Tigard City Council. As a paramedic and former Tigard Reserve Police Officer, Snider has significant knowledge and experience that enhance his understanding of how to keep the public safe.

The Tualatin Valley Fire Fighters Union looks forward to working with Jason Snider to improve the lives of the many working families that choose to make Tigard their home.

The Tualatin Valley Fire Fighters Union agrees that Snider possesses strong, consistent and effective leadership at this critical time in Tigard. Jason Snider is the best choice for mayor of the City of Tigard.

Brian Smith

Lake Oswego

Harrington is right for

our next county chair

I am supporting Kathryn Harrington to be the next chair of the Washington County Board of Commissioners.

We met initially almost 20 years ago, through my work with the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, when she and her husband were investing in local startup companies. I have enjoyed and admired her enthusiastic work as an elected representative of the majority of Washington County residents.

With her professional background in the technology industry here in our county, and her demonstrated dedication to effective public involvement in government decision-making, I am confident that Kathryn is the right kind of person to lead the Washington County Board.

Between her long support of local businesses both large and small, her immersion in the events and activities of all parts of the county, and her sensitivity to the needs of different populations here, Kathryn will bring a thorough, positive and engaging leadership to Washington County.

I encourage your vote for Kathryn Harrington.

Jim McCreight

Beaverton

Give nod to Snider

for Tigard's mayor

I have had the opportunity to work with Jason Snider over the past several years on different committees and on some somewhat contentious community issues. I have found Jason to always be thoughtful and professional in addressing difficult issues.

Although there have been times when we have disagreed on how to approach an issue, Jason listens to what people have to say and is able to debate issues factually and respectfully without ever letting things become personal.

These skills are absolutely essential for someone who aspires to be Tigard's next mayor — and Jason has never failed to exhibit them. He will be a superb mayor for Tigard.

Elise Shearer

Tigard

Voters should support

Tigard-Tualatin levy

Tigard-Tualatin School District voters should support the 2018 levy renewal on their local ballot.

The measure will not raise taxes, but it will preserve more than 100 teaching positions in the district. It will keep class sizes manageable and support key education programs. As a former school board member and a former student in the district, we know how critical these dollars are for our local schools.

Oregon schools are severely underfunded. According to the Quality Education Commission, if the state wants to achieve its education goals, its education funding is coming up short — by about $1.7 billion in the current budget (yes, that's "billion" with a "b"). After months of Joint Committee on Student Success meetings, gubernatorial candidate statements, and legislative proposals about education, there is reason to be optimistic that 2019 might be the year that Oregon changes its trajectory and fully funds its schools.

Then again, 2019 might not be different from past years. Our Legislature may argue about revenue reform and cost containment without fundamentally changing anything about K-12 education funding. The inadequate funding system we have had since the passage of Measure 5 in 1990 may, in fact, remain.

If that happens, Tigard and Tualatin students will be left in the lurch with whatever resources we adults give them.

It's paramount that our community steps up and continues to support our children, teachers and schools. The district has proven itself a responsible steward of public dollars, competently managing a multi-million dollar budget without waste or scandal. The district has been consistently transparent in its decision making and regularly engages the public on issues big and small.

These Local Option levy dollars are truly an investment in the futures of the nearly 13,000 children and young adults whom the district serves each day. These young people will be entrepreneurs, doctors, lawyers, teachers and everything in between — and if the adults can't do it in 2019, perhaps some of the district's kids will one day help solve Oregon's education funding dilemma.

When the kids succeed and reach their full potential, we all benefit. So, please vote "yes" on Measure 34-285.

Ben Bowman, Tualatin High School Graduate

Tigard

Barry Albertson, Former TTSD School Board Member

Sherwood

Prusak is right pick

in race for House

With the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court, the stakes could not be higher for women's health and rights. That's why I'm voting for Rachel Prusak to represent Tualatin and West Linn in the Oregon House of Representatives.

As a former nurse practitioner at Planned Parenthood, Rachel believes strongly in the need for comprehensive reproductive health care to be accessible and affordable for all people.

Her opponent, State Rep. Julie Parrish, claims to be "pro-choice," but when she had the chance to protect and expand access to safe, legal abortion — at a time when Roe vs. Wade hangs by a thread — she voted "no."

When she had the chance to make Oregon the first state to guarantee a full year of birth control — which will greatly reduce the odds of an unintended pregnancy — she voted "no."

When she had the chance to protect patient privacy in insurance communications — a desperately needed fix for domestic violence survivors — she voted "no."

Worst of all, by opposing Ballot Measure 101, Julie Parrish jeopardized the health care of 1 million Oregonians — including 400,000 children.

Please join me in protecting women's health care by voting for Rachel Prusak for state representative.

Sharon Korter

Tualatin

Prusak's experience as

nurse serves her well

With the support of home health nurses, my husband had a good last year of life in spite of two different stage-IV cancers. With his complicated case, the nurses didn't have all the answers. What they did have was a willingness to listen, to learn from their patient, and to then find creative solutions. Initially, some doctors tried to convince us that they knew best. They failed to listen or to be flexible. If we had given Jim's care to them he would have lost that most important last year.

Rachel Prusak is running for representative in House District 37. She is a home health nurse. Her opponent seems to have all the answers. But this reminds me of those we encountered who thought they knew better and had no flexibility. Rachel Prusak has the ability to listen, to see the big picture, to compassionately search for not only the best answer but the best way to achieve that end. This is what she does every day in caring for her patients.

That is what she will do as my representative. I am excited to vote for her and to be served by her in the Legislature.

Carol Greenough

Tualatin

Prusak would listen

to all constituents

When I moved to Tualatin I was't interested in politics. When elections came around, I voted for the candidate who seemed beloved. Since that time I have begun to face into my own personal past tragedy (my sister in law and three nieces were shot and killed by her husband/their father, in a small Oregon town) which has involved me becoming very aware and involved politically.

In my work to help pass common sense gun laws I have met with elected officials across the state. In most instances, even if they disagree with me politically, they respect the experience from which I speak. The one place that this has been untrue for me has been in the office of my own representative, even though representatives are sworn to act and speak on behalf of their constituents. To do this they must be connected to them, engaging in non biased listening.

I am thrilled that District 37 has the opportunity to elect an informed, smart, compassionate leader to represent us in Salem. Rachel Prusak is a responsible leader who will welcome all of her constituents, listening to their requests and needs, regardless of their political leanings or differences of opinion.

Doreen Dodgen-Magee

Tualatin

Harrington best choice

for our homeless crisis

It is easy to watch national politics and say "we will show them" in 2020. We watch, we rant and we check out. But for hundreds of Washington County residents suffering from housing instability, they don't have the luxury of waiting. Their entire lives depend on the decisions that politicians make on a local level. When our county gets complacent and ineffective, they suffer. Unfortunately, that's been the case for years; our homeless population is the same as it was a decade ago.

The statistics on homelessness are horrifying: Homeless people's life expectancy is 30 years shorter, they are 4 to 5 times more likely to develop alcohol dependency, 83 percent of homeless women have suffered from abuse, etc. These aren't just statistics; they are stories of our neighbors, our community, our fellow Americans, desperately trying to find a safe place to sleep.

I have seen firsthand the impact local officials can have intervened in the lives of our most vulnerable citizens. Too often representatives chose to "keep doing what we have always done." Doing the same thing has not worked and it is time for new solutions.

We need to elect representatives who will treat the homeless problem with the urgency that it deserves. Kathryn Harrington, who is running for county chair, is one of those representatives. Kathryn is determined to end homelessness in Washington County. That means increasing the rate at which affordable housing units are built; prioritizing mental health resources; and providing adequate services for Washington County residents.

We can and must do a better job protecting the most vulnerable people in our community, and Kathryn Harrington has the will and the experience to do just that. I urge you to vote for Kathryn Harrington for County Chair on Nov. 6.

Danielle Schira

Beaverton

Snider has proven he

supports small business

As a business owner, we need elected leaders who are fiscally responsible. I balance my budget and I expect the same from local government. Jason Snider agrees and that's why I'm joining other Tigard business owners in supporting him for mayor.

Jason has been a good steward of our tax dollars as City Council president, and I know he will continue being our advocate as mayor. From his private sector management experience, to his time as chair of Tigard's budget committee, and as a city councilor, I have always known Jason to ask the question, "Can we do this better and at less cost to taxpayers?" That is exactly the type of person I want to be our next mayor.

In 2016 Jason voted to oppose a harmful tax increase that would have burdened small businesses right here in Tigard, a clear indicator to me that he gets the value of small business. Jason will fight for our small businesses, the backbone of our economy.

Many people talk the talk about supporting small businesses, but Councilor Snider walks the walk. I frequently see him supporting our local restaurants, coffee shops and other Tigard businesses.

Without hesitation, I'll be supporting Jason Snider for mayor because I know he supports us.

Michael Nelson

Tigard

Doherty has proven

she's right for House

As a volunteer at St. Anthony Church for over a decade and one of the founders of the non-profit Just Compassion of East Washington County, I have a special appreciation for individuals who, when they see a need, roll up their sleeves and pitch in to help.

That is just what State Rep. Margaret Doherty did when she came to see the Just Compassion Day Center for homeless adults for the first time at the Tigard Foursquare Church in 2016. Since that time she has volunteered by preparing lunches on a monthly basis for our homeless guests who are now coming to the Just Compassion Resource Center.

Our vision at Just Compassion is to be a community where homeless individuals are seen, heard and known — I speak confidently when I say that Margaret Doherty embodies this vision. Margaret Doherty is a people person. She can be seen throughout the Metro area helping causes that directly affect the lives of the less fortunate in our community.

We are so lucky to have her representing us, and I hope you will join me in voting for her on Nov. 6.

Sue Stephens

Tigard

Woodard is best on

keeping taxes low

Like many people in Tigard, I'm retired, living on a fixed and meager income, 54 percent of which is consumed by my home mortgage payments and annual property taxes of over $4,000, a third of which is local bonds.

That's why I'm voting for Marc Woodard for mayor, the only candidate with a record of opposing tax increases. The prospect of a MAX line through Tigard, which Woodard opposes, would increase our onerous tax burden.

On March 18, 2014, I attended a Tigard City Council meeting. Jason Snider, a city councilor, was upset that the citizens voted against light rail in Tigard. He said, publicly, that it was frustrating dealing with "...people with a fourth grade reading level and can't balance their checkbook." I was so surprised at his statement that I wrote it down. Since he wants the MAX line here, and is endorsed by such tax-loving politicians as State. Rep. Margaret Doherty, State Sen. Ginny Burdick, and Metro Councilor Craig Dirksen, I doubt he would oppose the Metro plan to have Tigard pay $550 million over a 10-year period to build subsidized housing along the MAX line. That's a tax burden of over $22,000 per Tigard household!

So if you want a mayor who will advocate tax increases while viewing you with contempt, Snider is your choice. But if you want tax restraint, and want to keep your home, vote for Marc Woodard!

James Caster

Tigard

Youth adviser picks

Snider for mayor

Joining the Tigard Youth Advisory Council was my first experience with city government, and that's how I got to meet and spend some quality time with our city councilors. Through these experiences one councilor truly impressed me: Jason Snider.

While he was never the TYAC's official council liaison, I had the opportunity to sit down for dinner with Jason and other councilors in Washington, D.C. He listened to my ideas of Tigard's issues, and made the simple, yet valid, point: we, as students, are the future of Tigard.

Since then, I have stayed active in community organizations because I believe the future is made by those who show up and get involved. And because I do care about the future of Tigard, I am writing to express my support for a super-involved candidate for Tigard Mayor: Jason Snider.

Jason cares about every aspect of Tigard, and has the focus, experience and sense of responsibility to help us grow intelligently.

As a future Tigard voter and taxpayer, I want a mayor that I know will keep our city's services intact while not breaking the bank. And from what I read in the news and on social media, so does everyone else. Please, for my future — and Tigard's — vote for Jason Snider for mayor.

Marquesa Calderon

Tigard

Snider proves he can

lead city of Tigard

I'm tired of politicians who spend most of their time bickering and very little time actually working on solutions. You can't turn on the television these days without hearing about all the dysfunction.

That's why candidates like Jason Snider are so refreshing and need our support in November. I know Jason will be the leader our city needs to deliver real solutions because his track record on the Tigard City Council is one of collaboration and tangible successes.

Thanks to Jason's advocacy, the City of Tigard was able to deliver a sustainable and affordable water project with the Lake Oswego-Tigard Water Partnership — on time and within budget! Council President Snider also has been a strong advocate for government efficiencies, which has led to the city securing over $70 million in outside grants and saving tax payers while bringing new and vital services to our community.

These results are because Jason is a strong independent voice who is not concerned about politics or getting credit. These are exactly the type of qualities I want in my next mayor, which is why I hope you will join me in casting your vote for Jason Snider in November!

Cathy Olson

Tigard

Bob Terry shined at

university debate

I had the opportunity to attend the first Community Outreach Forum for Washington County Chair candidates at Pacific University.

Commissioner Bob Terry knocked it out of the park for many reasons. The disparity of county knowledge could not have been clearer between the two candidates. What Candidate Kathryn Harrington offered as county "needs," i.e. a performance troupe like Portland, light rail and budget reform, Commissioner Terry ably answered with facts, figures, past accomplishments and solid future proposals.

Secondly, Candidate Harrington boasted of Metro's accomplishments, such as light rail and proposing new taxes to put Metro in the low-income rental business. Commissioner Terry rightfully pointed out Washington County roads are in good repair, the best in the metropolitan area, committing in August 2018 to study county road capacity. Washington County already has successful public-private partnerships developing the needed low-income housing, and the county pays all it bills and budgets for the future, all with no debt.

Lastly, attempting to compliment the crowd, Candidate Harrington offered appreciation for the county's support of the high-tech industry, natural beauty, agriculture bounty, and livability, to which Commissioner Terry replied, "You're welcome." 'Nuf said.

Susan Zike

Aloha

Harrington is right

on issues of housing

I am concerned about the future of our county. After attending a conference on the intersection of transportation and affordable housing I became more concerned for our county if Bob Terry becomes the county chair.

I watched him sleep through the keynote speaker and the panel discussion regarding what the county can do to develop affordable housing and mass transit. I watched him not talk with county and Metro administrators. I watched him leave after his nap rested and not informed about the variety of creative actions other cities/counties are doing to create affordable housing.

Since Co-Chair Bob Terry took office in 2011, Washington County's population has grown by 50,000 residents, yet we've only built 8,000 units to accommodate that. This is the reason that thousands of people are struggling every day just to afford to stay in the county that they work in and love.

We need change in Washington County and we need politicians that care enough to address the problems that are facing people scraping to get by. That's why I'm voting for Bob Terry's opponent, Kathryn Harrington, for county chair. Kathryn promises to ramp up affordable housing, and she has the experience and the knowledge to do it. Unlike some of the members on the current Board of Commissioners, Kathryn understands that renters and homeowners both need help from the county, and she is going to do something about it.

Tonia Cottrell

Beaverton

Terry has proven he

best suits our county

Say "no" to Portland-style governance for Washington County.

Washington County is well-run. Commissioner Bob Terry, with his fiscal responsibility and controlled spending, is a large part of the reason why. Bob partners with businesses, local chambers, school boards, whoever, to create the most effective and efficient solutions. Bob's leadership has helped the county manage through economic ups and downs without raising taxes or cutting vital services, while generating jobs and resolving community issues.

In contrast, during her tenure on the Metro Council, Kathryn Harrington has been a tireless advocate for higher taxes and more spending with a haste that results in poor decisions. Kathryn supports the Metro measure to issue over $650 million in bonds to fund affordable housing, which will cost the average taxpayer an additional $60 each year. The cost per unit is estimated at $250,000 while a private developer proposal of $90,000 was rejected. Yes, we need more affordable housing but we need a practicable solution developed by experts.

Kathryn Harrington is wrong for Washington County. Vote for Bob Terry, who will provide the partnering with business and fiscal savvy needed to continue to keep Washington County one of the best run counties in the state.

Melissa Laird

Beaverton

Re-elect Doherty to

Oregon Legislature

I have known Margaret Doherty as our representative in the Oregon Legislature for a number of years, and am proud of the way she listens to all of her constituents, regardless of party, and works to make sure she is open and available to her community. Rep. Margaret Doherty has been a great state representative and we should send her back to be our voice in Salem.

I frequently attend Rep. Doherty's town halls and constituent coffees, and I am always impressed by her willingness to speak candidly and give straightforward answers to her constituents. She always makes herself available to hear from constituents. Even when she may disagree with someone on an issue, I've always known her to be open minded, civil and willing to listen.

We need to keep Margaret Doherty in the Oregon Legislature, so our community continues to have an accessible legislator who works hard to represent each and every one of us in our State Capitol. I ask you to join me in casting your vote on Nov. 6 to re-elect our State Rep. Margaret Doherty.

Mike Donovan

Metzger

Gov. Brown proves

she's best to lead state

Gubernatorial debates should provide voters with clarity and insight on the candidates. They should show where each candidate stands on issues that are close to the hearts of Oregonians. Yet the recent gubernatorial debate left me confused by Knute Buehler's stance on a variety of issues.

Buehler dodged many of the questions on important issues that impact Oregonians, like health care, immigration and education. While Gov. Kate Brown responded with facts, accomplishments and her plans moving forward, Buehler presented vague responses — showing that he does not understand the realities of Oregon government. Rather than responding with clear plans on how he will improve Oregon, he spent his time making baseless attacks on Gov. Brown.

When Buehler was able to articulate stances, his responses left me apprehensive for the Oregon he would create. He doesn't support common-sense gun reform like comprehensive universal background checks. He would cut programs that protect Oregon's environment for future generations. These positions are alarming and out of step with what our state needs.

After this debate, I am convinced that he does not have the experience, vision and concrete solutions Oregonians need and deserve in a governor. We cannot trust Buehler to help Oregon move forward.

Karen Kemp

Tigard

House of Bread backs

housing measure

Bethlehem House of Bread supports Measure 26-199 because so many of our neighbors can no longer afford both housing and food.

Five years ago, the No. 1 reason our food pantry families gave for seeking food assistance was employment related. Either one or more persons in the household had been laid off or their work hours were cut. Today, the No. 1 reason our families give for needing food assistance is the increasing cost of housing.

The common theme has become, "We have jobs, and we were doing OK, but our rent was just increased — $200, $300, $400 a month — the only place in our budget to pay the increase from is our food budget."

Clearly, there is a connection between housing and hunger and for many Oregon families it comes down to the impossible decision: rent or food?

Tragically, working hard in Oregon is not a guarantee that you will be able to put a roof over your family's head and feed them.

This is a moral issue. I urge you to vote "yes" on Measure 26-199 on Nov. 6. This measure is a critical step forward in addressing the interlocking issues of housing and hunger.

Linda Dove

Pastoral Director

Bethlehem House of Bread

Tigard

Newton proved reliable

partner for area schools

Yes, Liz Newton really knows Tigard, and because of that she has my full support and endorsement to be your next Tigard City Council member.

Here's why you should vote for Liz:

During the 20-plus years that I've known and interacted with Liz, often with questions about City of Tigard function and Tigard-Tualatin School District issues, I've always receive straight-forward, accurate and very timely responses and answers from Liz. She has always come to my assistance regarding TTSD student/school issues, larger district matters (not the least of which have been school district bond issues that involve the City of Tigard); transportation dilemmas, and in general, public safety related to schools and our kids.

Liz knows the City of Tigard from the inside out, after more than three decades of working for the City of Tigard as a senior planner, and as assistant to the Tigard city manager. She knows the importance of the Tigard City Library, of safe pedestrian and bicycle pathways, and the Herculean public transportation and traffic issues facing Tigard and all of us, me included, at least twice a day traveling north and south on 99W through Tigard.

Liz will work with other City Council members, and you the public, head on, to address and find solutions for these issues and more, help the council come to consensus, and make living in Tigard better than it ever has been.

So please vote for Liz Newton. If we still lived in Tigard, I sure would!

Barry Albertson

Sherwood

Vote 'yes' to support

Tigard-Tualatin kids

The Tigard-Tualatin School District Local Option Levy, Measure 34-285, is critical to stable operations at the district. It will preserve funding for nearly 100 teaching positions, it will maintain current class sizes, continue important programs and, most importantly, it will not raise taxes!

Measure 34-285 is not a new tax. It is a renewal of the current operating levy, which has been in place for years. Additionally, the operating levy is different than the bond, which can only be used for specific facilities projects; not for teachers and school programs.

Preserving teachers and programs is crucial to maintaining the excellent education our kids get at TTSD. Teachers make a remarkable difference in the lives of students and families, and strong schools mean a stronger community. As a parent and a school board educator, I see the impact of education in our community every day. Please join me in voting "yes" on Measure 34-285!

Kristen Miles

Tualatin

Liz Newton shows

she's right for Tigard

Tigard needs city councilors who represent the whole community.

I'm voting for Liz Newton for Tigard City Council. I support Liz because of her approach to decision making and ability to engage the public while working through tough decisions. As a six year volunteer for the City of Tigard, I have had many chances to see her in action and could not ask for a better representative.

Liz is well-informed and level-headed. Her longtime work at the city, first as a land use planner and later as an assistant city manager, has given her an impressive amount of knowledge about Tigard, how the city works, and what it takes to make a budget work. Liz takes the time to understand issues before making decisions.

Tigard works best when we are all represented. Liz takes the time to reach out to folks with lots of different opinions and really listens. She makes sure to hear from the whole community and works to make sure everyone's voice is heard. Tigard is overdue to elect leaders who represent the whole community.

Liz knows Tigard and she listens to us, the people of Tigard.

Please join me and vote for Liz.

Carine Arendes

Southwest Portland

Snider works well with

others to serve our city

In the 33 years I have lived around Tigard, I've seen a lot of changes, and one of the fundamental things I've learned over the years is that a good mayor is key to moving our city forward.

By "good" I mean someone with experience; someone who both listens to others and is listened to by others. Someone who has taken the time to build relationships with residents, the business community, city staff, members of Tigard's City Council, and elected officials from other local governments, too — so they can work together to find solutions.

Above all, a good mayor treats everyone with respect, looks to the future and focuses on making Tigard stronger.

I know Jason Snider has these traits and more. He has served Tigard over many years as a citizen volunteer, city councilor and, now, council president. Jason Snider will do an excellent job of serving the people of Tigard as our mayor and I hope you will join me in supporting him.

Stephanie Veal

Tigard

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