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We received so many letters from area readers before our Monday morning deadline, we have a second stack of them here.

Columbia County legal community backs Grant

for re-election

As you might imagine, prosecutors and criminal defense attorneys frequently disagree.

But while we have a constitutional duty to be adversaries, Columbia County's district attorney and the Justice Alliance of Columbia County, our largest defense consortium, are united in our belief that Judge Jenefer Grant should be reelected to the Columbia County Circuit Court. We believe that Judge Grant's integrity and experience make her the best candidate.

Judge Grant is a person of integrity, something we witness on a daily basis. Her compassion, open-mindedness, and ethics are undeniable. When Judge Grant presides over a criminal case, she sympathizes with defendants and victims alike and makes hard choices with the well-being and dignity of the parties in mind. In her dealings with prosecutors, defense attorneys, or struggling clients, she is respectful and willing to change her mind when an argument is persuasive. Her intellectual honesty reflects her high ethical values and her conduct in and out of the courtroom shows that her singular motivation is truth and justice.

Further, experience matters in this judicial race. While we respect Mr. Clarke as a person and as a civil attorney, his lack of criminal justice experience should concern voters. Defense attorneys and prosecutors know that criminal law is often highly technical. The most well-intentioned judge can misapply the laws in ways that have devastating consequences for both sides. Wrongfully sending someone to prison is a terrible injustice. So too is the emotional pain that a victim endures when a case is reversed on appeal and they must return to court to relive their trauma.

Similarly, a large portion of Columbia County's cases are juvenile matters, where a judge often has to decide whether to take a child from his or her parents. Judge Grant has worked tirelessly to improve our system in these cases. She has dramatically reduced the number of children in foster care and the length of time spent in foster care, while also increasing services for families. This type of law is specialized and children would suffer without Judge Grant's experience.

Judge Grant should be reelected because of her integrity, ethics, and experience with criminal and juvenile law. Columbia County's district attorney and the Justice Alliance of Columbia County agree on this point. When prosecutors and defense attorneys unite on such an important issue, that should tell you something.

Jeff Auxier

Columbia County District Attorney

Diana Shera Taylor, Mark Lang, Paul Aubry, Haley Borton, Tom Borton, John Schlosser, Gabriel Biello, Kevin Ellis, Shannon Mortimer

Justice Alliance of Columbia County

Dudzic is the advocate Columbia County commission needs

As you fill out your ballots in the coming weeks, I hope you will join me in casting a vote for Brandee Dudzic for Columbia County commissioner, Position 1.

Brandee's training in conflict resolution makes her uniquely qualified to serve and build partnerships as county commissioner. Beyond that, her conviction to serve and stand up for community has convinced me that she will work to move Columbia County forward in a smart and fair direction.

I first met Brandee while she was wearing her uniform and petitioning for the rights of deported U.S. veterans. I was impressed by her passion, but more so by her drive to look for a solution and, finding none, to create a solution. She has the drive and leadership capacity to do the same here in Columbia County — find and create solutions.

As a mother, I support Brandee's commitment to the future generation — both through smart investment, which brings local jobs and capitalizes on the tremendous recreation and tourism opportunities, as well as the enduring promise of a clean and protected environment.

I am confident Brandee Dudzic is the best qualified candidate for Columbia County Board of Commissioners, Position 1.

Rose Graves, Columbia City

Sloop will stand up for Oregon taxpayers

I am writing to encourage your readers to vote Kelly Sloop for representative! Kelly is someone with deep roots in our community.

Kelly understands the costs that small businesses face and she will fight for them on day one. The brand-new Oregon tax on sales is damaging to small businesses and is already killing jobs and driving up costs. Kelly would have voted no on it and any other expensive taxes.

Kelly will be a champion for small businesses and working families.

Vote Sloop for representative.

Tricia Britton, West Linn

Experience with Kroll shows he's best for bench

It's not often that I've weighed in political matters, but some elections are too important to let go by without comment. In Washington County this May, residents have a rare opportunity to vote for a new Circuit Court Judge and I hope they will take a close look at the race and see what I see — that Edward Kroll is the only qualified candidate for this position.

As someone who has worked in all areas of the law as a prosecutor, defense attorney and civil lawyer, I know the type of person that is best suited to be judge. Edward Kroll has the experience, demeanor and focus that Washington County residents deserve in their next circuit court judge. His priorities to create a fairer, more accessible, more civilized legal system are exactly what's needed in our society and throughout our communities right now.

Citizens need to know they're being heard and that they have a fair shot when they walk into a courtroom. I know Ed personally and professionally and I know without a doubt that he will listen to all sides of an issue, weigh information thoughtfully and carefully as he always does, and apply humanity to the decisions he makes. It's this type of thoughtful leadership that we need in our judges and that Ed will bring to the court.

I hope Washington County residents will use this rare opportunity and support Edward Kroll for Circuit Court judge with their vote this May. He is the best choice, and all of Washington County will be best served with him behind the bench.

Sam Dowlatdad, Northeast Portland

Former Tigard-Tualatin School Board member backing Bowman for Senate

Local primary elections are upon us, ballots have been mailed and are in the hands of Oregon voters. Now we get to choose who will represent us, all of us, in both local political races and state-level contests.

The tack is to vote for and elect the very best people, regardless of the office they're running for. The trick is, "How do you know for sure?" Lots of promises and commitments are made during campaigns.

There are a few lines from one of my favorite movies, "A Few Good Men," for me "the" pivotal lines, actually near the end of this film, that can help....

Attorneys for the defense, Daniel Kaffee, Joanne Galloway and Sam Weinberg, and the entire court room listen to the verdicts as they're read, and hear that their clients, PFC Louden Downey and Lance Corporal Harold Dawson, have been acquitted of the first two charges, effectively saving the lives of these two young Marines on trial over a "Code Red" accidental death of a fellow Marine, William Santiago.

But, the military jury finds Downey and Dawson guilty of the third charge, "Conduct Unbecoming a U.S. Marine," and are to be dishonorably discharged from the Marine Corps because of their actions, even though the code red was ordered by their commanding officer, Col. Nathan Jessup.

PFC Downey, after hearing this final verdict, asks in disbelief: "What did we do wrong? We did nothing wrong!" Dawson, his superior, replies, "Yes, we did. We were supposed to fight for the people who couldn't fight for themselves. We were supposed to fight for Willie."

Ben Bowman has been fighting for people who can't well fight for themselves most of his adult life, not only in his role as a member of the Tigard-Tualatin School Board, but via the fact that Ben was the leading voice and has been the never-tiring force in founding and running "Packed With Pride," a food bank and food distribution program in the Tigard-Tualatin area that has ensured that nearly 500 families and kids most severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are fed each week — this for the past two months.

Ben is committed to this philosophy and will fight for and represent everyone in Senate District 18, and throughout Oregon, whether we're engulfed in a pandemic or not. That's what all of us want and need in a state senator, and that's what Ben will do — fight for all of us.

So, please join me in supporting and then voting for Ben Bowman for Oregon Senate District 18.

Barry Albertson, Sherwood

Garrett's commitment will serve county well

I wanted to let you know about Casey Garrett. My son has worked tirelessly to gain his Eagle Scout rank. This year, he will not only achieve it, but do so with honors. Without Casey's help, this wouldn't have been possible.

One of the largest requirements for Eagle is that the scout find a project that benefits the community and carry the project out to completion. We knew Casey was the head of the county parks division and so my son contacted him to see if there was anything he could do to help in Columbia County. Casey had a list of projects, one of which included improving Adirondacks at Camp Wilkerson. My son selected that project and began his work.

Casey didn't just give my son the project, but helped him all the way through. Casey taught him how to properly determine materials, how to build and how to decide what needs to be done. Casey even lent my son tools and showed up on his days off to help out. It was amazing.

There are many people who will tell you that they will help, but few who actually will. Casey is one of those. I can't think of anyone who would be better able to lead Columbia County into the future.

Todd Wood, Damascus

Garrett will bring right approach to BOC

Casey Garrett will make a great Columbia County commissioner. Casey is a creative thinker and doer.

He knows how to "stretch a penny." As a member of the CZ Trail Citizens Advisory Committee, I have worked with Casey for over three years to improve the CZ Trail, all without property tax support.

Casey is respectful of different viewpoints and ethical in his dealings with others. Casey's business background will be an important addition to the Board of Commissioners.

Dale Latham, Northeast Portland

Doyle is proven leader for Beaverton

I have worked with Denny Doyle on numerous projects throughout the years. First and foremost, he just loves working for our city. He is accessible, he listens, provides sound guidance, and works tirelessly for our residents.

As mayor, Denny has helped shape the landscape of Beaverton in remarkable ways. Always a forward thinker, he works in collaboration with the people around him. Moving City Hall to the Round, the new Public Safety Center and the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts are just a few of the projects he has spearheaded to make our community better.

I've had the honor of traveling with Denny to Japan and Korea. He is amazing at meeting and connecting with people, even if there is a language barrier.

Denny has elevated Beaverton to the state and national levels, which has resulted in Beaverton being recognized as a great city to live in and has brought much needed financial support for the city.

Under Denny's leadership, Beaverton is recognized as one of the greenest cities in the country and has been celebrated for its thriving art scene.

Please join me in voting for Denny by May 19.

Stephen Galván, Beaverton

Chamber official backs Mayor Doyle

As director of business support and development with the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce, I have had the pleasure of working in partnership with Mayor Denny Doyle over the years. I have also been lucky enough to watch Beaverton thrive under the leadership of a mayor who cares so much about his constituents.

In my role with the chamber, I work to bring new businesses and jobs to the city. These businesses are either startups or existing businesses coming from other cities or countries who recognize Beaverton as an ideal place to relocate.

In my work, I support the most vulnerable communities in Beaverton, including people of color and differently abled persons, who are looking to grow or start a business. I have seen the effect that it has on these small business owners when the mayor comes to their grand opening, stops by to check in, or simply drops in to say hello. I know firsthand that Denny is passionate in making sure that these folks' voices are not only counted, but heard.

Denny deserves our support. Please vote for him by May 19.

Emma Clark

Director of Business Support and Development, Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce

Support Washington County libraries

When I was a child, our public library was like a candy store to me — just shelves of books to read. Now my grandchildren are both great readers. In addition to books, they are able to check out videos, movies, ebooks and online resources. What a world is open to us!

I have friends who get audiobooks — sometimes because they can no longer see to read or sometimes to take on trips.

In Washington County, we have a countywide library system. It's an efficient way to have nearly every title imaginable available to us. If our library doesn't have a copy of the book you want, they can get it for you from another library in the county.

The library levy — Measure 34-297 — will be on our May 19 ballot, keeping the same rate as the levy that expires next year. This levy provides about 40% of what the county provides each and every library for operating expenses It's a great deal for our libraries.

As a longtime retired school board member and avid reader, I urge you to vote yes. It's an amazing bargain!

Pat Biggs, Tigard

Columbia County benefits from leadership of Garrett, Magruder

While a lot of candidates talk about providing local jobs and improving the livability of our county, both Casey Garrett and Margaret Magruder have a proven track record of doing both.

When Margaret was coordinator of the Lower Columbia River Watershed Council, she fought to give us a chance at designing some of the first salmon habitat improvement projects that we worked on. As a result, we have grown our business and recently started up a new ecological division of our company. This has allowed us the ability to not only provide more full-time family wage jobs within the county, but also good paying jobs for 10 local college and high school students for this upcoming summer. These are projects that directly bring local tax revenue back to our community while improving local infrastructure and also our recreational opportunities.

Similarly, we've worked with Casey on projects that have included building local industrial facilities and also improving our local public parks and trails. I have first-hand experience watching Casey improve the efficiency in which our county facilities are managed. This is not easy to do in today's complex world. He is always looking for ways to get more done with the limited money available.

It would be a shame to lose these well-rounded individuals as public servants.

Andrew Niemi, St. Helens

State senator endorses Saultz in HD 33

Democratic candidate Andy Saultz is the right person to represent House District 33 and will move Oregon forward in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Andy is a college professor who researches the intersections between education, health and economic policy. Now more than ever, we need legislators with expertise in these areas and his skill set will be instrumental in rebuilding Oregon's economy, supporting workers and small businesses, giving students the tools to succeed, and making healthcare affordable and accessible for all Oregonians.

In addition to Andy's impressive policy background, he has deep roots in our community and an impressive track record of consensus building. He and his wife both grew up in HD 33, attended Sunset High School, and are now raising their sons in the community that they grew up in.

Andy's willingness to listen, include community voices in policymaking, and consider other perspectives will make him an incredible representative for the people of HD 33.

I urge everyone in House District 33 to vote for Andy Saultz. He will be an outstanding partner and truly represent the needs of House District 33 and Senate District 17.

State Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, Portland

Fai is looking out for Washington County renters

As a resident in Washington County, I'm supporting Nafisa Fai for county commissioner, and I urge you to do the same.

As a former tenant, Nafisa has personal knowledge of the challenges renters face in an unaffordable economy. She has demonstrated her willingness to engage with both tenants and landlords to maintain high quality housing and level the playing field for working people. Her personal experience, her public health background, and her openness to listen and act makes Nafisa the most qualified candidate in this race.

Nafisa has been endorsed by the Community Alliance of Tenants Action Fund, representing thousands of Oregon renters, because she will take on housing unaffordability and work to ensure that all people in Washington County have access to good housing.

Especially as we are facing a major economic crisis during and after COVID-19, we need someone like Nafisa on the county commission. As a graduate of our own Renter's Rights training, we are confident Nafisa will promote the educational and financial resources Washington County residents need. As the commissioner for District 1, we know Nafisa will work with tenants and for tenants.

Please join me in voting for Nafisa Fai by May 19.

Lamar Wise, Hillsboro

Grant treats people with fairness, generosity

Friends and neighbors, please join me in voting to retain Judge Jenefer Grant.

I met Judge Grant while both of us were in Columbia County Rotary and worked closely with her on various community service projects for many years. Judge Grant contributed her time, money and talents to help numerous community groups.

One of her strengths is helping to meet fundraising goals for those who are most in need throughout our county. Her community engagement is a sign of her commitment to Columbia County and all its residents.

She is not just a judge sitting on the bench without involvement! She is a committed community member who understands that her role is multi-faceted and requires commitment in many areas.

Our judicial system requires well-seasoned, balanced people with life and community experience in order to be the best it can be for all citizens. In our interactions over the years, I've found Judge Grant to be honest and sincerely concerned about the people in our community. I have found her to be fair and she treats everybody equally regardless of race, religion, rich or poor. It's what I expect and want in a judge, and I'm happy to support Judge Grant.

Gary Liao, Scappoose

Preheim gets more undeserved press with specious lawsuit

The front page article in the May 1, 2020, edition of the Columbia County Spotlight concerning a lawsuit brought by Brady Preheim leads: "With just weeks before the Columbia County Jail operations levy comes before voters, a lawsuit has drawn the use of jail finances into question."

I believe a more appropriate lead would be: "Once again, Brady Preheim files a lawsuit/ethics complaint prior to an upcoming election."

Refer to our story, published online April 29, 2020, about a lawsuit alleging misuse of Columbia County Jail levy funding.

Of course, the lawsuit won't be heard until after the election on May 19.

In the past, Mr. Preheim's lawsuits/ethics complaints have been dismissed by a court or ethics commission. It seems obvious to me that Mr. Preheim's intent is not to win a court battle, but once again to get front page coverage for his stated objective: "My goal in filling the lawsuit, number one, is to try to convince people that the jail, with an over $8 million budget, is not worth it." (Actual 2019 jail operating expenses were $6.8 million, of which $2.2 million was paid by the federal government for housing federal prisoners, can be confirmed on the county website.)

The reporter of this article mentions the formation of the Jail Operating Citizens Advisory Committee (JOCAC), whose members are expected to advise the sheriff and Commissioners on the appropriate use of jail levy funds.

It is interesting that the reporter of this article attended, by phone, the March 17 JOCAC meeting where the committee unanimously approved a summary report that stated: "In examining County quarterly and year-end financial reports the Committee has verified that with this correction all funds raised by the levy, and all other funds raised for jail operations, have either been spent on jail operations or are in an account reserved for jail operations." This report is available on the county website (columbiacountyor.gov).

I would think an official report by the committee responsible for monitoring the use of levy funds would be at least as important as an article about Mr. Preheim filing another lawsuit.

Garrett Lines, St. Helens

Dugger has big plans for Beaverton

It's time for change in Beaverton's city council — we need elected leaders not just with experience, but passion for making change on the issues that matter.

John Dugger is the candidate we need to elect. He understands the fiscal issues — he's a member of Beaverton's budget committee. He's an effective leader in the community — he has led the Highland NAC and is vice chair of the Central Beaverton NAC. He has helped Beaverton grow and progress — he's a co-founder of Pride Beaverton and Highland Helpers.

John's Hometown Beaverton Plan is detailed and has solutions for so many of the important issues that Beaverton is facing. For example, smart traffic-light cycles and smart parking solutions for downtown to address traffic congestion and transportation issues. He also has plans on sustainability, the economy, and placemaking, among many others. I have no doubt that John's plans will lead our city in the right direction.

John Dugger has plenty of community experience, a strong comprehension of the issues and a plan to get things done. Vote for John Dugger for Beaverton City Council, Position 3.

Karenna Umscheid, Beaverton

In House District 35, a frontline leader for Salem

I met Dacia Grayber on an emergency call for a heart attack patient. I was relieved Dacia was in charge, since there are 15 immediate functions to coordinate to save a person's life. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't; the most important thing is we do everything we can to drive a successful outcome. Dacia was the leader who took charge and drove that outcome.

I have since witnessed Dacia demonstrate her leadership and give the care and service I want for my family time and again.

Dacia consistently advocates for underrepresented groups. She leads women's firefighting camps, teaching young ladies how to flow hoselines, fight fires and cut cars apart to reach victims; and she founded the Compassionate Care Center in Tigard to meet health/hygiene needs of the houseless population.

Dacia's commitment to uplifting frontline communities is a critical lens necessary to tackle Oregon's systemic issues. COVID-19 has highlighted and deepened inequities in healthcare, education, and our economy. It's more important than ever to construct balanced and collaborative plans and elect bold leaders that will adopt them to get Oregon back to work. Dacia is that leader.

Vote Dacia for state representative!

Alia Hoshall, Forest Grove

Kroll's approach, demeanor will make him a good judge

I know national politics are front and center for most of us right now. They certainly consume a big chunk of my attention. However, local government also matters.

As the months go on, most of us will increasingly research and discuss national- and state-level candidates. Rightfully so. But local races matter, too. Unfortunately, they often don't get much attention paid to them, and we might vote on local races on the basis of how a candidate's name sounds or the keywords in their pamphlet blurb.

If you're a Washington County local like me, I'd encourage you to look into Edward Kroll for our next Washington County Circuit Court judge. I've known Ed for a long time and have always found him to be a person of integrity, common sense, and compassion.

You can glimpse a person's real character in their off hours, and when we worked out at the gym together, Ed was always humble and supportive of everybody, even less skilled newcomers like me.

When discussing ethics and political issues, Ed relentlessly pushed for objectivity and made sure to hear and weigh all opinions.

In our interactions since then, Ed has always been generous with his time, assiduous in clearly answering questions, and supportive of those in need.

Ed is fair, passionate, and professional, regardless of setting or audience.

Like many of you, I've had occasions over the years to interact with judges, and I appreciate the need for good people in those important positions. As a Washington County resident, he is exactly what I hope for in our next County Circuit judge.

William Van Winkle, Hillsboro

Kroll has experience, character to serve as judge

I am writing to share my perspective on why Edward Kroll will make an excellent Washington County Circuit Court judge.

I have had the privilege of knowing and working with Edward for the last decade, and I can unequivocally say that he has what it takes to be a great judge. I write this with conviction, because I have observed Edward countless times demonstrating the traits that I think are imperative to being a fair jurist.

Edward is thoughtful, empathetic, intelligent and principled. Edward has repeatedly demonstrated that he has the spine to hold true to his principles, and that he will not be swayed by outside pressure. Edward firmly believes that the rule of law is imperative to society, and that a judge holds a special position in the community as not only the arbiter of law, but also as a force behind societal progress.

Edward Kroll has the experience that is essential to being a good judge. A large portion of Edward's practice is trial work. He is the rare lawyer who routinely sees the inside of courtroom. Consequently, his experience is tailor made for the role of an Oregon trial court judge.

It is with great pleasure that I have endorsed Edward Kroll for Washington County Circuit Court judge. Please vote to elect Edward Kroll on May 19.

Justin Johnson, Southwest Portland

Dudzic will bring vital perspective to Columbia County government

I feel fortunate that Oregon has such an established vote-by-mail system as our local primary is approaching while we face the isolating impacts of COVID-19. As a resident of Columbia County, I'd like to highlight my candidate in the local race for county commissioner, Position 1: Brandee Dudzic.

Brandee fully embodies her position as a Columbia County neighbor, a veteran and a mother. I saw a campaign video she posted where she spoke about the pressures of actively raising three children while being a working mom — no one else on the current Board of Commissioners represents that perspective.

She understands that we have a childcare desert here. She knows what little services exist for teenagers.

As a childcare professional, I am acutely aware of how challenging these times are for working parents, as daycares and schools are closed and many parents are working from home while trying to adapt to distance learning. Brandee is facing the same challenges. She has promised to address the issue of childcare scarcity in the county and expand services for teens and young adults. If we want to create a county that supports working parents and their families, Brandee is the candidate to get us there.

Additionally, Brandee offered to lower her commissioner salary to hire a county administrator. She also offered to make her work calendar public so we can be sure our commissioners are working enough hours to represent their pay. No one else has offered a public calendar.

I will be voting for Brandee Dudzic for Columbia County commissioner, Position 1 and I hope you will join me in voting for her on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.

Sabbath Mikelson, Warren

Pull together for your community in time of crisis

With the COVID-19 pandemic and current stay-at-home mandate, I am increasingly concerned how some folks will survive.

Hunger is a huge issue. The food insecurity rate in Oregon was over 14% late last year (one-third children), and just imagine how the numbers now have climbed. This should concern everyone, as people in our community could actually die of starvation.

Food insecurity erodes a person's physical and mental health and emotional well-being — ultimately, their ability to function as a contributing member of our society.

Everyone has been affected by this pandemic, but we all can reach out and help one another. I am donating food to the Sunshine Pantry, a wonderful family-run food bank in Beaverton, who has always invested their heart and soul in this cause, typically helping 500-plus families a month. Now those numbers have doubled. They need our help so they can help others.

I also applaud a longtime friend who I greatly admire, Alisa Blum, for her passion and focus on this issue. She's running for state rep for District 28. She has a strong background as a social worker and understands how critical it is that we address this hunger crisis.

The founder of the Sunshine Pantry, Sharon Straus, endorses Alisa too, as she knows her well through her regular donations of food and resources. She knows that if Alisa gets elected to represent us, she will work tirelessly to pass legislation to help solve our food instability crisis and address Oregon's critical issues head on.

So, as we adjust to our "new normal" during this pandemic, if everyone reaches out and helps another person or a cause — even in some small way — then collectively, we can make a difference and pull through this crisis together. My choice is food insecurity. What's yours?

Julie Cardin-Warling, Beaverton

Ounce of prevention with Medicare Advantage worth pound of cure

Getting older comes with its challenges, none of which my husband and I have been immune to. As we've aged, we've known to take added caution as we're at a higher risk for infections and illness. But we never anticipated encountering a situation like the one we are in now.

The COVID-19 pandemic has touched our entire community, and especially local seniors. We've hunkered down, and hopefully, this will keep us safe; however, if anything were to happen, I'm thankful that we both have excellent care throughour Medicare Advantage plans.

The Medicare Advantage program places emphasis on preventative care, promoting healthy habits and activities amongst enrollees. Before enrolling in the program, I didn't realize just how far preventative health measures could go. I can confidently say that they've made a world of difference in our health and healthcare. If we should need anything in the days ahead, I know we're covered.

I'm thankful that Rep. Suzanne Bonamici has been an avid supporter of this program. I hope she knows how well-liked and appreciated it is amongst her constituents. I trust her leadership and willingness to always look for ways to improve and expand programs valuable to Oregon's seniors, like Medicare Advantage.

Leadership like Rep. Bonamici's has never been so important, while our entire state is worried about COVID-19. I am grateful for Rep. Bonamici and her colleagues in Congress who will continue to support and expand services that protect America's seniors, just like Medicare Advantage does.

Nita Gullion, Bonny Slope

Retired Rainier municipal judge backs Clarke for state bench

It is a privilege to endorse an individual who was raised in Columbia County and now wishes to serve his fellow citizens.

I have known Michael Clarke for many years, both as a friend and as a professional colleague.

I believe in his integrity and his ability to take on everyday issues with a high degree of moral judgment.

Mike Clarke deserves your vote for Circuit Court Judge, District 19, Position 3. Please vote on May 19.

Charles Wardle, Rainier

Keep Doyle right where he is, doing the job he's been doing

As a Beaverton city voter, I believe that there are two critical issues that need to be answered correctly in our May election.

First issue: Do we re-elect our current mayor, Denny Doyle? The answer is "yes." Why? He has three terms under his belt, and in each term, he has been an outstanding mayor, with accolades to him and our city from both the Oregon and national levels.

We are in the throes of a pandemic. Mayor Doyle — a proven leader — has taken quick and bold steps that are working for Beaverton. It would be folly to replace him.

Second issue: Do we replace our current mayor-run city government for a brand-new city manager-run city government? The answer is "no." Why? Changing our city government — top to bottom — will steal much city energy in all that will be required over time to phase in a new type of government. Beaverton needs to expend that energy to survive the present economic and medical chaos.

Mayor Doyle, a previous business owner, will get us through this, just as he got Beaverton through our 2008 national recession.

Michael Henry, Beaverton

Reader knows Grant as an impartial, veteran judge

As an attorney with over 30 years' experience in Columbia County, I highly recommend that voters re-elect Jenefer Grant as Circuit Court judge.

I've read some of the comments others have made about her, but they don't square with the individual that I know and have worked with. Judge Grant is fair, considerate and hardworking. I don't know her opponent, but why gamble with an unknown quantity when we already have someone with training, experience and a track record of sound judicial decision-making?

Please join me in voting to re-elect Judge Grant.

John K. Knight, Columbia City

Fai works for working people; she has endorsements to prove it

As a care provider and SEIU member, I'm excited to vote for Nafisa Fai for Washington County commissioner.

Nafisa is the only candidate in this race that we can count on to stand up for working people. Now more than ever, we need a commissioner with Nafisa's experience working as a quality improvement specialist on broad-based public health solutions and someone who understands what our frontline workers need.

Many of my fellow union members are on the front lines during this pandemic — nurses, home care and nursing home workers, janitors and more. With Nafisa's experience at the American Red Cross, in county health and at a statewide public health nonprofit, we know we can count on Nafisa to keep us safe and healthy. She is a dedicated and active member of the community, and she will draw on her experiences to improve housing, health and public safety.

Nafisa has worked hard to make our community a better place. That's why unions like mine, and like the Beaverton Education Association and the Tualatin Valley Firefighters Union, support her. Please join me in voting for Nafisa Fai for Washington County commission.

Rick Campbell, Beaverton

Rosenthal's approach, background make him ideal choice for Metro

I enthusiastically recommend a vote for Gerritt Rosenthal for Metro Council Position 3 in the May 19 election.

I have worked with Gerritt for a number of years in shared civic volunteer activities, and he is passionate about making regional government work for everyone. He has lived in rural Tualatin for more than 25 years, so he has a firm grasp of regional key issues and is deeply committed to solving our common regional problems fairly and wisely.

His background in environmental and solid waste assessments and land use planning, plus past experience working for both regional government and for municipal and county governments, provides him with a broad regional perspective that will serve all of us well in the Metro decision-making that impacts our region.

The Metro Council needs skilled, passionate Gerritt Rosenthal on board; please cast your vote for him in this election.

Debby Garman, Hillsboro


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