Letters to the Editor: Oct. 29, 2020
Clackamas and former Clatsop DAs challenge Prusak's record
As Oregon becomes an increasingly one-party state, it becomes even more important that legislators are as independent as possible. As longtime Democrats and long-term elected district attorneys in Oregon, we are very concerned that the extremes of the Democratic Party have out-shouted more moderate voices on criminal justice in Oregon.
The dominant voices in the Democratic Party seek to overturn all the pro-victim rights measures that voters in Oregon and Clackamas County overwhelmingly voted into our state constitution. But West Linn/Tualatin Democratic state Rep. Rachel Prusak, in her first term in the legislature, voted at every opportunity to choose criminals over victims.
She voted to repeal truth-in-sentencing laws and voted to functionally abolish capital punishment with her votes on Senate Bills 1008 and 1013 in 2019. She voted to cripple any possibility of a "true life" sentence for the worst murderers and voted to gut adult treatment for the most violent crimes committed by older teenagers.
Prusak has chosen to attack her challenger, West Linn native Kelly Sloop, for daring to raise questions about Prusak's extreme soft-on-crime voting record. Yet she displays either ignorance at what those votes meant, or she willfully voted to go easier on criminals, in deference to the current lords of her party.
Prusak claims that one of the worst murderers in recent history, MAX train killer Jeremy Christian, is in fact serving a "true life" sentence. That is simply false. [Ed.: Christian was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole in June, after the passage of the 2019 murder sentencing law.]
We have both defended, and prosecuted capital (death penalty) murder cases. Because of Prusak and others, the death penalty possibility was yanked away in the middle of the Christian case.
Clackamas County voters remember what may be Oregon's worst murderer, Dayton Leroy Rodgers.
After being repeatedly sentenced to death for torturing and murdering seven women, yet if some trial-level judge rules one his many lawyers fumbled at some point and orders a new trial, then both the death penalty and "true life" are off the table. It is conceivable this butcher might actually be eligible for release on parole if that happens. Thanks, Rep. Prusak.
Victims and their families, meanwhile, are left asking for justice for the crimes committed against them. Rachel Prusak and others have denied them justice in some of their darkest hours.
One need only look at months of violent rioting, arson, assault, even murder in downtown Portland to see what it looks like when government looks like when it abdicates to the mob. And when politicians like Rachel Prusak abdicate to the criminals over crime victims and their families, we all lose.
District Attorney, Clackamas County
Former District Attorney, Clatsop County
Neron has risen to challenges of our time
COVID-19 is a challenge no one expected, least of all myself during my senior year of high school. We talked about it in class, brushed it off, and continued our studies. Then the statewide lockdown occurred, and I found myself entering my first year of college during a pandemic.
I have seen the consequences of COVID-19 take a toll on my education in both settings. My anxiety has increased as the loss of classroom time has left me without an intellectual outlet. Remote learning just isn't the same, and that is true for both students of K-12 and secondary education.
Students entering higher education are facing unique and difficult challenges, creating needs and issues that require strong action by our legislators. Rep. Courtney Neron has proven time again that she is the legislator for the job. As an educator and a parent, she understands what today's students face and she supported the investments in K-12 from the Student Success Act in her very first term.
In a time of wide-ranging challenges, we all need Courtney's values and leadership now more than ever.
Madison McDonald, Wilsonville
We should be able to express our political views with signs
In the past two weeks, four political signs of mine have been stolen or destroyed. I put one up, and in the night, someone steals or destroys it.
I am new to the neighborhood and I guess I don't know or understand the rules. I believe the First Amendment gives me the right and privilege to say or post my preference for a particular candidate. I have reported the theft to the Sheriff's Office.
I lived 65 years in Portland and never had any problem. What is it about the people in rural Oregon and freedom of speech?
Kenneth J. Kolb Sr., Sherwood
County chair endorses Fai for commissioner
When I ran for commission chair two years ago, I knocked on doors all across Washington County. I saw up close the diversity that makes our communities such wonderful places to live and work. I met parents with young children and seniors living out their retirement years. I met farmers and teachers and software engineers. I met lifelong residents and immigrants new to our country.
Now in 2020, we have an opportunity to reflect some of that precious diversity we see in our neighborhoods and workplaces on the Washington County Board of Commissioners.
Nafisa Fai — who I am enthusiastically supporting in the District 1 race — is a mother with young children, a woman of color, a public health professional and an entrepreneur who started her own small business. I can already envision how her life experiences will benefit our work on so many issues, from COVID-19 recovery to affordable housing and so many things in between.
Nafisa is a smart, compassionate woman who wants Washington County to be a place where everyone has a chance to thrive. I can't wait for her to get started.
Mark your ballot for Nafisa Fai.
Chair, Washington County Board of Commissioners
Public employee union backs Doyle for mayor
The COVID-19 pandemic has really demonstrated the important role unions play in protecting working people.
Here in Beaverton, city workers are represented by SEIU. I am the president of the Beaverton sub-local. Our union and its members urge you to vote to re-elect Mayor Denny Doyle.
When coronavirus came to Oregon, Denny acted fast to keep residents and city staff safe. He declared a state of emergency, and supported staff in quickly moving city operations remote so we could still serve the city while staying safe ourselves.
We trust Denny to listen and respond to the needs of the 600-plus employees of the city because he understands the needs of working people. His strong support for city employees in all of our work allows us to better serve the residents of the city.
In addition to his support for working people, Denny has a consistent record of moving Beaverton forward on the biggest issues we face — housing affordability, racial equity, traffic congestion and more. There's a lot more work to do to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, but I believe in Beaverton's recovery with Denny as mayor.
Please vote Denny Doyle for mayor by Nov. 3.
President, SEIU 503 Sub-local 198
Washington County needs full-time leadership
If you live in Washington County, there are two important measures on your ballot that may be difficult to understand. I encourage you to learn more and to vote yes to approve both of them.
Measure 34-300 changes the way our Board of County Commissioners' salaries are calculated. This will pave the way for full-time commissioners and will open up that job to more potential candidates.
Currently, only the chair, who represents all 610,000 county residents, receives "full-time" pay. The other commissioners only get half-time salaries, whether they work full-time at the job or not. Many of our current and past commissioners have a separate full-time job, which lets them afford to run for this office.
If passed, a salary commission will determine the appropriate pay.
Each of the four regional commissioners represents approximately one-fourth of the county's population, or about 153,000 people. That isn't a half-time job.
Measure 34-301 will eliminate "ordinance season." The BCC can only consider land use ordinances — the laws that govern everything from how many chickens you can have to how many homes can be built and how nature is protected — between March and October. This leads to a rush to pass ordinances at the last minute. It was instituted in the horse-and-buggy days of the county, and it's time for it to go.
I've been active in promoting community involvement in county government for nearly 20 years. As chair of Community Participation Organization 1 (CPO 1), I know we need a full-time board, and we need plenty of time to consider land use ordinances. Please join me in voting yes on these measures.
Chair, Community Participation Organization 1
Vice Chair, Committee for Community Involvement
Prusak stands up for her House constituents
I first met Rachel Prusak in 2018 while interning for Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN), during her endorsement interview.
She spoke about her dedication to protecting immigrant communities and fighting for racial equity. When pressed on whether she could actually win her first race, she replied with a fierce, "I know we're going to win." "We're." She knew the race wasn't about her — it was about our community and our pursuit for a better future.
Since 2018, Rachel's dedication to this community has been evident in how fiercely she advocates for all of us.
She fought to adequately fund our schools by championing the Student Success Act, and dove into fixing the disparities in health outcomes for people of color by requiring healthcare providers to have ongoing cultural bias training.
As a nurse, Rachel sees the long-term health effects of systemic racism, and she's dedicated to dismantling it. She centers equity in her work and knows that solutions to issues like education, healthcare, and the climate crisis need a racial justice lens.
Rachel's unwavering support of social justice and systemic change, and her ability to lead with empathy and respect are exactly what we need in Salem.
Janiel Santos, Tualatin
Smith is good match for Metro Council
In a world where our climate crisis continues to be inadequately addressed (and even outright denied), Chris Smith has stood out as a dedicated climate leader in our community.
A few weeks ago, I watched hazardous smoke fill my beautiful Oregon skies as my home state of Alabama was devastated by yet another hurricane. I am beyond ready, desperate even, to have a climate justice advocate in public office where awareness, dedication and expertise can be transmuted into policy.
Chris Smith has given decades of his time to serving Portland in too many ways to possibly keep track of. Chris started off in public service as his neighborhood transportation chair many years ago, and has taken on mind-boggling amounts of roles and work as a community advocate since then. He devotes an immense amount of time to work to make our community better, particularly in areas such as transportation, sustainability and housing. All of this experience, which includes two decades of volunteering with Metro, has perfectly prepared him to serve on Metro.
Chris Smith is ideally matched for this job. Let's elect Chris to Metro so he can put his vast knowledge and passion to good use for our community.
Kristen Sartor, Portland
Let's finally legalize campaign finance limits
Should people on the other side of the country be able to pour money into Oregon political races?
Voters, pass this one: Oregon Ballot Measure 107 would amend our constitution to allow laws limiting campaign contributions.
Oregon is just one of five states that don't limit campaign money; that's why we see big money from both in-state and out of state political groups and those with private agendas, driving state government races and ballot measures. Measure 107 would allow the state and local governments to put limits on campaign spending.
2018's governor's race chewed through nearly $40 million. Let's fix this.
Sue Bliss, Hillsboro
Thatcher has proven ability to bridge partisan divide
I write this letter in support of Kim Thatcher for secretary of state. Although I am a registered Libertarian, I am crossing party lines and will vote for Kim Thatcher enthusiastically.
Throughout her political career, I have seen Kim Thatcher cross party lines to listen to different ideas, work with the people who hold them, and frequently accommodate their priorities (even when she does not share them) in the interests of good civics. These qualities are hallmarks of a great secretary of state and are especially important now because of the divisive nature of today's politics.
As the late Dennis Richardson proved, a Republican can serve constructively in a Democratic state like Oregon for the good of us all. Party labels notwithstanding, Kim Thatcher's brand of nonpartisan governance is what will bring Oregonians closer together, making it possible to resume building on the best of what we are. For these reasons, I urge everyone across all party lines to vote Kim Thatcher for secretary of state.
Richard P. Burke, Tigard
Witt stands for local businesses
I am a local business owner and I will be voting for state Rep. Brad Witt.
I appreciate that Brad takes a personal interest in the lives of his constituents and supports local businesses like mine. It's been a challenging year, and it's comforting to know that I have a representative in Salem who really gets what it takes to be effective for us at home.
When thousands of Oregonians were let down by the employment department, it was Brad who stood up and called for an investigation. It's Brad who is drafting a bill to give businesses an avenue for pandemic interruption insurance. And it is Brad who I will be voting to re-elect as state representative.
Carol A. Cross
Owner, St. Helens Auto Body
Witt has earned constituent's vote
In these days of divisive politics, where many politicians use misinformation to divide and polarize us, we are lucky to have a man of Brad Witt's character, knowledge and skill as our representative in the Oregon Legislature.
I have found that Brad works extremely hard to understand the interest of all his constituents and works to develop consensus solutions, based on facts, that can best address those multiple interests. He works to bring us together for our success, not drive us apart towards failure and frustration. This is what good government is all about.
Brad demands governmental accountability, such as his insistence on a full audit of the Oregon Employment Department for their failure to get much-needed benefits to unemployed Oregonians out of work due to COVID-19.
Brad's commitment to the middle class, working families, improving schools and honoring our veterans reflects his personal values developed by someone who has worked shoulder-to-shoulder in our sawmills with working Americans and fighting for their benefit.
Brad has been a proven leader in Salem, working with multiple stakeholders to address job creation, healthcare affordability, homelessness, opioid treatment, education, and protecting wildlife and natural resources.
Like our senator, Betsy Johnson, Brad has proven that he is willing to work tirelessly for his constituents.
We need to learn to work together to solve our problems. We have more in common than what divides us. We need a uniter, not a divider.
Greg Pettit, Warren
Neron restored reader's faith in politics
Courtney Neron is the kind of person we need to keep in Salem. She grew up in Tigard and cares deeply about the issues facing her community in District 26. She knows and understands what is facing us today and is committed to working for our best interests.
We are truly fortunate to have her as our representative and we need to return her to office. She is a genuinely good person who works hard, digs into issues to seek solutions, and gives of herself to make things better for all Oregonians.
Rep. Neron is a thoughtful, innovative, creative and smart legislator. She actively approaches tough issues and gathers information to seek a fair and balanced path forward. She takes the time to understand all sides, gather the facts and work together with all parties to get things done.
I have seen her put significant time into an issue to fully understand it and then talk to opposing sides to find the right path forward. She restored my faith in politics.
Courtney Neron has my vote for state representative, and I urge everyone to re-elect her to Oregon's State Legislature for District 26.
Darby Collins, Wilsonville
This doctor's vote is for Witt
As a practicing physician, I am voting for Brad Witt this November.
We need more advocates in Salem who understand that science, rather than politics, should be the driving force behind medicine.
Brad is a staunch defender of vaccines in the battle against preventative disease. He has also worked to cut the cost of prescription drugs and voted to protect healthcare coverage for millions.
Since the start of the pandemic, Brad and his staff have placed thousands of well check calls to constituents, me included. Brad and his staff helped me get a supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) for my medical office when no one else would.
I am so thankful to have a representative who sincerely cares about the health and well-being of his district. I hope you'll join me in supporting state Rep. Brad Witt.
Dr. Maureen E. Mays, Northwest Portland
Port of Columbia County commissioner and wife back Witt
Government functions best when local leadership is in tune with the challenges and opportunities we face.
State Rep. Brad Witt has helped our citizens navigate the intricacies of the state agencies to resolve concerns that they have. He and his staff always respond quickly to constituent concerns. This has been particularly important for residents and businesses struggling in the pandemic economy. He understands how healthcare insurance suddenly vanished for people and wants affordable high-quality medical insurance options available.
Rep. Witt deeply values the quality of life we have in Columbia County. His advocacy for well-paid jobs that build a strong, talented, and future-focused workforce is crystal clear.
Finally, Rep. Witt has become a significant statewide player in resolving the natural resource issues that come before the House committee that he has chaired.
Rep. Brad Witt is, in our view, the kind of hard-working, thoughtful, and responsive ally that we need in Salem.
Chip and Nancy Bubl, Warren
Fai is right for Washington County, right now
During a time when public health and the resiliency of our communities matter the most, we need to elect Nafisa Fai for Washington County commissioner.
Educators in Beaverton know that we cannot do our work alone — we need partnerships with leaders at the city and county level to help students and families thrive. Nafisa's public health background and experience managing contact tracing in Washington County will help us get the COVID-19 pandemic under control so that students can safely return to schools for in-person learning.
As we continue to address the inequities in our communities that have been exacerbated by the pandemic, we will need leaders who feel the urgency, identify solutions, build consensus and make positive change.
Join Beaverton educators in voting for Nafisa Fai.
President, Beaverton Education Association
A vote for Fai is a vote for the future
Equity and inclusion are words we hear from so many candidates these days, it can be difficult to distinguish between rhetoric and real commitment.
With Nafisa Fai, candidate for Washington County Commission District 1, I know that these are more than just buzzwords. Nafisa doesn't just talk about the importance of equity and inclusion, she demonstrates her commitment through her actions.
Nafisa believes that everyone should have a voice in how our county government provides for their health and safety. She believes that together we can build a future where housing is affordable, services are provided equitably, and our legal system functions well for everyone. She wants to create a future where every child can succeed in school and where small, local businesses can get help in troubled times.
That's a future I want too.
I am confident that Nafisa Fai is the best candidate, with the best credentials, to elevate Washington County to a leader in equity and inclusion; to make Washington County a government for all the people. Make the right choice; vote for Nafisa Fai for District 1.
Christina Stephenson, Hillsboro
Fai has innovative, inclusive approach
In times of change, we need leaders who appreciate and understand adversity as a growth opportunity rather than a reason to double down on the old way of doing things. This is why I enthusiastically support Nafisa Fai to be the next Washington County commissioner for District 1.
As a woman of color, a wife, a mother, a refugee, and a small businesswoman with a background in public health policy, Nafisa understands what it means to address adversity through listening to multiple perspectives.
Having worked with Nafisa in my role as a research manager, I know her capacity to develop collaborative approaches that take into account the needs of those who are most impacted by hardship.
f you agree that change requires flexibility and new ideas, please join me in supporting Nafisa Fai by voting for her as the next Washington County commissioner for District 1. She is the right person for right now, which is why she's been endorsed by so many labor unions, business and industry groups, progressive organizations and elected officials.
Dr. Tia H. Ho, Portland
Prusak's false ads fooled us once
Voting time and state Rep. Rachel Prusak is lying to us again, filling our mailboxes with mailers from her close allies in Portland. I want to debunk some of those lies I found in my mailbox.
Prusak says Kelly Sloop wants to defund education. This is ridiculous. The fact is Prusak voted to increase taxes by billions in the name of our kids, and none of it is helping our kids.
Kelly wants to fund education first before other budgets. We don't need to raise taxes to do that. Sloop also wants to direct federal CARES funding to families for expenses.
Speaking of schools, Prusak is against providing school choice during a time when the only option (online learning) is failing our kids. Prusak even refused to fight for liability protection for local schools so they can safely open.
Yes, Kelly is pro-life, but what we can hopefully agree upon is Prusak's extreme support of unlimited, taxpayer-funded third-trimester abortions.
Prusak wants to align Kelly with Donald Trump. Kelly simply stated she appreciated the president sending stimulus checks during a time of great need. I'm sure many of you appreciated that as well.
Say no to the lies — vote Kelly Sloop.
Dennis Ortega, West Linn
Fai has broad support and deserves your vote
The general election is fast approaching, and we would like to respectfully ask your readers to vote for our friend Nafisa Fai for District 1 Washington County commissioner.
Nafisa is a hardworking, community-minded healthcare professional and small business owner who has a strong sense of wanting to give back to her community.
Her work with the American Red Cross, education, water conservation, and support of the arts are all testaments to her ideals and vision for a better Washington County moving forward.
Nafisa's endorsers speak volumes. Among them are Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle, Washington County Sheriff Pat Gerritt, Lacey Beaty and a majority of the Beaverton City Council.
Some of the many organizations that support Nafisa are the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce, the Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors, Beaverton Education Association, Tualatin Valley Firefighters Union and Oregon League of Conservation Voters.
We've known Nafisa for a long time and know that she is a caring and honorable person who will fairly and objectively focus on the needs of all Washington County citizens. Nafisa Fai will make a great District 1 commissioner who will work for you.
Ronnie Wise, Beaverton
HD 37 has a champion in Prusak
I am a long-term resident of West Linn and committed to electing Rachel Prusek to a second term in the Oregon Legislature as our representative.
Over the past two years, I have had the opportunity to watch her work hard and successfully to represent us. I believe she will always fight for policies that represent our community's values, especially legislation that strengthens our schools.
After decades of disinvestment and neglect of our public schools, Rachel championed the Student Success Act. It finally stopped the pattern, and it provided substantial funding for our classrooms to improve graduation rates and expand access to health and mental health services in our schools.
Rachel Prusak is the representative we need to protect that funding for our classrooms and more as we recover from the COVID-19 crisis. We need a representative that we can trust to make hard budget decisions. We need a representative who thinks long-term about education, and who knows it is the root of a strong community and healthy economy.
Vote Rachel Prusak for our state representative in House District 37.
Charlotte Duncan, West Linn
County commissioner endorses Fai for his seat
I'm proud to have represented Aloha, Beaverton and Cooper Mountain (District 1) on the Washington County Board of Commissioners for the past two decades.
Our community is a great place to live, and I care deeply about the future of our county. That's why I believe voters in my district should choose Nafisa Fai as their next county commissioner for District 1.
I've known Nafisa for years. She's a longtime resident of Aloha and active community leader. Nafisa serves on the Clean Water Services Advisory Commission as my appointment; was one of the founders of the Pan-African Festival; and serves on the board of directors for the Five Oaks Museum (formerly the Washington County Museum) and community-based dental services nonprofit Dental3. She was as well appointed by Gov. Kate Brown to the Oregon Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Review Committee. She has truly been an advocate for her community and her passion for the work she does is inspiring.
She has done an excellent job serving her community in this role, and I'm looking forward to seeing the work she will do as our next county commissioner. Voters should select Nafisa Fai this Nov. 3.
Commissioner, Washington County
Right or left, Prusak is impressive
My name is Dr. Christopher Jacobs, and I'm writing to alert the community to an important local election. I own a medical device company, so I have had a lot of contact with many Oregon government officials.
Of all the government officials I have worked with, there is one representative that has truly impressed me with her intelligence, dedication to fair policy making, and most importantly, her common sense. Her name is Rachel Prusak.
As a businessman, I generally lean toward Republican candidates. But this election is different, and this candidate is different. Rachel Prusak leads with such compassion, care and smarts that we should all support her, no matter which party she runs under.
Please join me in voting for Rachel Prusak.
Dr. Christopher Jacobs, West Linn
Prusak's support is broad
I am voting for Rachel Prusak to represent me in House District 37 because she has proven that, in these divisive times, she can represent the full range of her constituents, and her stands are both nuanced and decisive: she listens and learns from those she represents before taking a stand.
I have heard from many people in Tualatin, including city and school officials and everyday voters, that Rachel reaches out to them, asks their opinion and then crafts an effective solution.
This is why she is endorsed by a wide range of organizations from the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce to the Tigard-Tualatin Student Union. She is willing to push back against her Democratic colleagues when that better serves her community, but she always stands by her values, and is widely respected and supported by her colleagues.
As an in-home nurse practitioner, Rachel is reminded every day of the challenges faced by the most vulnerable in society. I know she will listen well, think deeply and act effectively for me and my neighbors. I feel lucky to be represented by her.
Carol Greenough, Tualatin
Doyle's Beaverton is good for business
Over the past decade, Beaverton's small business community has been transformed — in large part thanks to the leadership of Mayor Denny Doyle. As the president of the Beaverton Chamber of Commerce, I've seen it firsthand.
From our thriving downtown core, including Restaurant Row and the food carts, to incubation programs for women and minority-owned businesses, Denny has done so much to help local businesses prosper.
Denny understands what many politicians don't — our small businesses are a critical part of our city. They provide needed jobs for residents, support our local economy, and build community. They also, in many situations, represent someone's life work — work that has been threatened due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We need capable and experienced leadership to continue to guide our COVID-19 recovery. That's why I believe we must vote to re-elect Denny Doyle as mayor. Please join me.
President, Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce
Stevens' vaccination stance is contrary to science and health
I am writing to express my concern about Peggy Stevens and her stand against required vaccinations.
In her May 5, 2020, video on her Facebook page, she was asked about vaccinations. She said "parents should have the right to decide whether or not to vaccinate their children."
That is code for anti-vaccination. Per Peggy Stevens, if a parent decides not to vaccinate their child, that's OK.
That is frankly frightening. In 2019, we saw what happened in Clark County, Washington, when parents decided "NOT" to vaccinate their children.
The Oregonian reported that Washington faced one of the worst measles outbreaks in the country with 86 cases, 71 in Clark County. The Oregonian reported the outbreak cost Clark County more than $1.8 million and involved 237 people. And then the outbreak spread to Oregon.
One child in 10 with measles will suffer permanent hearing loss. Up to three children in 1,000 will develop encephalitis, and of those, 10-15% will die. Measles is 16 times more contagious than COVID-19.
Peggy Stevens is taking a dangerous and foolish stand. We cannot afford someone who takes such an ill-informed position that affects our health as Peggy Stevens in the state Legislature.
Dr. Gary Grieve, Wilsonville
Doyle takes COVID-19 seriously
As an occupational nurse, I have witnessed the physical and economical toll COVID has taken on individuals and businesses. This unique perspective allows me to be critical of the actions/inactions our elected officials.
Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle has proven to be a strong leader during this pandemic. He declared a state of emergency and worked alongside regional mayors to push for a stay at home order back in March, thus limiting unnecessary exposures.
Denny protected staff and residents by supporting efforts to quickly move city operations remotely, ensuring staff would continue to safely provide services for residents.
Denny has helped residents and supported the economy through city funding for housing assistance and small business grants. Important events, like Welcoming Week and the Beaverton Celebration Parade, were revised to be virtual so all residents could still participate in community-building.
I appreciate that Denny has taken the health risks of COVID-19 seriously. In addition to the city's work, his campaign follows strict protocols to not risk the health and safety of staff or residents.
As we continue to weather this pandemic, I trust Denny to lead us through. Please join me in voting for him.
Janine Kanable, Beaverton
Kelly Sloop puts community first
Rep. Rachel Prusak has done a lot of complaining during this election about negative campaigning.
In the 2018 campaign against Julie Parrish, Prusak said, "Everyone's saying I'm running a negative campaign, but what I feel is important to me is that people have information on the current representative and how she votes."
What Rachel and her supporters claim to be "negative campaigning" from Kelly Sloop is actually just educating them on the consequences of how Prusak's votes have negatively affected our community.
Rachel calls Kelly "extreme." Kelly wants education to be funded first, not after other budgets. Kelly wants liability protection for schools so they can open safely. Prusak refused to fight for this.
Kelly wants more school choice options. Prusak is against school choice.
Kelly wants community safety to be a priority. She will not defund our law enforcement. Is this "extreme?" Rachel remained silent about the months of riots, saying, "My district ends at the Clackamas and Washington County lines." To this day, Rachel still will not say that she will protect our community by fully funding law enforcement.
We need Kelly Sloop, not radical Rachel.
Stephanie Eilitz, West Linn
4-H support an example of why Witt deserves re-election
I am voting to re-elect Brad Witt for state representative.
There is no comparison between the candidates; Brad has the experience, the education, and the empathy to do the job. He teaches civic involvement to children and teens in Columbia County by being both a role model and a human being truly interested in keeping youth programs like 4-H alive.
He values the country lifestyle. Year after year I have seen Brad at the Columbia County Fair walking the barns, talking to the 4-H kids, and spending money at the auction. I personally remember Brad Witt taking the time to ask me about my 4-H dairy goat project and I have seen him support 4-Hers by purchasing their animals at the Columbia County Fair auction.
Brad is a staunch supporter of 4-H. He understands how life-changing this program can be for our youth because he was a 4-H member himself.
Brad understands that being a representative is like having a 4-H project. It's more than flag-waving — it's hard work and requires dedication.
I hope you'll join me in supporting our most dedicated representative: Brad Witt.
Chava Wolin, St. Helens
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