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It's election season for The Times' reader mailbag, as this week's letters show.

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Beaverton councilor hopeful makes her pitch

I'm running for Beaverton City Council, position 3, as a political outsider.

I am unencumbered by prior city government ties. I don't owe anything to anybody and will enter the position with a clean slate and fresh view while using responsible common-sense decisions to serve all of Beaverton.

I was born and raised in Portland, and we've seen what progressive policies and actions have done to a once-beautiful destination city. Beaverton also has a very progressive city government with policy and resource decisions being made through a narrow dividing lens. This divisive lens view disenfranchises the majority of Beaverton residents. I will always make decisions that are best for all citizens.

With rising crime and homelessness plaguing the city. I will always vote to fully fund law enforcement so city residents, their property and our students are kept safe. Common-sense decisions without ideological division are what is needed so the city can continue to grow, serve its citizens and support a robust economy.

I am a balancing candidate, an alternate point of view. I'm not looking to climb the political ladder. I am honest and straightforward and will guide with integrity. I am asking for your vote to be your voice in city government.

Jenny Kamprath, Beaverton

Time for conservative change in Oregon

For the past two years, I've searched real estate all over the country, and fantasized leaving Oregon, because my family and I are fed up with the weakness and incompetence of our current administration here in our state. Some of my friends have already moved and they took their businesses with them!

The homeless encampments all over the city are sad on many levels, and our state's weak administration is doing a disservice to those who are on the streets, as well as to the hard working citizens who live here.

It's an embarrassment that Portland, Oregon, is known worldwide, for the dangerous and destructive riots we've experienced, and the current administration has not protected businesses or our citizens! People are afraid to go downtown, and now with so many businesses closed, there's not much reason to go downtown anymore.

The current administration is running our beautiful state into the ground, and as a native Oregonian, this breaks my heart.

The mask mandates and lockdowns — especially for schoolchildren — have never been scientifically proven. We now see that they were not only unsuccessful, but highly damaging, both psychologically and financially!

We need leaders who will work for the people, and I am impressed with Marc Thielman, a candidate for governor. From what I've learned about Marc, he has what it takes to restore law and order, support healthcare choice, bring strong economic policies for small businesses and job creation, fight for affordable housing solutions, support school choice and stand up for all students and families.

I'm hopeful that Marc Thielman will be our next Oregon governor and that we'll finally have the strong leadership Oregonians so desperately need and deserve!

Diana McIntosh, Beaverton

Send Chelsea King to Salem

Each season when we are voting for state leaders, we are often confronted mixed messages, emotional pitches, and savvy media platforms that cloud our choices.

In truth, we will be best served by those who are able to articulate a few clear priorities. Effective leaders are those who successfully deliver on these urgent issues that impact all of us. Chelsea King is such a leader.

As a mother of three and current school board chairperson, she has demonstrated a knack for delivering strong supports and guidance for public education in our region.

As a courageous individual who has persevered through challenging circumstances in her early upbringing, Chelsea champions sustained mental health supports and understands the need to expand resources and expertise at the community level.

Energetic and passionate about economic issues, she advocates strongly for small businesses and prioritizes keeping public dollars local where you and I can see the greatest impact of our tax dollars at work. Strong education, expanded mental health supports, and a fair economy that invests in small businesses are three priorities that resonate with our community.

I urge you to vote for Chelsea King, candidate for Senate District 13.

Dan Jamison, Sherwood

Aaron Woods is best for the environment

When opening the Voters' Pamphlet, I look first at a candidate's endorsements. And as I worry about our climate, wildlife and environment, one of the first endorsers I look for is the OLCV, the Oregon League of Conservation Voters.

OLCV's mission is "to protect Oregon's natural legacy, elect pro-environment candidates, and hold our elected officials accountable."

OLCV has endorsed only one of the Democrats running to represent us as state senator for the new Senate District 13: Aaron Woods.

This is not surprising. Aaron Woods is a strong proponent of expanding fast Internet across our communities, including rural areas. Often this allows someone to work from home, taking one more car off our clogged (and polluting) highways.

He advocates for increased middle housing and other housing affordability solutions, allowing people to live closer to where they work and reducing the pressure for more sprawl invading our open spaces and wildlife.

Along with the best policies, he has the right background in business and technology to get smart, practical stuff done in Salem.

We need to live more in harmony with nature. We need Aaron Woods.

Jane Bicquette, Sherwood

DA has kept Washington County safe

Kevin Barton is running for re-election as district attorney for Washington County.

I first met Mr. Barton when he rang my doorbell in 2018 canvassing neighborhoods, spreading the word he was running for election for the district attorney position. I was impressed with him then, and I still am.

Among his many accomplishments here are two examples that I think are important public issues. The first is the specialty Veterans Treatment Court (VTC), for military vets with addiction or mental illness. These vets have given much to our country, and we owe it to them to do our best to help them succeed in their time of trouble.

The second is prioritizing community outreach and transparency by forming a new Family Peace Center to serve victims of child abuse and domestic violence. He believes that providing these essential services is a form of criminal justice reform that has the potential to produce generational change.

Kevin Barton has stood for public safety and believes in keeping Washington County a safe place to live, work and raise a family.

Please join me and re-elect Kevin Barton for Washington County district attorney.

Cindy Mitchell, Raleigh Hills

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