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As the Nov. 8 election approaches, The Times is hearing from prospective voters about their preferences.

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Tom Anderson for Tigard City Council

Tom Anderson is the right person for the Tigard City Council.

He is a natural leader and is often the person that outlines the issues for consideration, discussion, and decision. He listens to the ideas and beliefs of others in considering all points of view and searches for all possible solutions in deciding his point of view.

Tom served on the Tigard Planning Commission for seven years and I had the pleasure of working with him as I was a commission member, also. He was chair of the commission for two years and led the commission through many comprehensive planning issues. He participated in the Tigard Downtown Art Walk and the Tigard Street Fair, and through his work, he has developed deep knowledge of the workings of Tigard's neighborhoods.

Tom is an active member of Tigard Rotary, Tigard Chamber of Commerce and Tigard Downtown Association. He lives in Tigard and has his office on Main Street in downtown Tigard. He is aware of the latest development and policy issues and is on the leading edge of possible future endeavors as they are conceived.

I have found Tom to be honest, fair and responsible in his work with the citizens of Tigard and the other council members in working for the City of Tigard. Tom Anderson is the right person for the Tigard City Council.

Richard Shavey, Portland

Walk away from Ballot Measure 113

In just a few weeks, Oregon voters will be getting their ballots in the mail.

In addition to voting for a new governor, legislators, and members of Congress, Oregonians will face several ballot measures. There are always a bunch of bad ones, and Measure 113 is one of the worst.

Measure 113 amends the state constitution to punish legislators for 10 or more unexcused absences from floor sessions. Any legislator with 10 or more unexcused absences would be banned from holding office in the next term.

Measure 113 is designed to put an end to the legislative walkouts that have succeeded in stopping odious bills from passing. The majority party gets mad when the minority party stands in the way of ramming through their agenda and Measure 113 is seen as a way to clear the path.

This measure should offend anyone who cares about the exercise of freedom of expression and election integrity.

A walkout is one of the clearest forms of expression, and should be protected under the state's constitution. Perhaps more importantly, many constituents want their legislators to walk out if doing so serves those constituents. The legislators who walked out were serving their constituents effectively and were rewarded by being re-elected.

Measure 113 doesn't just punish legislators, it punishes the voters of their districts.

Eric Fruits

Vice President, Cascade Policy Institute

Former state rep, wife backing Stephenson for BOLI

To the voters of the state of Oregon:

We urge you, as voters of the state of Oregon, to cast your ballot for Christina Stephenson for our next commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries.

Christina is an attorney and fully equipped to hit the ground running, after 10 years of practicing labor law representing both employees and employers. Stephenson graduated from Hillsboro High School and the University of Oregon Law School in Eugene. We have been very impressed with our meetings with her.

Stephenson has gained support from a wide variety of groups, both employees and employers. Our area serves both farms and small and large business for the state of Oregon.

Please cast your vote with confidence for Christina Stephenson for our next labor commissioner.

Al & Jan Young, Hillsboro


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