Clackamas County voters say choice is clear to pick Catherine McMullen as the next election clerk.

At a time when election integrity is of the utmost importance, once again Sherry Hall is costing taxpayers thousands of dollars for a mistake that seems to have been preventable. The secretary of state is now stepping in with directives that the Clackamas County Clerk's Office needs to follow in order to ensure the integrity, security and transparency of the election is preserved. PMG FILE PHOTO: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Clackamas County Elections Clerk Sherry Hall watches ballots being accepted into a machine that scans ballot signatures for inspection.

While the clerk is blaming the printer, Moonlight BPO, for the mistake, we have to ask why there wasn't a representative from the clerk's office at the printer's making sure that the 309,000 ballots were printing correctly? Having a staff member overseeing this printing process would be an incredibly worthwhile expenditure considering what taxpayers are now going to have to pay for because of Hall's mistake.

We have been following Catherine McMullen since she announced her candidacy for clerk last summer, and we can't wait to vote for her in November. McMullen is a certified elections administrator who actually holds a higher elections-administrator credential than Sherry Hall. She has been running and administering elections for over 10 years and has won numerous awards over the course of her elections work. Compare that with the current clerk and the choice becomes clear.

Clackamas County deserves to have a clerk who has a proven record of doing her job well instead of one with a list of mistakes as long as she has been in office. You can find out about McMullen at

Submitted by Allison Cloo, Sandy; Jeanette DeCastro, Clackamas; Joe K. Meyer, Happy Valley; Paul Sheprow, Milwaukie; and Cassie Wilson, Boring.

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