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Writer thinks it is high time for a change in the Clackamas County Clerk's office, McMullen the answer

Time for a change in county clerk's office

As a 36-year Canby resident long appalled by our county clerk's performance, I've been mentally framing a letter of support for the highly credentialed and experienced Catherine McMullen.

The Herald-Pioneer.

Len Otto beat me to it. His well-articulated letter (10/17/2022) made clear why we need to replace the current clerk and why McMullen will improve that office. I can add little other than my endorsement of Otto's comments from my perspective of 31 years as an econ prof, including 16 in a business program. That $600K blunder in May was avoidable. "Best-practices" in chain of custody procedures exist for getting ballots printed. Accepting responsibility and taking remedial steps when the error was recognized would have reduced subsequent costs.

More recently, Oregon City's mayoral election suffered from a voter pamphlet blunder. "Things happen." Sure. Those errors, her record of carelessness, and her "meh" response would surely have gotten her fired by now if she were in private industry.

"Firing," however, is up to the voters, which requires becoming informed and voting all the way down the ballot. Please be sure to research Catherine McMullen's credentials, look at Sherry Hall's history, and join me in saying "enough is enough" on our ballots.

Cathy Whiting


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