Everyone should support recall of Oregon City Mayor Dan Holladay
If any good has come from these last few months, it has been the compelled introspection all Americans have undergone that is too often disregarded amid the commotion of normal, everyday life. Indeed, the increased time at home for many of us has provided myriad opportunities for thoughtful dialogue with family and friends (often via Zoom) concerning the state of our nation and world. It is too often, however, that we simply forget about the importance of state and local government, which are the outlets where we as citizens can have the most say in the decisions that will fundamentally shape our lives.
For the residents of Oregon City, this wakeup call has been stark. In light of Mayor Dan Holladay's recent actions, more residents have begun to do their own research into his troubling history of malfeasance. Whether it be the millions in taxpayer dollars that he has cost the city in legal fees, his questionable backroom business dealings for an unsanctioned fireworks show, his disregard for public health measures, his history of domestic abuse, his premeditated attempts to cut off citizen involvement, his inability to work with his colleagues, or his status as the only Metro-area mayor who refused to sign a letter condemning racial injustice, the people of Oregon City have many reasons to be upset with him. In the wake of this increased scrutiny, members of the Oregon City School Board, the superintendent of the Oregon City School District, three former mayors, all four of Holladay's fellow city commissioners and a multitude of Oregon City residents have called for his resignation. Holladay's inability to step down for the good of the city has prompted this grassroots team of concerned citizens spanning the ideological spectrum to pursue a recall of the mayor.
Due to its divisive nature, there is never a "right" time for a recall, and the added pressures of the pandemic have made this effort even more complicated. Nevertheless, the fight for good government is never a convenient one, which is why this team is pushing forward. Like many of the public officials who have called for the mayor's resignation, I voted to re-elect Dan Holladay in 2018. The journey from supporter to campaign manager of the recall has been an odd one, but my story is emblematic of how this truly is a nonpartisan fight to restore ethics and accountability to the mayor's office. We have received endorsements and donations from Tea Party conservatives and progressive Democrats alike. The business community is supporting this effort because Holladay's reputation has discouraged local economic development. And people of all age groups are enthusiastically signing up to volunteer with our grassroots team. The momentum is on our side and the people are on our side, but more importantly, history will be on our side. That is not to say that this fight will be won easily. In order to succeed, we will need all of the help we can get. Please visit recalldanholladay.com to donate, sign up to volunteer, and learn more about our people-powered campaign. Our city is worth the fight.
Adam Marl is the campaign manager for the Committee to Recall Dan Holladay.
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