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Neal Reisner: Scott Blessing involved in election-law violation; Annessa Hartman only has voted once in city

I have concerns about Annessa Hartman, who moved from California to Portland six years ago and then only four years ago to Gladstone. I appreciate her willingness to get involved, as she labels herself a "community activist." However, she has not been active in our community, with no history of participation, while wanting to start at the top as a councilor.

Because of that she doesn't have the history or knowledge of the issues the city has had or is working through. But I commend her for recently reaching out to the library board to gather their thoughts and concerns. Neal ReisnerShe wouldn't have had to do that if she had applied and was appointed to that board or other committees and commissions. The city has had many openings this past year with few applicants. I also believe the minimum involvement in our political process an eligible voter should do, is vote. It's my understanding while living in Gladstone she has only voted once, in last year's school board election.

Though Scott Blessing has lived in Gladstone for over 21 years and I thank him for his years of service as a volunteer firefighter, that's been his only involvement in the community. It would have been helpful for him if he had in the past volunteered for one of the city's boards, committees or commissions. However, it recently became public that he was involved with his mother, current Councilor Linda Neace, when she violated Oregon election laws. Linda Neace picked up circulated and signed candidate petitions (Oregon form SEL 121) that Blessing had circulated but not signed as the circulator, leaving that line blank, which is an Oregon election-law violation. Linda then signed the sheets as the circulator without witnessing the signer's signatures, again an Oregon election-law violation.

Neal Reisner is a resident of Gladstone.


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