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Holly Swogger: Incumbent Oregon City candidates may not share opinions, but are always respectful, knowledgeable

I know we are all busy trying to live normal lives in what are not normal times. Please take a moment to read this. Your City Commission has a lot to do with your quality of life in Oregon City.

For the first two years he served as a city commissioner, Frank O'Donnell wanted to quit after almost every meeting. He felt like that City Commission was not listening to the very people who have chosen to make their homes in Oregon City.

With your vote, the commission changed in 2018. Rocky Smith — born and raised in Oregon City — and Rachel Lyles Smith were elected. That was followed by Denyse McGriff, appointed to the commission after the resignationHolly Swogger of a commissioner.

Oregon City now enjoys the best commission it has had in many years.

Rocky Smith and Denyse McGriff bring a love of the city and a knowledge of our history that only comes with their long-term residence. Denyse McGriff brings specialized knowledge in land use and planning, a key issue in the future growth of our city. Rachel Lyles Smith brings a knowledge of the public and private sector. Frank O'Donnell brings an educational background of business, civil engineering and law that is helpful in many decisions faced by your City Commission.

Though they may not share the same opinion, they are always respectful of each other and you — our neighbors. Together, they all share a commitment to community involvement and open government, and work together toward good decisions for our community.

Please do not "break up the set." Vote for Denyse McGriff and Frank O'Donnell and allow them to continue to look out for you and me, fairly represent both our business and family communities, and continue to serve the community they love.

Holly Swogger is an Oregon City resident.


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