My wish for 2022 is political peace and harmony for our county government. I have spent most of my adult life in Clackamas County. Kind people and natural beauty define Clackamas. The economy is thriving and the population is growing. While the markers of a healthy society are improving in Clackamas County, our government is dysfunctional. Our Board of County Commissioners is comprised of three Republicans and two Democrats. As you might imagine, they are at one another's throats.
Our board of commissioners is an embarrassment. There is hyper-partisanship and immaturity. Bad blood and score-settling trumps bipartisanship. Both sides throw red meat to the base. This is a recipe for disaster.
How to move forward? Force the board to be true to its nonpartisan charter. Right now I can predict votes based on partisan identification. This needs to stop. The Ds and Rs need to be put away, high up on the shelf. Coalitions must be built, and temperatures need dialing down.
While I am not happy with our current county commission, there are good people sitting at the head. In the spirit of bipartisanship, I'd like to highlight Paul Savas and Sonya Fischer. Savas is a Republican and Fischer is a Democrat. But unlike their national parties, Savas and Fischer aren't insane! I have witnessed both of them reaching across the aisle, working for the health and vitality of Clackamas County. Neither officeholder makes asinine comments, like County Commissioner Mark Shull.
A New Year means a new orientation in life and politics. While I may a registered Democrat, my votes this spring will be bipartisan. I will gladly cast my votes for Republican Savas and Democrat Fischer. It's time for a new political paradigm.
Kathy Chandler is a Happy Valley resident.
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