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Jerry Herrmann: Oregon Senate District 20 candidate deserves our support in November.

Bill Kennemer is running for Oregon Senate District 20 in November, and we can expect his continued leadership in "practical environmentalism," because that is who he is.

Bill has participated in leadership for over two decades in the Oregon Legislature, was Clackamas County commissioner and chair of the county board and during those years, has always sought to achieve functional results on difficult environmental issues that concern us all.

His recent work in stewarding responses to Willamette River habitat degradation complements former Gov. Tom McCall's work that ultimately cleaned up one of America's worst rivers, the Willamette. McCall's leadership in dealing with cities, counties, industries and citizens achieved a "river restored" on the Willamette.Jerry Herrmann

That governor's efforts involved legislation, arm twisting and ultimately getting people to work together to get the Willamette in livable and beautiful shape for Oregonians, fish and wildlife.

Bill has been diligent in working to reduce impacts to the river by people recreating on it in ways that are not healthy to the river and threaten salmon and many river users. Bill led those efforts, and with his concerns for possible endangered species of grouse, chukars and other ground-nesting birds of Eastern Oregon, he made commitments to both the Willamette Valley and farmers and ranchers of Eastern Oregon that ultimately improved the habitats for people and wildlife. His initiatives to protect these birds — by getting ranchers, farmers and other land users together to make a "win-win" situation — helped avoid an endangered designation.

Bill Kennemer deserves our support as we search for practical and reasonable solutions to our environmental challenges. He, like McCall, knows how to get the job done.

Jerry Herrmann


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