Three new commissioners will take office in early January

The Clackamas County Elections Division has counted every ballot, and the results of the Nov. 6 general election are final, but unofficial until Dec. 6.

Throughout the entire county, 83.2 percent of registered voters turned in their ballots.

Elected to the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners were John Ludlow as chairman and Tootie Smith in Position No. 4.

John LudlowJohn Ludlow

Ludlow received 76,415 votes, 52.2 percent of the votes, while Charlotte Lehan received 70,037 votes, 47.5 percent of those voting.

Ludlow says he will allow the public “more say in how their tax dollars are spent.”

He laments the way the current commission finds new ways to “constantly seek new sources of revenue from occupants of the county.”

“I would like to pursue cost and value savings,” he said, “before we ask the taxpayers for more of their hard earned cash.”

Ludlow anticipates that each commissioner will vote according to “their own set of values and experiences.” He does not expect a voting bloc to form, even though two of the commissioners were funded by the same source and campaigned together, while a third commissioner signed on to support the other two.

Tootie SmithTootie Smith

Smith received 76,537 votes, 52.5 percent, while Jamie Damon received 69,329 votes, 47.5 percent.

Smith says she and John Ludlow have a common purpose of “protecting the citizens’ voice.”

When looking at a new idea, Smith says she considers how it might affect various aspects of the county, including businesses, livability and “most importantly do the citizens of Clackamas County want it?”

With the new administration, Smith says she is expecting a new attitude about how governance is implemented in the county.

“We have to have a more open commission,” she said, “by either weekly meetings held at night, actual conversation between citizens and commissioners and an open dialogue of what we as commissioners are doing.”

Smith says she agrees with the way Damon was shepherding the county’s right to properly manage and harvest timber from federal lands in the county to help fund schools.

When Smith says she is an independent thinker, she means she might have some ideas on how to move forward on various projects, but also wants to mix her ideas with those of county residents. That’s why she says she wants to have much more dialogue with her constituents than has been the practice with previous commissioners.

Martha Schrader

Martha Schrader was elected outright in the primary election, and will join the commission in January. Look for information about her attitude toward governance in a future issue of The Post.

The first meeting where the new commissioners will be seen is scheduled for Jan. 7, 2013.

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