Estacada community members sign vote of confidence for mayor
More than 200 Estacada area residents added their names to a vote of confidence for Mayor Sean Drinkwine.
Drinkwine has faced backlash for a Facebook post last month critical of local Black Lives Matter demonstrations. Though Drinkwine has apologized multiple times, saying his goal was to respond to concerns about violence, several Estacada city councilors and the Portland NAACP have stated that he should resign.
But 240 local community members think otherwise. Estacada City Council President Katy Dunsmuir delivered an informal petition and vote of confidence that was coordinated by local residents to City Hall on Thursday, July 16.
Those who signed the vote of confidence did so during the Fourth of July gathering or requested that their names be added through the Estacada Neighborhood Watch Facebook Group.
"It shows there's still support for the mayor," Dunsmuir said. "The purpose of this petition is to remind people that they represent all of Estacada, including the 240 who signed the petition."
Dunsmuir described Drinkwine as an "amazing mayor."
"Sean and I don't agree 100% of the time, but we respect each other," she said, noting listening to one another's perspectives helps them develop that respect. "Democracy is about having a conversation."
Dunsmuir added that she appreciates "all of the voices that have been part of the greater discussion."
"They're all valid and important," she said.
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