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Letter writer Valerie Wicklund of Sandy endorses incumbent Jim Bernard for re-election, praising him for 'fiscally responsible leadership.'

For 12 years, Jim Bernard has been looking out for our interests as a county commissioner. He is now the chair of the Clackamas County Commission and has a deep understanding of how county government works. His focus on fiscally responsible leadership appeals to me.

As a former state auditor, I know how important auditing is to keep government accountable. Jim Bernard created an audit committee 11 years ago. It is comprised of people outside of Clackamas County government and it reviews the county's annual audits. The audit committee makes recommendations to improve fiscal processes.

Well designed and implemented fiscal processes, in turn, led to the high bond rating Clackamas County enjoys — a AAA rating. This is the highest possible rating and translates into low interest on bonds.

Doing the right thing paid off with low interest on bonds available for development of hospitals and [retirement] facilities like Willamette View and Mary's Woods.

I hope you will join me in re-electing Commissioner Bernard in 2020 and keep fiscally responsible leadership in place. Nothing is more important in government than transparency and accountability.

Valerie Wicklund


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