Letters to the editor
Rep. Christine Drazan ready to lead Oregon
I'm voting for Rep. Christine Drazan for governor. That may surprise some. Stan Pulliam is my mayor. Bud Pierce is a friend. And I served with Bob Tiernan. In this crowded field of Republican candidates, only Drazan will have all it takes to do the job immediately on day one. Her knowledge and already established relationships will enable her to direct a leadership team to address Oregon's crisis of homelessness, rising crime rates, floundering public schools and taxpayers not getting value for their money.
We don't have time for on-the-job training. While I always encourage new faces onto the political landscape, this is no time for inexperience in our next governor.
Drazan has the understanding of state government and the role government must play in serving Oregonians. She is equipped to help families and businesses. No one will be left out.
My time as speaker with Gov. John Kitzhaber was more successful because of my years in the Legislature, building relationships with legislators and knowing agency heads. It followed years forming teams, creating dialogue and reaching consensus — something sadly absent in Salem today.
Campaign slogans, platitudes and shouting are not solutions. Experience, communication, collaboration and a team headed by a qualified "captain" like Drazan is needed.
Please join me. Drazan is the bold, smart, effective and experienced leader who will pull us all together again.
Former Oregon Speaker of the House
Vote Morrisey O'Donnell in race for MultCo Sheriff
As a former two-time Multnomah County Sheriff, retired after a 35-year-long career in the Sheriff's Office, I get the same one vote as every other eligible voter in our county. But as someone who understands firsthand the challenges the next Sheriff faces, and has worked with the two candidates now running for that role, I want to share why one of them — Nicole Morrisey O'Donnell — is getting my vote.
When I came back for my second time as Sheriff in 2008, some said the agency was teetering on the brink of collapse and facing overwhelming challenges. We're in a similar crisis right now with unprecedented levels of gun violence and crime.
We need a skilled and respected leader to navigate us through the storm to a safer Multnomah County. Nicole is that person. She's the most experienced candidate in the race, trained and ready to get to work on day one. She's earned the respect of her team of 130 deputy sheriffs —and of experienced Sheriffs like me.
My vote as an experienced Sheriff is for Nicole because I know what this role requires — and I know she is the best one for the job.
I hope you'll join me in supporting Nicole Morrisey O'Donnell.
Retired Multnomah County Sheriff
Choose Bonham in GOP primary election
As someone who had the pleasure of representing the Mt. Hood region in the Oregon Legislature, I can appreciate the needs of the community and the kind of representation that this special area deserves in Salem. That's why I'm giving my strong support to Daniel Bonham to be the next state senator for Senate District 26.
In his two-plus terms in the Oregon House, Daniel has proven to have strong leadership skills and a tireless work ethic. In his position as State Representative, I've watched him put in a full day in the Capitol, participate in committee hearings and debating bills on the House floor, then drive multiple hours back to his district to attend an important community event.
Daniel's leadership ability was recognized shortly after his arrival in Salem when his colleagues chose him to be the Deputy Leader of the House Republican Caucus. Though he has served in the minority, Daniel has proven himself to be an effective legislator by working hard and building coalitions of support.
He understands the challenges that our mountain communities face in a Legislature dominated by urban representation.
As your former state representative for House District 52, I strongly urge my Republican friends in Senate District 26 to vote Daniel Bonham for state Senate. He's clearly the most qualified and is endorsed by retiring Sen. Chuck Thomsen and former Congressman Greg Walden.
Pulliam defends freedom of speech
The Stan Pulliam for Governor Campaign stopped at Chapman Park in downtown Portland on April 30. The people at the campaign were assaulted by terrorists wearing black uniforms and masks. The terrorists threw flash bang grenades, eggs, mud, and then [vandalized the campaign bus with] spray paint. This was across the street from the Portland Police Bureau. They allowed the terrorism. See the video for yourself at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TJAdFuxNIY
Whatever happened to free speech in Portland? How about the right to assemble peacefully? Why are terrorists allowed to rule the streets? Whatever happened to law and order?
I will be voting for Stan. He will defend the right to free speech and the right to peaceably assemble.
• Triple the size of the state police to return them to their former strength
• Deploy the national guard to the front lines of the riots and violence
• Look to deputize a portion of the state police temporarily as federal marshals to get violent thugs out of the jurisdiction of the Multnomah County DA who has essentially legalized violent crime through his catch and release policies.
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