Letters to the editor
Elect Tina Kotek for Oregon governor
Please join me in voting for Tina Kotek for governor.
She is the only candidate who has the experience, skills,
leadership, and commitment required to protect and strengthen Oregon's communities, economy, and climate resiliency.
Tina is our best hope for the future and I want that for my children and grandchildren, too.
We need you, so please vote for Tina and involve others in her campaign for Governor!
Lori Hood of Corbett
Rep. Hudson produces results in Legislature
Homelessness is a crisis in East Multnomah County, the Portland area, and across Oregon. Rep. Zach Hudson, D-Troutdale, did something about it.
Hudson successfully earmarked $2.9 million in state funding this year for a work force development hub to be located right here in East County.
The hub will train unsheltered people for the jobs they need to secure housing, and also provide much-needed services to these vulnerable neighbors.
The nonprofit Cultivate Initiatives will run the hub. Cultivate has done a lot of good in our community, from operating warming shelters at Reynolds High School to using unhoused staffers to help clean county roads in Wood Village, Troutdale, Fairview, Gresham and East Portland.
Rep. Hudson is a quiet, humble leader. But he gets things done—especially on issues like homelessness, public education, food security, and affordable housing that so many people out here in East County care about. Please consider giving him your vote in the Nov. 8 election.
Wendy Lawton of Fairview
Retain Gladfelter on Gresham City Council
What can I say about current Gresham City Councilor Janine Gladfelter you don't already know . You probably already know she has lived in the area for quite some time, is married to the love of her life, loves dogs and has several, has a full-time job with one of our local banking institutions, has the most infectious smile and doesn't have a mean bone in her body.
What you don't know is that she is not a politician in that sense of that word, but someone who works to make her community a better place for all of us and she doesn't look at it as work but as giving back.
I have watched her at many meetings over the years and her commitment is real and genuine and with that balance of dedication and determination , we cannot afford to lose her.
Her level of allegiance is beyond belief and with common sense leadership so lacking on our current council.
Councilor Gladfelter has been our voice as well as it has been for Gresham. We need to retain that voice. Let's keep Janine Gladfelter.
Alyson Huntting of Gresham
Drazan is the change needed in Oregon
In recent years we've seen a dramatic rise in violent crime, drug use and homelessness in our communities. Thanks to failed laws like Measure 110 that have enabled drug use and refusal by those in power to support our law enforcement, these problems have gotten worse.
East County has seen just how damaging these problems have been to our neighborhoods. It's clear we need a new direction. That's why I'm voting for Christine Drazan for governor.
Unlike the Brown administration, whose every step was supported by Tina Kotek, Drazan is committed to tackling these challenges and building opportunities for Oregonians from all walks of life.
She won't simply pander to the city of Portland, because she knows that communities like Troutdale need support. She will give us a voice in Salem and ensure that our unique qualities are not ignored by our state government. She's a proven leader who, unlike Kotek, has shown the uncommon courage to work across the aisle to get results.
Oregon needs a change, and a leader like Christine Drazan is exactly what we need to get Oregon back on track.
Mayor Randy Lauer of Troutdale
Keathley puts public safety first
Public safety in Gresham is our top priority and that is why we strongly endorse Cathy Keathley for Gresham City Council, Position 2. We have known the Keathley family for almost 30 years and know Cathy is a woman of integrity. She is a lifelong resident of Gresham and has always been heavily involved in the community and in our schools.
The progressive agenda of her opponent, Eddy Morales (Founder of East County Rising), worries us. We do not want to see Gresham go the way of the policies and problems of Portland. East County Rising endorses Portland City Councilwoman Jo Ann Hardesty — need we say more?
We share Cathy's concern in making Gresham a safe and stable place to live. Current policies and the lack of proper funding have already caused an alarming number of police officers to leave Gresham. Cathy Keathley is endorsed by the Gresham Police Officers' Association.
One of her best attributes is that she is a thoughtful and compassionate listener. She asks insightful questions and works to understand all sides of the issues. She will lead Gresham in finding solutions.
We will be voting for Cathy Keathley
Gresham City Council, Position 2.
Dave and Debbie Mehlhaff of Gresham
Vote for Keathley
I was at a recent neighborhood event and heard candidate Keathley say she will strengthen the Gresham Police Department. What a breath of fresh air. I believe and trust she can get this done. Our police need our support and they need a council that will strengthen that department. But what also was important to me is that she is married to a firefighter. She has public safety as a priority…police and fire. I know she has the heart and focus on both departments. Public safety personnel would be in good hands with Keathley.
Speaking from the point of view of 30 years as a 9-1-1 employee, and as a citizen of Gresham for 35 years, I can't wait to get my ballot and vote for her. I do not want Gresham to be like Portland and Keathley will keep Gresham Gresham…a safe place to live.
Katherine Black of Gresham
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