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Topics include: Walt Trandum for District 51; Tina Kotek for governor; Cathy Keathley for Gresham City Council; Raz Mason for Senate District 26; Paul Savas for Clackamas County Commission

Get money out of Oregon politics

I'm not certain that the voters of Oregon's new District 51 (Canby, Sandy, Estacada) realize the opportunity now being offered with Walt Trandum's effort to get private outside money out of politics.

Measuring a candidate's fitness for office based on how much money they can raise is a silly way to run any government.

Only by getting private money out of politics can this picture be changed for the better.

Please go to Walt's website,, and learn how you can become part of this movement for change.

Pat Ryan


Kotek will protect Oregon's climate

Tina Kotek is the only candidate for Governor who will lead Oregon in protecting the climate and our environment. A little recent history can be illuminating. In 2019 and 2020 the Oregon legislature was poised to pass a plan to reduce climate-warming emissions, legislation that was supported by a majority of Oregonians. The failure of this legislation was due to Republican legislators walking out of the capitol, thus denying a quorum to pass the bills. The 2020 walkout was led by Christine Drazan. After this Republican-led failure, the only tool left to fight climate change was Governor Kate Brown's executive order on the climate, which updated the existing state carbon emissions goals to reflect the current science, setting a standard of a 45% reduction from 1990 levels by 2035, and an 80% reduction by 2050.

Both Christine Drazan and Betsy Johnson have announced their intentions to rescind Brown's executive order. They offer no meaningful replacement proposals about how Oregon can do its share in averting the climate catastrophe that is upon us. Only Tina Kotek has committed to maintaining Brown's executive order and building on it to lead Oregon into a climate-friendly future. Her track record in the legislature is the best indicator of her ability to deliver on this promise. In her tenure laws were passed to jumpstart wind, solar and other renewable energy projects; transition Oregon completely off dirty coal-fired power by 2030; ban offshore drilling; and enact a statewide moratorium on hydraulic fracturing.

John Christensen


Keathley relentless at supporting Gresham

About 20 years ago as my wife and I were considering moving away from the madness that was creeping into Portland, Cathy Keathley was relentless in her advocacy for the City of Gresham.

She is still relentless. As many of us are looking at the creep of lawlessness and thinking about another move, Cathy refuses to surrender. She continues to feel that Gresham is, and can continue to be, a great community and she is willing to stand up for community services and law enforcement to preserve our community.

Cathy Keathley inspires me to not give up on Gresham.

Jim Payne


Mason will serve with intelligence, honesty

I met Raz Mason years ago at Columbia Gorge Community College. Along with a co-presenter, and to a packed room, Raz detailed some very specific and sophisticated climate change prevention and mitigation strategies. I had already known that she was an educator and a hospital chaplain, and the combination of her diverse experiences and communication skills was very impressive to me. I'm proud to support her for election to Senate District 26, and I have no doubt that she'll serve me and my fellow district residents very capably, with intelligence, ingenuity and honesty. Raz Mason for Senate.

Tina Castanares

Hood River

A vote for Johnson is a vote for Drazan

The Pamplin Media Group's editorial board got its gubernatorial endorsement wrong.

In the endorsement you pointed out that Tina Kotek was the most prepared and best at articulating her plan. In fact, she's the only candidate with a plan.

You also acknowledge that Johnson is peeling away votes from Kotek, creating a path to victory for Republican Christine Drazan. That statement has been backed up by recent polls that show Johnson coming in at a whopping 18% of the vote. Johnson won't win with those numbers.

Even her billionaire backers like Phil Knight are starting to jump ship in favor of Drazan. It's clear, a vote for Betsy Johnson is a vote for Christine Drazan.

Voters should choose the candidate with the strongest plan, the most experience and the best shot at winning. That's Tina Kotek.

Britney VanCitters


Experience matters in county race

I think Paul Savas should be re-elected to the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners (BCC). Since 2011 Paul has provided pragmatic oversight to the County operations. He is a budget expert and focuses on action and results vs. never-ending "process".

Experience matters. Paul is endorsed by every major police organization in Clackamas County. He is dedicated to stopping the out-of-control Portland crime from expanding into our neighborhoods.

Experience matters. Paul is fighting against I-205 tolling. He has attended regular meetings with ODOT, Metro, and the other metro area counties to discuss tolling. Paul is recognized as the leading voice opposing tolling. He is exploring possible legislative roadblocks and supports an initiative to stop tolling.

Experience matters. Paul spearheaded the Veterans Village Transitional Shelter to solve one part of the County's homeless problem. He secured funding for homeless services including shelter, food, mental health and substance abuse. Paul is all about results, not rhetoric.

Experience matters. From the Sunrise Corridor to McLoughlin Boulevard, Paul has lead the County in transportation improvements and economic development. He is endorsed by the North Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce.

Paul's opponent is publishing gross distortions of the truth in her Voter's Pamphlet Statement (VPS) regarding Paul's actions to provide rural Clackamas with broadband services. In fact, he was a lead supporter, and voted for, funding for rural broadband.

Curiously, his opponent's VPS also asserts that "Savas wants to outlaw abortion." Paul has never made any statements about abortion. Never. Moreover, the BCC has never, to my knowledge, discussed the abortion issue. It is simply not part of BCC oversight, in any way. His opponent ought to learn about what the BCC actually does.

The attacks on Paul Savas reek of willfully ignorant desperation. I hope that voters realize that his opponent has built her campaign on falsehoods and non sequiturs.

Please vote for a trusted commissioner with the experience and drive to achieve positive results for the county. Join me in voting for Paul Savas.

Richard Jaskiel


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