ENDORSEMENT: Our picks for the May Primary
It may not have the political fervor of last fall's presidential election, but voters across Oregon are preparing to cast their votes in the May primary over the next few weeks.
Up for consideration locally are a host of issues, including levies that will determine how the city of Hillsboro and Washington County Sheriff's Office spend your money, along with at least two new members coming to the Hillsboro School Board.
For the past month, the Hillsboro Tribune's editorial board has been meeting with candidates and campaigns. In this Friday's issue of the Tribune, you'll find endorsements for several races, including our picks for School Board and the levies in Washington County and the city of Hillsboro.
Ballots are now in the hands of voters, and here are our thoughts on each of the big races as we count down to Election Day.
Hillsboro Tribune endorsements for the 2017 primary:
Hillsboro School Board
• Position 1: Erika Lopez
• Position 2: Mark Watson
• Position 3: Monte Akers
• Position 6: Alexander Flores
• Measure 34-272 (Washington County local option levy renewal for police services): Yes
• Measure 34-273 (City of Hillsboro operating levy for police, fire and parks): Yes
We've said this before, but it's worth repeating: As a community newspaper, we take this responsibility seriously. We weigh not just what we think should happen with each race, but also what impact we think that will have, both locally and statewide.
Who makes our endorsements? Several people. Local endorsements are written by Hillsboro Tribune Publisher Nikki DeBuse, Managing Editor Nancy Townsley and Associate Editor Geoff Pursinger. For county-wide or state-wide races, we collaborate with the editorial board of the Tribune's parent company, Pamplin Media Group, which includes editors and publishers from newspapers across the Portland area, including the Portland Tribune, Forest Grove News-Times and Beaverton Valley Times.
Not everyone will agree with our choices, of course, and we want to hear what you think. Love them or hate them, we encourage our readers to submit letters to the editor sharing your thoughts on who voters should elect this May. We'll run them in the next few issues of the Tribune leading up to Election Day.
You can submit your letter to the editor by clicking here.