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Incumbent commissioner lines up lists of priorities, supporters in run for May 2022 primary

Sonya Fischer has filed for reelection to Position 5 on the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners, seeking her second full four-year term in the nonpartisan role.

Fischer, an attorney and former legislative director, was appointed in 2017 to the seat left vacant by Jim Bernard's election to serve as Clackamas County chair. Fischer easily won reelection in 2018, when she ran unopposed.

"I've worked hard to cut through politics and personalities to concentrate on what matters most to our families and communities," Fischer told Pamplin Media Group. "I hope that I've earned voters' support as someone who always puts people and Clackamas County first."

Fischer's campaign in 2022 is already facing three opponents. Filing against the incumbent in the upcoming May 17 primary election are Wilsonville City Councilor Ben West, Sandy realtor Dana Hindman-Allen and Evan D. Geier of unincorporated urban North Clackamas.

Fischer said she has prioritized being a voice for residents during her tenure as commissioner and looks to continue pushing for increased public access to a network of resources serving community needs related to safety, housing, health, family justice, economic opportunities and more.

"What I really have always loved to do, my whole life, is really listen and understand people," Fischer said. "It is really rewarding to have the opportunities to really lean in and understand what people feel and think and find pathways."

"When it comes right down to it, we have a lot of consensus," she added about the Clackamas County community at large. "People want to have communities where it's safe and affordable, where there's dependable childcare, where families and children are supported."

Fischer highlighted the way local elected officials, businesses and community leaders from across the county have come together to voice their concerns about upcoming I-205 tolls which many residents say will cause severe and disproportionate harm, particularly to the quality of life and local economies of areas of West Linn and Oregon City.

"It's just so rich and unique and diverse across the landscape of Clackamas County," Fischer said, "but within all of the diversity of all those communities are the same core values that people care about."

Fischer added that it is her responsibility as an elected official to continue championing those core values despite a partisan political culture at the local and national level.Clackamas County Commissioner Sonya Fischer

"We have a lot of divisiveness in this current political climate, which has really highlighted the political divide, which definitely seeps down to the local level; so my job as a commissioner is to fight through that to get us to where we all need to be," she said.

Fischer said she also encourages her colleagues on the board to come together around matters they agree upon, adding that she has been "instrumental" in facilitating the progress of ongoing initiatives including the equitable distribution of federal COVID-19 relief funds and homeless services as well as the development of projects like the new county courthouse planned for Oregon City, and library facilities planned for Gladstone and Oak Lodge.

"We have to keep focused on our people at the other end with every decision that we make and we have got to work together on behalf of our constituents," Fischer said. "It's really important and that's what I'm going to keep doing."

Before joining the county board, Fischer in 2016 started her own legal firm, Fischer Family Law, after over a decade of working as an attorney in Lake Oswego. She also previously served as president of Clackamas Women Lawyers, of which she remains a member, and sat on the board of directors for Disability Rights Oregon.

Fischer said she has already kicked off fundraising efforts, including hosting virtual "house parties" with supporters, as she continues preparing her reelection campaign for an official announcement.

Contributors to her campaign so far include Congressman Kurt Schrader ($1,000), former Clackamas County Chair Jim Bernard ($500), former Oregon City Mayor Dan Fowler ($500), Clackamas County District Attorney John Wentworth ($250), Clackamas County Assessor Tami Little ($250), Clackamas County Sheriff Angela Brandenburg ($250), Happy Valley City Councilor David Emami ($250), Lake Oswego City Councilor Massene Mboup ($250), Multnomah County Commissioners Jessica Pederson and Susheela Jayapal ($250 each), State Treasurer Tobias Read ($200), TriMet/North Clackamas School board member Kathy Wai ($150) and Milwaukie City Councilor Angel Falconer ($125).

In the meantime, Fischer continues updating her campaign website to reflect added goals for a potential upcoming term.

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