Molalla resident announces candidacy for county commissioner
Molalla resident Breeauna Sagdal announced last week that she will run in the May election for Clackamas County Commissioner seat 4, currently held by Ken Humberston.
The first day to file officially is Thursday, Sept. 12, and Sagdal said she will file that day.
As a mother managing a home and professional career, Sagdal didn't feel represented. So she began to get involved politically. She has served as the regional director and special rights advocate for the nonprofit Punished 4 Protecting and has advocated for parents in fights against the Department of Human Services. She is also a registered lobbyist in Salem, not paid by any special interest group, but just as a concerned citizen, she said.
Now, she's taking her experience and putting herself on the ballot.
"I'm running because I feel like it's my duty to preserve our republic and democracy as it is today," Sagdal said. "I feel like it's all of our duty really, to get involved and to be involved. But I feel led to."
Sagdal is running on a platform of several issues she's passionate about. She'd like to work with law enforcement to create a child trafficking task force, she wants to repeal Clackamas County's "burdensome and outdated" vehicle registration fee, she'd like to work with Multnomah County to prevent it from claiming eminent domain, ensure transparency for contracts with Metro and negotiate solutions to tolling roads and bridges.
And that's not all. As someone who comes from a family of cattle ranchers, Sagdal is also passionate about protecting private property and ensuring water rights for landowners.
One more. If elected, Sagdal would hope to create a citizen DHS oversight committee, similar to Washington County's, to hold courts accountable.
"As an advocate I have seen just the most egregious violations of due process," Sagdal said. "This system in particular is horrifying. The system itself lacks and denies due process to parents."
Sagdal suggests taking a deep look into DHS and the foster care system. Instead of removing so many children from their homes, she suggests working to help parents and keep as many families together as possible.
When asked why people should vote for Sagdal, she said the following.
"I think that people should vote for me because I'm accessible, I'm honorable, I have integrity," she said. "I have always been there to represent the voice of the disenfranchised and the voiceless. I'm sensitive to people's needs. I would never turn my back on or turn a cold shoulder to a committee of people that come in and say something is important to them. I will always hear those needs.
"So, I think people should vote for me because they're already paying taxes for a representative, and they may as well be represented."
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