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Tootie Smith officially filed paperwork to run for the chair of the Clackamas County Commission

COURTESY PHOTO - Tootie Smith.Tootie Smith officially filed paperwork at the County Clerk's office to run for the chair of the Clackamas County Commission, a position currently held by Jim Bernard.

Smith said that the Clackamas County Commission inability's to balance its checkbook while receiving record revenues, $1.22 billion, from taxpayers is just one reason why she is running for Chair.

Smith also cited the Clackamas County Commissioners vote in February 2019 to overturn voter's decision on a vehicle registration tax that failed by 64 percent.

"Voters are fed up and demand better from their elected officials," said Smith. "I will bring a simpler solution that will cost taxpayers a fraction of current spending while balancing budgets. There are better ways to address infrastructure needs aside from huge taxes. Less costly solutions have been ignored too long.

Smith served one term on the Clackamas County Commission board, losing her re-election bid in November 2018 to Ken Humbertson by a narrow margin (51 to 49 percent). Now, she's back.

"The Clackamas County Commission are a super majority and act just like the super majority in the Oregon Legislature with small regard for the voices of the citizens it represents," added Smith.

Smith also pointed to the Commission's inability to adequately obtain federal and state funding for the Sheriff's Department.

"Community Corrections are key to fixing the homeless crisis gripping our county. Efforts must be addressed to identify the causes of homelessness. We can't continue to build costly housing without first identifying why people are homeless," said Smith.

Smith said her experience being elected to the Oregon Legislature and serving on the Ways and Means Committee for four years during declining budgetary cycles are a needed skill set to solve the problems Clackamas County faces. She was first elected to the Clackamas County Commission in 2014 to 2016, leaving Clackamas County with a surplus budget.

As a business owner for decades, Smith works as a community activist, author and fourth-generation farmer. She lives on her hazelnut farm with her husband of 42 years, cat and dog.


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