OPINION: Let's think big and put the 'port' back in Portland
Campaigns are about bringing ideas and solutions to the table. My name is Derry Jackson, and I am on your ballot, running for the Multnomah Board of Commissioners in District 2, with salient and viable solutions.
My message: Bring the Navy and the 5th Naval Shipyard to our ports, ushering back into the forefront our founding father's vision for "PORTland," Oregon — a port city indeed. A shipyard swings us from a donor state, where more money leaves to Washington than is returned, to a donee state, where more money flows into the state than goes out. If I succeed, I promise you three things will happen:
1. Tax cuts for everyone, as our growth to treasury eclipses the increase in government associated with a growing state economy.
2. Great paying, family sustaining, blue-collar jobs, a bump unlike we've ever experienced, bringing in an estimated $15 billion a year, once fully operational. And much sooner is the infusion of cash associated with constructing the shipyard.
3. Our housing crisis — tents, filth and crime — will taper off as our citizens are able to find and secure adequate housing for themselves, eliminating the need to turn to criminal behaviors to survive.
Now, we could keep doing the same thing, namely, voting for the same sycophants being paraded about as demonstrably qualified. But upon a closer review, you find that the actual qualifications are arbitrary and capricious, hardly what you would want in government. In fact, far too often the pick was/is based on money.
As for the results? Well, you see it for yourself, the continued pain, punctuated by abject failures, and a seemingly insatiable appetite for taxing and spending. It can stop. You can put an end to it. Vote for a responsible, open and accountable government. This I can also deliver, being well-versed in chewing gum and walking at the same time.
What does a path to my victory in District 2 look like? My first and prime objective is to force the campaign into a fall runoff, buying us more time. Time is what we need, as the prime goal is to double the number of ballots counted relative to 2020. To achieve this, we plan to lean in on exciting young and first-time voters, many who remain unregistered and disengaged, unaware of the fact that they can register and or update their voter registration right up to the day ballots are cast.
Looking at the district's 2020 data, the best performing ZIP code was 97211 with 66% of registered voters casting over 31,900 ballots from some 48,500 plus registered voters. However, and by my calculation, this is still but a fraction of the estimated 74,000 eligible voters residing therein.
Placing second was ZIP code 97217, with 19,500 casted from almost 21,000 registered, representing an impressive 93% voter turnout. You guys rock! Though, by my calculations, you still have some 22,400 eligible voters unregistered living there.
Finally, in third, was ZIP code 97203 with 12,200 votes cast of the 23,600 registered, representing just shy of 52% voter turnout, though you show with some upward 45,000 unregistered voters.
Why does this data matter? It is simple. Those missing ballots, some 45,000 registered but not casting ballots, would be the difference, denying the incumbent 50% threshold, with most coming closer to polls closing. Moreover, there are another 115,000 eligible voters who are not registered but living in District 2.
My campaign will be trained on getting young folks registered and voting, right up to and including May 17. Therefore, central to my campaign will be our mission to promote and educate citizens of the "agency" they possess by way of their ballot. How using it wisely can result in better public policy.
The world is a dangerous place. But thank God we have America to protect Earth. Alexander Hamilton argued that the country with the greatest navy will dominant the planet. We got his wish. Now, it is up to Oregon to keep it. Let us do our part, leading the navy toward a modern, green fleet.
Derry Jackson, a former member of the Portland Public School board, is running for Multnomah County Board of Commissioners in District 2. You can learn more at his Facebook page, Jackson for a Better Oregon, or website: www.JacksonForABetterOregon.org.
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