Mikelson: Elect Dudzic as county commissioner
I feel fortunate that Oregon has such an established vote-by-mail system as our local primary is approaching while we face the isolating impacts of Covid-19. As a resident of Columbia County, I'd like to highlight my candidate in the local race for County Commissioner Position 1: Brandee Dudzic.
Brandee fully embodies her position as a Columbia County neighbor, a veteran and a mother. I saw a campaign video she posted where she spoke about the pressures of actively raising three children while being a working mom —no one else on the current board of commissioners represents that perspective. She understands that we have a childcare desert here. She knows what little services exist for teenagers. As a childcare professional, I am acutely aware of how challenging these times are for working parents, as daycares and schools are closed and many parents are working from home while trying to adapt to distance learning. Brandee is facing the same challenges. She has promised to address the issue of childcare scarcity in the county and expand services for teens and young adults. If we want to create a county that supports working parents and their families, Brandee is the candidate to get us there.
Additionally, Brandee offered to lower her commissioner salary to hire a county administrator. She also offered to make her work calendar public so we can be sure our commissioners are working enough hours to represent their pay. No one else has offered a public calendar.
I will be voting for Brandee Dudzic for Columbia County Commissioner Position 1 and I hope you will join me in voting for her on Tuesday May 19, 2020.
Sabbath Mikelson, Warren
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