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Les Poole: We are no longer able or willing to continue on an unaffordable path

Les PooleCounty Commissioner Sonya Fischer has apparently overlooked the strong message from the voters in 2020. They overwhelmingly rejected Metro's $5.5 billion transit tax and incumbents who, like Fischer, knowingly approved unsustainable budgets. When controversial Chair Jim Bernard, and his staunch ally, Ken Humberston, lost their reelection bids, Fischer became the last member of "Team Bernard" on the commission.

In spite of the trauma we've been through in recent months and the difficult road ahead, Fischer has maintained a relentless three-month focus on removing Commissioner Mark Shull based on Facebook statements he made prior to being elected. Overturning Shull's defeat of Humberston isn't county business, but her deep involvement has made it an issue. She's accused Shull of inappropriate behavior since he took the oath, but when requested to provide examples, she's provided nothing.

Ironically, Fischer previously defended outrageous conduct by former Chair Bernard that included bizarre Facebook postings and personal attacks on residents who testified during meetings. The commissioners are elected as nonpartisan, but her clear double standard reeks of partisanship. (All of the meeting videos are posted on the county website, so my words can be easily verified.)

While a strong advocate for children and social services, Fischer has been unreliable when we desperately need her to focus on the economic and natural disaster recoveries, emergency preparedness, transportation and careful management of our finances. She seems unwilling to acknowledge the voters' message … We are no longer able or willing to continue on an unaffordable path, nor do we expect our future livability to be dominated by Metro's narrow vision.

Had Fischer been on the ballot in November, she would have lost, too.

Les Poole is a Gladstone resident.


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