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The letters include the following topics: Kathleen Walker for Sandy mayor; opposes Bonham for Senate District 26; endorses Eddy Morales, Mario Palmero, Amanda Orozco-Beach, Jerry Hinton for Gresham City Council;

Elect Walker next mayor of Sandy

The strength of our democracy improves with healthy competition. There are those who have refused to run for Mayor of Sandy to protect themselves and their families from underhanded attacks. The dirty, divisive politics we associate with state and national races have crept into our community. Sandy voters are too smart to fall for the falsehoods being spread about Mayoral Candidate Kathleen Walker by her opponent in a recent mailer. Walker's prompt response, via her own flyer, clearly defines her record and supports it with facts.

For years I have had the pleasure of working with Kathleen on many of the projects folks treasure in Sandy. She volunteered her time to champion construction of the Tickle Creek and Sandy River Trails as well as obtaining grant funding for, then coordinating replacement of, signs and telescopes at Jonsrud Viewpoint. Her passion for maintaining Sandy's livability is unmatched.

To paraphrase President John F. Kennedy, "No American is ever made better off by pulling a fellow American down." Ms. Walker will continue to hold her head high and present her many qualifications for Mayor of Sandy in hopes of earning your vote…even while her competitor slings mud.

Nancy Enabnit


Don't trust Bonham for SD26

Is abortion "settled law" in Oregon? Daniel Bonham, running for Senate District 26, says that it is, but we all know that is what some Supreme Court justices said right before they overturned Roe v. Wade.

Bonham has stated that he his pro-life and he is endorsed by Oregon Right to Life PAC, an extremist organization that is working to ban all abortion, even in the case of rape or incest. Their executive director, Lois Anderson, is quoted as saying "We stand with Daniel...because he always stood with us."

Furthermore, Bonham sponsored legislation (HB 4042) that would interfere with a doctor's ability to provide medical abortion care to a patient. Not only would it require doctors to discuss potentially dangerous "reversal" options that are not medically proven or even studied, it would allow family members to sue anyone who helps a person get an abortion.

Don't let Daniel Bonham fool you. If he gets elected, his agent includes limiting, criminalizing and outlawing abortion.

Serena Smith

The Dalles

Younger candidates serve all residents

Local elections are more important than ever. We would like to believe they are non-partisan. But look around the country at school boards and city and county councils who won't approve election results, ban books or limit teachings. Please think beyond whether you believe in their talking point. Where do they stand on other important long term issues?

The differences between our candidates' longstanding views are easy to research. We have a councilor that posts horror videos against pro-choice, we have councilors and candidates who stand in solidarity together but attend election denier events, and use their school board position to vote against allocating school funds to insure low income children are fed.

These councilors are younger, and bring life experiences of understanding how to create policies that are equal to all residents and focus on an inclusive community. They have dedicated their lives to serving others beyond looking for a good retirement hobby with limited interaction to those in the trenches.

Public safety is a dire issue for this city and is more than just police funding. Across the country you will see police unions endorsing conservatives and messaging if you aren't conservative you are soft on crime. Councilors Eddy Morales and Mario Palmero have voted for each funding package, police efficiency study and public safety levy while also championing youth initiatives for intervention and prevention. Amanda Orozco-Beach has focused her previous work on homelessness, poverty issues and school-based health for youths.

There are a broad range of issues facing the younger population that makes up Gresham. We need councilors who collaborate regionally to fund programs, not rebel or chose to not engage with leaders in the region who don't share extreme views. We need creative leaders with solutions across the board. I support Eddy Morales, Mario Palermo and Amanda Orozco-Beach for those reasons.

Gracie Myers


Elect Hinton for a safer Gresham

I have a home and family in Gresham. We have lived here for years, sent our kids to the Gresham schools, and I shop local. But so much has changed in the past two years it is hard to recognize my once loved city.

Gresham is under siege by criminals, high crime rates and homeless people. When Jerry Hinton told me he was running for City Council, I eagerly told him how happy I was.

I know Jerry to be a man I can trust with my tax dollars. I know he will use his personal and professional experiences to solve the problems that have changed our city so drastically in the past two years. The City Council has changed the direction of where Gresham is heading. Gresham was a safe, friendly community that welcomed all walks of life.

Under the current City Council majority voting block, the policies they have embraced have changed the direction to be more like Portland. The people they appear to be welcoming are homeless and criminals. This has to stop.

Jerry Hinton will redirect our council back to the solid, safe, and secure decisions we have made in the past. I am not political by nature, but when my family and home are at risk because of the current directions the council majority bloc is making, I will be political. I am voting for Jerry Hinton to replace Mario Palmero.

Dawn Emmen


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