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The Times' readers share different opinions and perspectives on Tina Kotek and Betsy Johnson.

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Former Sherwood city councilor weighs in

I write and thank Mayor Keith Mays. When I left office, he took the reins and did a great job. His list of accomplishments is long, we have a long-term water source, a great infrastructure, roads, and outstanding parks, the city is doing great.

You have preserved the best of Sherwood. Sherwood is a dream to live in, because of dedicated people like you and the city staff. Keith has prioritized maintaining a great staff, who work hard. Most citizens do not understand that county and state money doesn't just show up, it takes hours and hours of meetings lobbying and working with the state and county to ensure that we receive the support we need. All those hours are often put in by the mayor, who takes copious amounts of time off work to work for all of us for free.

Keith, you have put in countless hours for our city, and a well-deserved thank you has been earned. I fully support Tim Rosener for our next mayor. I have worked with him on a few committees, and he is insightful, patient and thoughtful. He is a leader. So, Keith, thank you for all you have done.

Mark Cottle, Sherwood

Proposed tolls are in the wrong place

In my humble opinion, there should be tolls at the Oregon-Washington border, not Wilsonville.

Barbara Falck, Aloha

Johnson is best choice for Oregon

Betsy Johnson is the right choice to lead Oregon forward.

Unlike her two opponents, she's not beholden to the far left or the far right. She's unafraid to call out extremists on both sides. I truly believe that she can and will bring both sides together.

Like many of Oregonians, I'm mad at the condition Oregon is in. A homeless problem, rising crime, failing schools, rising costs, you name it. Betsy will work to solve all of these problems and help get Oregon back on track. That's why both Democrats and Republicans have endorsed her. She's a no-nonsense, problem solver who has a history of working with both parties to improve the lives of Oregonians.

I hope you will join me and others in supporting Betsy Johnson for governor!

John Meissinger, Sherwood

Oregon has a brighter future with Kotek

As a young female, I am constantly peppered with questions about my future and if it involves children.

Most conversations go something along the lines of, "Oh, you're growing up so fast! Have you thought about having kids yet?"

I usually respond awkwardly with, "Oh, I don't know."

What I wish I could say is that with the state of our planet's climate emergency, I don't even know if it is ethical to have children.

The state of climate change is constantly nagging at me, as if the children I might never get to have are pulling at my arm. While I plan my future, I think, "How could I ever pass this burden down to kids?"

Tina Kotek is leading the fight to end climate change in Oregon. While her opponents Christine Drazan and Betsy Johnson have consistently fought against climate change reform and even, in Christine Drazan's case, walked out of a legislative session to kill a climate bill that would decrease carbon emissions, Tina Kotek has been proving herself again and again by successfully passing climate legislation as the speaker of the House.

Please, for my future and yours, vote Tina Kotek for Oregon governor.

Aidan Pace, Hillsboro


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