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Letters to the editor submitted by various voices throughout the mid Willamette Valley

Perplexed with Chavez-DeRemer's message

I am perplexed by Oregon's 5th Congressional District Republican candidate Lori Chavez-DeRemer. Her television ads deal almost exclusively with crime in Portland, not Clackamas and Deschutes, the counties she is trying to represent.

Does Lori Chavez-DeRemer realize that Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici represents downtown Portland? As someone who resides in Clackamas County, I am not overly concerned with what's going on in Multnomah County.

Ask yourself two questions: 1) has a crime been committed against you recently? and 2) have you recently witnessed a crime? If the answer is no to both of these questions, exactly what crime are you afraid of? If you live in certain parts of Portland, then sure, public safety may be your No. 1 concern. But let's be honest: Most conservatives never visit Portland. I live in Happy Valley. Things are pretty quiet around here. I haven't witnessed anything nefarious, just teenagers who like to speed.

I highly doubt Lori Chavez-DeRemer will be driving to downtown Portland to attend an event anytime soon. She obviously hates Portland. Fine, but what is she going to do for the residents of her district? She needs to stop treating us like morons; we can read maps, we know her district, and it's not Portland.

Clackamas County is a wonderful place to live. I haven't seen any chaos. Where is the American carnage in the 5th Congressional District? I certainly don't see it. Chavez-DeRemer may be an excellent candidate for police commissioner of Portland, but she has no interest in representing her district. I think I'll pass.

Kathy Chandler

Happy Valley

In support of Cramer

I'm voting for (House District 22 candidate) Tracy because she is backed by law enforcement. She recognizes that we must fully fund the local police and give them the tools to do their job. Tracy strongly supports school choice and the return of the School Resource Officers to our schools. Tracy will lower our cost of living by stopping excessive taxes, fees and regulations.

Tracy is energetic and civic-minded. A better candidate would be hard to find.

Pamela Blake


Tracy Cramer for Oregon

We are super excited to write this letter in support of Tracy Cramer for State Representative House of Representative district 22.

We have known Tracy and her family for many years.

When Tracy first decided to throw her hat into this opportunity, she stopped by our house with her husband, Jake. It was refreshing to hear her ideas of important issues for our state; issues like opposing tax increases to help with affordability, backing our law enforcement to help with crime, and advocating for school choice.

Tracy is passionate about our schools; when the pandemic hit, she rolled up her sleeves and started a co-op so kids did not fall behind. A problem solver for sure. In opposition her opponent voted against school choice and implemented Kate Browns lowering of graduation requirements.

Tracy has worked for her family's business and is a small business owner, giving her a very good work ethic and an opportunity to learn many skills.

Tracy is a young mom who is dedicated to giving her children a state to be proud of and we are certain she will give the House of Representatives a refreshing new spark.

David and Kathy Olheiser


In support of Lonergan

Woodburn deserves a mayor who leads with a vision for the future, is professional, kind, compassionate, has the best interests of the city and its residents at heart, is ethical, moral, embodying honesty and integrity. The mayor should be someone with experience. It's a bit disingenuous for someone with no city council experience to believe they can step right into the mayor's position and be effective without first "learning the ropes."

Frank Lonergan is the candidate embodying these qualities. Lonergan, who has been a Woodburn resident for more than 60 years, selflessly serving Woodburn for 12 years as a city councilor. While a city councilor, he served many years as council president, stepped into the role of mayor "pro tempore" in the absence of the standing mayor, and kept the city's business moving forward.

Prior to council service, Lonergan was a city planning commission member and chairperson of the parks board.

As a city councilor, Lonergan helped make difficult, but sound, financial decisions that allowed the city to survive the economic downturn and the later impacts of COVID-19. A huge advocate for public safety, he always made sure public safety was the city's number-one priority.

A big supporter of Woodburn's diversity, Lonergan did his best to ensure that programs and opportunities were available to all of Woodburn's diverse residents.

As a successful businessperson, Lonergan brought that private sector perspective to city government. He understands private sector capital development as it relates to employment and livability, and the city's ability to provide services to the Woodburn community.

Lonergan worked diligently on many successful projects including the I-5 overpass, expansion of the urban growth boundary (developing) commercial/industrial space, including the Amazon Fulfillment Center, buttressing Woodburn's financial stability and economy for decades to come. He helped make land available for affordable housing needs.

Jim Ferraris

Powell Butte

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