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Readers from around the region share their thoughts on elections, stimulus package

Brandenburg is wise choice for sheriff

I will be voting for Angela Brandenburg for Clackamas County Sheriff. As a retired Deputy Chief for Clackamas Fire District No. 1

I have had the pleasure of knowing Angela Brandenburg both professionally and personally for 25 years. During this time, I have witnessed first-hand Angela's professionalism and integrity. Her morale and ethical standards are impressive.

During Angela's 29 years in law enforcement, she has shown exceptional leadership especially when she served as the Public Information Officer (PIO) representing the Sheriff's Office to the public and the media.

As a PIO myself during this time, I saw Angela develop strong working partnerships with PIOs from fire departments, schools, medical and law enforcement agencies leading to the creation of a regional PIO working group within the metro area which is still active today.

She managed the media response for many large-scale emergency incidents, which became national and international news stories. Angela is cool under pressure, possesses strong decision-making skills, and because of her professionalism and work ethic, garnered the highest respect from her peers, the media and the public.

Join me in voting Angela Brandenburg for Clackamas County sheriff.

James Karn

Retired Deputy Chief,

Clackamas Fire District No. 1

Damascus

Reelect Schrader to help heal bipartisan rift

The 5th Congressional District needs Rep. Kurt Schrader in Congress.

One of the biggest complaints I hear is how politically divided our country and state is, which it is.

However, I know Kurt Schrader has battled against that divide since being in the Oregon Legislature. He has worked with those from both sides of the aisle as evident from his appointment to the Oregon Ways and Means Committee and the number of bills he has co-sponsored with Republicans.

For example his support for those affected by ALS/Lou Gehrig's disease. Schrader's voting record also bears out that his middle of the road voting record reflects what is best for his constituents, the state and country.

I have also found him accessible as Schrader took my 7:15 a.m. call regarding tolling, and as we concluded I wished him a good rest of his day in Washington.

He responded he was planning to enjoy the good Oregon weather as he was home. He's also taken time out of his busy schedule to meet with me regarding ALS legislation he's trying to pass.

So join me in supporting and voting for Kurt Schrader who really cares about those here in our state.

Neal Reisner

Gladstone

Schoenfeld a welcome change for sheriff's office

As a Clackamas County resident and 20-year veteran of law enforcement, I'm ready to see a change at the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office — and the opportunity is now.

I know all the candidates in this race on professional level. Lynn Schoenfeld is the only candidate with the right experience, education, priorities and accomplishments to lead the agency forward.

Lynn wants to refocus the sheriff's office on services that matter to citizens and stop wasteful spending.

Knowing Lynn for 20 years, I know he will do the right thing for the sheriff's office and for our citizens. Please join me in voting for Lynn Schoenfeld.

Eric Lee

Milwaukie

Brandenburg has right stuff to be sheriff

As a former co-worker, I observed Angela Brandenburg working tirelessly to protect and serve all county residents. Her trustworthiness, dedication, and strong work ethic has improved public safety in our community.

Angela is an innovative leader who looks for creative ways to provide service despite financial challenges and makes sure that resources reflect the needs of our community.

Angela is a champion for public engagement and has built long-term relationships with community members and regional partners.

She treats all people with dignity and respect, regardless of the reason for their interaction with her, and she is dedicated to fair consequences for those who violate the law she works tirelessly to protect.

I am most impressed with Angela for the commitment and dedication given to women, children and people who have experienced violence.

While our community navigates uncharted waters with COVID-19, under her leadership, her team is partnering with community groups to ensure that the most vulnerable residents have access to food and supplies, to ensure they feel safe and secure.

As a mom, a co-worker and as a lifelong county resident, I wholeheartedly trust Angela to go above and beyond to faithfully, responsibly and professionally protect and serve our community.

Amy Kyle

Clackamas

Gamba will be champion of people

I've been temporarily laid off because of the pandemic. Like so many others in my community and school, every day I wake up with more confusion, uncertainty and fear about my future.

Fear for what this pandemic may still bring, fear for my community, and fear for what might happen as the climate crisis worsens.

More than ever, we are in need of elected officials who are ready to fight for us and our future.

Mark Gamba is a climate champion, who has proven his political prowess as a successful champion of the people of Milwaukie, and is prepared to fight for universal health care, a living wage, and a Green New Deal. He is the kind of candidate, and person, that would make me proud to call him my representative in Congress. I believe he will push others in office to work for the people, not against us.

In order to build a sustainable, climate friendly state and country, we need Mark Gamba as our District 5 representative in Congress!

Colin Herring

Jennings Lodge

Stimulus should go where it's needed

The first stimulus package of $2 trillion has been dispersed and now Congress is fighting over another one.

In my opinion, this first package of money would have been better spent by giving each and every one of our 330 million citizens $6,000 outright. Buying food, paying rent are the kinds of spending that would help stabilize the economy rather than making the population targets in the future for taxes and program cuts touting fiscal responsibility.

The corporate bailout habit of our Congress is nonsense. Some of these same companies received a $2 trillion bailout in 2008 with no payback or jail time. The four big banks are still up to their old tricks by squeezing out small businesses in favor of providing loans to their biggest customers regardless of need.

In actuality, it does not matter much to Main Street what happens to Wall Street since the wealthiest 10% of Americans own 84% of the stock market.

More congressional nonsense is bailout money for Carnival Cruise lines ($4 billion). They fly under foreign flags (Panama, Bahamas, Malta) to avoid U.S. taxes and labor laws. It pays to have political friends in Florida.

Canada is giving their eligible citizens $2,000 a month for four months, while U.S. congressmen like Lindsay Graham said there will be more unemployment payments made here over his dead body.

We are fortunate in Oregon as several of our politicians convey interest in their constituents' welfare and the future of the country.

Donna Endicott

Happy Valley

Gamba will blaze path forward for Congress

What's our country's path forward?

That question runs on an auto loop through my mind, and I'm sure I'm not alone.

We are now voting for those who will represent us in that path forward. Candidates touting years of experience in Congress don't impress me. This is a whole new ball game, requiring a new playbook. Nobody can claim they've prevailed in a simultaneous climate, health and economic emergency, as we are in today. The path is ahead, but not clear.

For me this election is more about moral character than platform. After all, if we can't be represented by someone who is compassionate, trustworthy, curious, accountable, inclusive, caring and sincere, then how do we know they make good decisions when we don't have eyes on them? We don't.

Mark Gamba, (MarkGamba.com) Democrat for the 5th Congressional District, is exactly the kind of person of strong character that I want representing me.

Don't get me wrong. My priority issue is climate. Gamba's climate leadership will result in measurable benefits to the health of our economy, planet and people and is what we need in in this very moment.

Please vote for the right leader, for the right time. Vote Mark Gamba.

Robin Richardson

Wilsonville

Let's reelect Jim Bernard for Clackamas County

Chairman Jim Bernard and his colleagues have advocated tirelessly for the residents of Clackamas County at Metro government, the state level and even the federal level.

Bernard has brought new funding to the county to help us build the desperately needed courthouse (before the old one falls off the cliff in Oregon City). He has advocated for highway funding and secured funds to improve county roads.

On Chairman Bernard's watch, Clackamas County is in good financial shape, even going into this unforeseen economic crisis brought on by the global pandemic. With a well-designed and implemented fiscal processes in place, our county has earned the high AAA bond rating. This is the highest possible rating and translates into low interest rates when our county needs to go out for needed bonds.

Chair Bernard provides much-needed leadership during the current pandemic and provided desperately-needed support to the most vulnerable in our community — particularly seniors, veterans and the homeless. Clackamas County was early to declare a County State of Emergency, saving countless lives.

We need him to continue advocating for us at every other level of government, so let's re-elect Chair Bernard to the Clackamas County Commission!

Cornelia Gibson

Wilsonville

As secretary of state, Hass can deliver on promises

The fact that Sen. Mark Hass has 20-plus years of experience is just one reason I support and have endorsed him for secretary of State.

I believe we must choose leaders who have been tested, have delivered and have shown responsible leadership because in this time, we definitely need stability and someone who has shown he knows how to work with others and that is what most voters want today, someone who works with others to get the job done!

Because of Hass, we have the Student Success Act, the Oregon Promise, Full-day Kindergarten and campaign finance reform. All of these landmark laws required patience, persuasion, common sense and an ability to partner with untraditional allies.

Join me in voting for Mark Hass for secretary of state — this year's highest profile statewide race.

Rosie Stephens

Lake Oswego

Bernard has been there for citizens, deserves reelection

With ballots in hand, we should consider the leadership that County Chair Jim Bernard has brought to issues which have lingered, which are day-to-day, and which have upended our everyday lives from out-of-the-blue.

First, the decade-long legal battle over urban and rural reserves was resolved favorably. It balances the inevitable growth in our residential areas while relieving the prospect of development pressures from our farmlands that are woven into the fabric of our county.

Second, on public safety and law-enforcement, Chair Bernard has assured that the Sheriff's Department has the resources they need to keep our county safe and through his persistent, effective advocacy, our county will receive critical state funding needed to build a new County Courthouse in Oregon City, a crucial public investment in a building that serves so very many citizens that is long past its useful life.

Third, and of special urgency in this moment, he is providing steady local leadership during the COVID-19 crisis. With the early Emergency Declaration by Clackamas County, lives were saved. He continues to coordinate with the other metro leaders to address the needs of all of us who live and work in this community.

Join me in casting your ballot for Jim Bernard Clackamas County Chair.

Shawn Goodpaster

Wilsonville

Schoenfeld will do what it takes to get job done as sheriff

I am writing you in support of candidate Lynn Schoenfeld for Clackamas County Sheriff. I have lived in Clackamas County for over 40 years, own a private practice and am proudly raising my family in our community.

I have also worked for CCSO for almost 12 years, alongside our dedicated law enforcement professionals and Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers. I have seen many changes, though the direction of leadership has drastically changed leaving our law enforcement at-risk while on the job by reducing deputies on the road, and deafening morale. Our community then becomes at-risk because there are not enough law enforcement to respond to meet their safety concerns throughout our county.

Additionally, our SAR volunteer teams are systematically being disbanded by the current sheriff to meet an unfounded and loosely researched attempt at restructuring, leaving a community that has over 100 calls a year for search and rescues, minimally staffed and costing tax payers significantly to meet their needs.

Lastly, the current administration has spent an instrumental amount of our tax payer dollars on unnecessary agendas and support staff, when this money should be used for what it was intended.

Lynn is dedicated to our law enforcement and community, making it safer, collaboratively working together, strengthening our systems to better support our changing needs.

Lynn is a boots-on-the-ground person, who isn't afraid of working hard, is forthright and honest and accountable.

Lynn's career has proven his tenacity for this critical position. He's a business owner in our county and knows how our tax dollars were intended to be spent. There is no hidden agenda with Lynn. He's ran a clean and untarnished campaign, all while being fully transparent.

This is the change we deserve as a community and as a county.

Julie Collinson

Canby

Brandenburg has proven track record, will excel as sheriff

Please vote for Angela Brandenburg for Clackamas County Sheriff. She is an experienced law enforcement professional of 29 years with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. She has held offenders accountable, supported victims and prevented crime.

Angela has a proven track record of community inclusion in law enforcement — building relationships with citizens, businesses and nonprofits serving Clackamas County.

This experience and that of her current role as second-in-command to the current Sheriff, have uniquely prepared her to lead the CCSO and serve our community.

Caroline Borduin

Lake Oswego

Gamba will be the climate advocate needed in Congress

My name is Colin Herring. I'm an Environmental Studies major at PSU, a resident of Milwaukie, Oregon, and I've been temporarily laid off because of the pandemic.

Like so many others in my community and school, every day I wake up with more confusion, uncertainty, and fear about my future. Fear for what this pandemic may still bring, fear for my community, and fear for what might happen as the climate crisis worsens.

More than ever, we are in need of elected officials who are ready to fight for us and our future.

Mark Gamba is a climate champion, who has proven his political prowess as a successful champion of the people of Milwaukie, and is prepared to fight for universal health care, a living wage, and a Green New Deal.

He is the kind of candidate, and person, that would make me proud to call him my representative in Congress.

I believe he will push others in office to work for the people, not against us. In order to build a sustainable, climate friendly state and country, we need Mark Gamba as our District 5 representative in Congress!

Colin Herring

Milwaukie


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