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Vote Sonya Fisher for commission; I endorse King for state senate; District attorney Barton needs to go

Vote Sonya Fisher for commission

When it comes to casting my vote for someone who I know will stand up for funding our police, sheriff's office, and other services that keep Clackamas County safe, I take my cues from Clackamas County Firefighters and District Attorney John Wentworth. They have both endorsed Sonya Fischer for reelection to the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners. While some politicians have said they want to defund the police, Commissioner Fischer has been a loud and consistent voice for an accountable public safety system that really makes a dent in preventing crime. She knows that will only work if we continue to support and fund our public safety systems and support the public servants who keep us safe. Not only that, Commissioner Fischer has been an effective leader when it comes to building more affordable housing in Clackamas to help solve homelessness, bringing more mental health resources to the community to help people in crisis and funding projects like the Family Justice Center that helps families who are experiencing domestic violence. I hope you'll join me in supporting Sonya Fischer for Clackamas County Board of Commissioners this May.

Jillian Horman

Wilsonville

I endorse King for state Senate

I am happy to write this letter in support of Chelsea King for state Senate. I am a longtime Wilsonville resident and I've known Chelsea since our children were in kindergarten. We met when we were both advocating for Spanish immersion opportunities for our children, many years ago now. Since then I've seen Chelsea be a strong advocate for equity and opportunity for all young people. As chair of the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board, I trust that she has the best interest of all the students in the district always on her mind, and she knows how to take action to get things accomplished. Chelsea is an asset to our community and would represent this district well. I hope you'll join me in supporting her for state Senate.

Deborah Arthur

Wilsonville

District attorney Barton needs to go

It's reasonable to expect the district attorney to play by the rules and to be firm, fair and impartial in matters of justice. However, Kevin Barton has a different view. To him, the DA exists to punish people he doesn't like and to let the people he likes off the hook.

Barton's first test came in 2018, and he failed miserably. A certain Deputy Alden committed two counts of second-degree assault. In plain language, an inmate was beaten to the point of brain damage because it was said the inmate got mouthy with said deputy.

The Oregon State Police investigated the incident and found the deputy in the wrong. But when the findings were presented to Barton, no charges were filed! That is until the video was viewed on the news. [Editor's note: Alden is awaiting trial on the aforementioned assault charges, as well as charges of first-degree official misconduct and unlawful use of a weapon. The misconduct charge was filed prior to the jail video being leaked to the public.]

Barton is extremely proud of his conviction rate. Because, to him, it's like a scorecard. But who does he convict? The regular joe can expect hell if he crosses the law in Washington County. But the people Barton protects need not worry at all.

Clayton Callahan

Wilsonville


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