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Abortion and reproductive rights on the ballot in Clackamas County; Clackamas deserves stronger leadership on housing affordability

Abortion and reproductive rights on the ballot in Clackamas County

After the devastating Supreme Court decision rolling back the right to abortion, voters deserve clear and unambiguous answers from candidates for every office on what they will do to protect reproductive freedom.

Clackamas County will be a critical test for how we respond to these growing threats. Libra Forde has stated clearly she will champion reproductive rights and equitable access to care. Pro-Choice Oregon PAC is proud to support her for county commissioner.

Forde's opponent, Paul Savas, has long supported outlawing abortion and represents the swing vote for the anti-choice majority that currently controls that commission. And Savas has been actively supported in his campaigns by groups working to criminalize abortion and roll back our rights.

Post-Roe, counties play a critical role in the fight for reproductive freedom. Rights are meaningful only to the degree they can be exercised. We face efforts to close abortion providers and restrict access to reproductive health services. Hospital mergers can eliminate access when care is curtailed based on religious beliefs.

Beyond policies and funding, a newly empowered anti-abortion majority on the Clackamas Commission will have a chilling effect on reproductive freedoms across the region. Voters should replace Savas with Libra Forde, a champion for reproductive freedom.

Erica Fuller

Co-chair, Pro-Choice Oregon PAC

Clackamas deserves stronger leadership on housing affordability

As inflation hits hard, the rising cost of housing is having a big impact on Clackamas families. Unfortunately, our county has failed to create more housing that is affordable or even takes full advantage of the resources available.

That is why I was shocked to read Paul Savas' voter pamphlet statement claiming he is working to build affordable housing options for all. His record tells a very different story.

Savas repeatedly voted against funding housing and homeless services — every budget in the last four years except the one he skipped voting on. He voted to delay the use of regional supportive housing funding, putting us behind the other counties in the region and leaving 93% of the dollars unspent when there is a critical need in our community.

The challenge has only gotten worse on Savas' watch. In 2017, there were 1,177 Clackamas households waiting for housing assistance and today it is 1,401.

I am excited to vote for Libra Forde to replace Savas. Libra is a proven leader who managed one of the largest nonprofits in the region — working to connect families to housing and services. I trust Libra to take real action on this growing crisis

Clarity Sanderson

West Linn

Neron is leading fight against homelessness

If a neighbor in Wilsonville is in need of a place to sleep for the night, our answer today would be to sleep in your car or find another community. This cannot be our answer. This is a moral wrong that has cascading impacts on our economy, social fabric and long-term resilience.

Representative Courtney Neron is doing the hard work to right this wrong.

I have had the great pleasure to work alongside Courtney to see her fight hard in Salem to bring the voices and needs of our community to the forefront. I applaud her for introducing SB-1557 and HB-4043. These bills would be a catalyst for the development of more accessible housing and provide funding to better balance landlords' ledgers that choose to offer houses for low-income residents independent of public support. She was a leader in securing funding to make the future development of new housing at the Wilsonville transit center to be accessible for all incomes.

No one profits from homelessness. It is in all Oregonians' interest to see its end. You can do your part by joining me in righting this wrong by returning Courtney to Salem.

Garet Prior


Forde will support gun violence prevention

Sadly, gun violence is a reality in communities across Clackamas County. Families are broken, lives disrupted. But it is preventable.

I have spent my career supporting people's health as a family nurse practitioner. I recently led work on health care and gun violence prevention in the Oregon Legislature. That is why I am enthusiastically supporting Libra Forde for Clackamas County Commissioner.

Like me, Libra understands there are simple, common-sense steps to prevent gun violence. Programs to reduce violent behavior before it escalates. Strategies to address gaps in mental health care and addiction treatment. And, of course, laws and policies to keep guns out of the hands of people who are a danger to others and themselves.

In her capacity as North Clackamas Schools Board Chair, Libra has seen the emotional toll our children must undergo participating in lockdown drills in case of a school shooting. And she understands firsthand the realities of domestic violence and what we must do to protect and support survivors.

Libra's opponent, Paul Savas, has chosen to ally himself with gun extremists — letting them help finance his campaigns.

The contrast on this issue couldn't be clearer and I urge you to join me in voting for Libra Forde.

Rep. Rachel Prusak

West Linn

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