Opinion: Clackamas County candidate promotes lies during debate
In campaigns, candidates often disagree -- that is the nature of politics. But telling an outright falsehood is another thing altogether. And that is what Ben West is doing in forums and in the Voters' Pamphlet. Clackamas County voters should not let him get away with it.
As an organizer of a recent forum at Willamette View, I was disturbed by the claim that Ben West made against Commissioner Sonya Fischer: that she voted in support of tolling. I know that is untrue. More importantly, the public record shows that West is lying.
Sonya Fischer never voted to support tolling. She did support Chair Smith's legislative testimony supporting the expansion of Interstate 205 and the Abernethy Bridge. At the same time, Sonya made it very clear that she and the rest of the Clackamas County commissioners were strongly opposed to tolling because it would have a disproportionate and disparate effect on the residents of Clackamas County.
Ben also falsely claims that Commissioner Fischer supported defunding police efforts. Under her leadership, Clackamas County passed a public-safety levy increasing patrols in Clackamas County. Also under her leadership, the sheriff's staffing request was incorporated in the last budget adoption, which resulted in hiring more jail deputies. Our community has never had more public-safety support, in large part due to Commissioner Fischer. With Commissioner Fischer's advocacy for behavioral health and mobile crisis teams, the county has the resources to ensure safety for everyone in our community.
I am appalled that a candidate would try to stoke fear and promote falsehoods to try to gain an advantage. Please do not be fooled by the West campaign's falsehoods. Look at the record and join me in voting for Commissioner Sonya Fischer by Nov. 8. We can trust Sonya to keep our county moving forward.
Jeanne Magmer is a resident of Oak Grove.
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