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Readers weigh in on race for county commissioner as well as House District 26.

Being a roadblock doesn't get us where we need to go

I'm intrigued by Clackamas Commissioner Paul Savas' choice to make transportation a centerpiece of his reelection campaign. It makes sense as that's been his focus in his time in office. But you have to ask, what has he done with that time?

Paul plays up his opposition to the 2020 regional transportation package and now tolling I-205. But if this is his top priority, why are his only accomplishments trashing the ideas that end up moving forward? Leadership for Clackamas would have been getting the right ideas adopted, not throwing a temper tantrum that things haven't gone his way.

Take tolling. Why after years of his work on transportation were we faced with the impossible choice of either giving up needed improvements to the Abernathy Bridge or accepting tolling? Why wasn't he able to push for a better alternative? Why would another term be any different?

I'm proud to support his opponent, Libra Forde. As a nonprofit and school board leader, Libra has got things done. I trust her to fight for Clackamas and transportation solutions that work for us. With her, I know Clackamas is not going to be yet again on the outside, looking in, as policies get set.

Jessica Son


We need Neron in Salem

Representative Courtney Neron is a thoughtful, innovative, creative and smart legislator. She actively approaches tough issues and gathers information to seek a fair and balanced path forward. She takes the time to understand all sides, gather the facts and work together with all parties to get things done.

We are truly fortunate to have her as our representative. She works hard, digs into the issues facing our district to find the right answer — not just an easy answer. She gives of herself to make things better for all of us in her district and we owe her a debt of gratitude.

We need to reelect Courtney Neron to House District 26. She is the kind of person we need in Salem — someone who seeks solutions and gets things done.

Darby Collins


Rep. Courtney Neron gets my vote in District 26

Rep. Courtney Neron is dedicated to families, education and healthcare access and funding. Her positions are clear and consistent. She knows how to show up to craft legislation and to vote for bills that are brought to the state House floor. As an educator, she knows how to investigate concerns and gather information from constituents and organizations. As a representative in Salem, she epitomizes a rare combination of compassion, curiosity and strength of character. Courtney is "all in" for identifying the best policies, processes and practices to enhance the prosperity of each of us. We must be in this together and reelect Rep. Courtney Neron.

Maripat Hensel


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