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

Fields holds extreme views

Voters should know the views of those asking for our vote, and be given the source for any assertion that the candidate holds those views. Mr. Fields, the Republican candidate for State Representative for Wilsonville, Sherwood and King City enthusiastically supported Donald Trump as evidenced in his comments on his Linked-in page: "I support Trump too!!!" (Source: his LinkedIn page, fall 2020.)

Mr. Fields' responses to the 2022 Oregon Family Council Voter's Guide are enlightening. He reportedly supports banning abortions in almost all cases. He supports reallocating taxpayer dollars away from public schools to private schools. He also believes in religious exemptions, possibly empowering employers to discriminate against LGBTQ employees. (Source: oregonfamilycouncil.org/s/OFC-VG-2022-PRIMARY-TRI-CO-WEB.PDF)

Mr. Fields considers mandating COVID-19 masks to protect seniors and other at-risk Oregonians, and the possibility of vaccination passports as "appalling." He objects to crimes committed with a gun to be called "gun violence." He claims that Oregon public schools teach Critical Race Theory thereby intensifying common misconceptions. (Source: his Website and fairfightinitiative.org/critical-race-theory/)

Mr. Fields has every right to his views. Voters though have a right to know those views and to ascertain if they are compatible with their own values.

Cornelia Gibson

Wilsonville

Reelect Rep. Neron

As Past President of Oregon School Boards Association, I know that Rep. Courtney Neron is deeply committed to public education. She's the real deal: she's an educator, Vice Chair of the House Education Committee, and helped pass the Student Success Act, making crucial investments in cradle to career education and workforce development.

I lived in Wilsonville many years and know of Rep. Neron's deep roots in the District and passion for her constituents. She listens, and has delivered on projects like the Sherwood Pedestrian Bridge, the Wilsonville I-5 Bridge upgrade study, transit-oriented workforce housing, Just Compassion Homeless Shelter, Wilsonville Community Sharing and broadband infrastructure throughout the district.

She's fighting for Oregon families, community safety, affordable health care, reproductive rights, the environment, workers and small businesses, and is responding to homelessness and housing affordability,

She's a proven leader; please reelect Rep. Courtney Neron.

Betty Reynolds

West Linn

West would promote compromise

Political compromise is sexy. We need people to do for government, what Justin Timberlake did for music. This is why I hope you will join me in helping Ben West become a Clackamas County Commissioner.

I'm an active Democrat and disagree with a number of Ben's policy stances. But, in working with Ben on issues of housing and diversity, equity, and inclusion, I have come to love this person's deep passion for the work, care for our community, and willingness to compromise to support actions that address our most pressing needs.

As the lone conservative on Wilsonville's City Council, Ben could easily be the contrarian, consistently voting against any and all proposals. Although he poses questions and voices frustration, I have seen him vote YES for multifamily housing in Villebois, YES for the equitable housing strategic plan, and YES for creating a city-supported Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Ben does not let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

I will still vote Democrat for much of my ballot, but if you are looking to cross the line and support compromise in this time of ever-growing polarization, vote Ben West!

Thank you,

Garet Prior

Wilsonville


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