By Lynn Peterson of Lake Oswego, Oregon. Lynn is a Clackamas County Commissioner and was elected County Chair by her fellow commissioners. Last year, county voters voted to expand the Commission to four Commissioners plus one elected County Chair. Learn more at LynnForChair.com
So, have you heard? I'm running. Yes, I'm running . . . again! And, NO - I'm not gearing up for CD5 (Congressional District 5). But thanks for thinking of me. I'm excited to be running for Chair of Clackamas County's NEW five member Commission.
-In less than one year, we appointed a task force to look at the structure of government, accepted the report and sent the proposal to the voters. Citizen's overwhelmingly agreed that a five person commission made sense for the citizens and for the County government structure. The proposal also included an elected chair -- the citizens would choose the Chair instead of the Chair being chosen by a few.
-At my request, Commission meetings, proposals, agendas are now online for easier accessibility to the citizens.
I acted immediately to the threats of Measure 37.
-Clackamas County had more Measure 37 claims than any other jurisdiction in Oregon. Together with my fellow commissioners, we sent a map to every household in the County educating citizens of the impacts of Measure 37.
-I spoke with voters and the legislature so that all parties could understand how Measure 37 really would impact the land, water, and Oregon's future livability.
It’s been a great year . . . and we need to finish that work we’ve begun.
I want the five member commission to be successful and make government even more accessible and transparent to the residents.
I want to ensure that we improve roads and transportation across the county in a way that creates an improved quality of life for all residents.
Clackamas will be doubling in population and we need to work with our citizens to protect open space and natural resources and farmland.
We need to grow our light rail and streetcar system into Clackamas County.
We are becoming more sustainable – reducing the county’s carbon footprint – but we have much more to do including working with developers on green development practices.
I want Clackamas County to be a place worth living and working. I’m proud of our accomplishments this past year, and I want to ensure that we follow through on what we started.
Please join me in supporting my campaign and our efforts. Visit our website, Lynn Peterson for County Chair. Lend a hand, create a buzz. Tell folks that Clackamas County is changing - - it’ll be worth the effort.