My wife works in Clackamas County and got home from work one night last week with a flyer on her car from Rick Lamanna, who wants to be the next Sheriff of Clackamas County. I’ve heard of him somewhere I thought, and after reading his flyer I googled and found a Rogue of Week recently about him.
Under state law, Lamanna had to live in Clackamas at least one year before the general election to be eligible to run for sheriff. By almost all accounts, he was not living in Clackamas County by November 4th, 2007. A residency complaint was filed with Clackamas County. What did they decide? The $200 per year rent receipt was proof enough for the good ole county clerk as proof of residence. To boot, the receipt was written by a good friend, new “roommate,” campaign manager and campaign treasurer (I guess Rick only knew one person in Clackamas County).
Here are a few more facts about Lamanna’s lack of residency:
• He didn’t register to vote in Clackamas County until December 26th.
• He was apparently scheduled to appear before the Washington County Peace Officers Association in January to get their support for running for Washington County Sheriff but backed out at the last minute.
• Though he’d been back from Arizona (more below) for an unknown period of time, he didn’t bother to even get an Oregon driver’s license until January 23rd.
• He owns an $800,000 home in Washington County.
• To top it off, he apparently voted in a November 6th, 2007 special election in Washington County, which verifies that he either lived there or committed voter fraud, an offense that makes him ineligible to be a Sheriff in Oregon.
In summary, the Clackamas County Clerk was negligent in allowing Lamanna to be on the ballot.
What is more concerning than that? The author of the fraudulent receipt is now running in the race (see Rogue story, above) to force a May election and Lamanna just reported a $50,000 contribution from one person, presumably a fellow right winger, as Lamanna describes himself as such ideology makes a bit of difference in a race to be a law enforcement officer. Unfortunately, his credentials for the job are so thin, ideology is all he is driven by.
And it gets even worse. What’s Lamanna’s solution for fixing the criminal justice system? He wants to let the county’s investment go to waste by not finishing the current jail project and create a “Tent City” instead. That’s right, after being inspired by a backward Arizona Sheriff, he moved to Clackamas County almost in time to find a run for Sheriff and import their bad ideas. The whole idea of the tent city anywhere is awful, but maybe Lamanna missed the significant climate difference between Arizona and Oregon: rain!
I sure hope Clackamas County voters don’t get duped into supporting this guy.