Last weekend at the 13th Annual Dinner for the Environment we took the time to recognize thirteen elected officials as the OLCV Environmental Champions of 2010. We recognized them in this special video presentation that tied their accomplishments of the past year with Oregon’s landmark environmental victories – strong laws that built Oregon’s reputation as a State on the cutting edge of environmental protection.
The reality is we focus so much of our energy on winning elections, we often forget to focus on the accomplishments of those we work to elect. Isn’t that why we work so hard to elect champions for the environment, the middle class or equal rights in the first place? We make calls, give money, knock doors and anything else we can to help the candidates we support win. We then expect that they will get to work in the Legislature or on county commissions and city councils to make Oregon a better place to live. If you don’t think elections matter just look at what our 2010 Champions accomplished in the last year alone.
With two weeks to go in the primary election OLCV is working hard to elect a new generation of progressive champions, and we urge you to volunteer for or donate to one of our endorsed candidates. Primaries and local races are often overlooked, but there is a lot at stake in this election.
For example, yesterday I sent an e-mail out to the OLCV supporter list urging folks to get involved with the Dick Schouten for Washington County Commissioner campaign. As I said in the e-mail, this race, more than any other, gives voters a choice between a true environmental champion, Dick Schouten, and Andy Duyck, who continually stands against environmental safeguards.
Schouten, who has scored 100 percent on all OLCV Scorecards as a Washington County Commissioner, can be counted on to protect Washington County's farms and forests from sprawl. He will also develop a broader range of transportation choices that reduce congestion for those who live in and visit the area.
On the other hand, take a look at the abysmal record of his opponent, Andy Duyck...
In 2006, Andy was the only regional elected official to oppose the Metro Open Spaces bond that helped protect special places in Washington County like Cooper Mountain.
Andy also supports an unbalanced management plan for the Tillamook Forest that puts timber interests above all others.
Andy has voted against offering public transportation options to county employees (MO 05-307, August 16, 2005, passed 3-1).
This is one of the most important elections in Oregon not just in the primary, but in the entire 2010 election cycle!
If this race doesn’t get you motivated, there are plenty of other great candidates to choose from. You can help Bob Stacey, Will Rasmussen, Karol Collymore, Duke Shepard, Greg Mecklam, Pat Riggs-Henson, Jerry Rust or another one of our endorsed candidates. Whatever you do, don’t sit the next two weeks out because like all elections, this primary election matters.