This is an outcome we can all get behind.
I upset a few of my environmental friends during the fall when after endorsing Bob Stacey really early on in his race for Metro President, decided to vote for Tom Hughes. I had my reasons. But let’s face it the Primary Election was an embarrassment of the riches: Rex Burkholder was in the mix with the other two. There was no bad choice.
I’ve also been on the giving and receiving end of campaign rhetoric, of which there was plenty in the Metro Pres. race. Despite having known Stacey since the end of his days as Congressman Blumenauer’s Chief of Staff, I didn’t like the tenor of his campaign. Perhaps that was the pot calling the kettle black. But what I never lost sight of was that Bob is wickedly smart and shares my values.
I can think of no better solution for our region at this time than to have Bob Stacey, who as a result of his recent campaign, is more ready to walk in to Metro on Day 1 and represent my metro district ably. Further, it’s not often when an elected office can be filled mid-term with someone cut from the same political cloth so closely as Bob is to outgoing Councilor Robert Liberty.
I think it would also speak volumes about Tom Hughes if he’s willing to reach out to such a recent former opponent and appoint him to the Metro Council. If it’s the Hughes I thought I came to understand during the campaign, get ready for Councilor Stacey.