I grew up and raised a family in Clackamas County. I teach in Clackamas County. This morning I am fighting for Clackamas County. Today's news story about the election of Clackamas County's Board of Commissioners made me realize how much is at stake this year. The billboards and radio ads (which by the way are obnoxious) spread fear about "Portland Creep". The anti-light rail and anti-planned development group is busy raising funds for their candidates who would take away any economic development opportunities possible for the County.
Frankly, these are the same folks who came before the Milwaukie City Council to say the world would come to an end if we supported a new Sellwood Bridge, light rail into Milwaukie, and urban renewal. These are the folks that scream during public meetings before the County Commission. Instead of fighting for something, they spend their time fighting against everything.
That's why it is so important to support candidates who understand economic development, the need to plan for a future with transportation options, supporting public education, and livability in our region. This weekend I urge my fellow county residents and others who care about Clackamas County in supporting Dave Hunt as the Chair of the Commission. My union, the North Clackamas Education Association, endorses his candidacy because he gets it.
"This Ain't No Tea Party" comedy night fundraiser features Carl Wolfson from KPOJ Radio, former Oregon City Mayor Alice Norris, State Representative Greg Matthews, and Jamie Karn from the Clackamas County Fire Department. The lineup itself is worth the admission. The event happens this Saturday, May 5t, at the new Foundry Event Center in Lake Oswego. More information and tickets can be had by contacting Dave's campaign.
If you want to make sure the local tea party activists don't win this election make sure you support Dave.