|Volume 16, Issue 3||
Be prepared to vote in May
An extremely important primary election is coming up on May 15, 2018. For those of us in unincorporated Washington County (all of Cedar Mill, Bethany, Bonny Slope and Cedar Hills) our only local government is the Washington County Board of Commissioners (BCC). The five members of the BCC make decisions that affect everything from where and how new development will occur, how Clean Water Services provides its sewer and stormwater services (they are also the Board for CWS), where roads will go and how they’ll be paid for, how to fund Human Services, and much more.
Andy Duyck has served as a Commissioner since 1994, and has been re-elected countywide as Chair since 2011. He is not running this year, leaving the position up to the voters to take the county in a new direction or continue in his footsteps. Four candidates are currently running (Lou Ogden has withdrawn): Kathryn A Harrington, Shabba Woodley, Bob Terry, and Ryan Deckert.
The Chair is elected by all the voters of Washington County. In addition, the county is divided into four Commission Districts. We live in District 2, and our incumbent Commissioner, Greg Malinowski, is running for his third term, against challenger Pam Treece, who has served as Executive Director of the business group Westside Economic Alliance.
In addition, the regional government in the Portland area, Metro, is electing a Chair and also a new Councilor for District 4, our Metro District. Lynn Peterson is the only candidate who has filed for Chair. Dana Carstensen and Juan Gonzalez are running for District 4 Councilor.
If any candidate in the primary receives more than 50% of the votes, they will be elected. Otherwise, the top two candidates will proceed to the November election. Vote by Mail ballots and Voter Pamphlets will be delivered around May 1.
You’ll no doubt be receiving mailers, visits from candidates canvassing, and likely plenty of online and other media messages eager to influence your vote (hopefully none from Russia!). But really, the best way to become educated about these candidates is to encounter them in a public forum where they can debate issues and priorities with their fellow candidates.
Here’s a list of some nearby fora (yes, I took Latin). Please try to find the time to attend one or more of these. The future of our county really does depend on you!
Monday, March 12, 7-9 pm, Bethany Presbyterian Church, 15505 NW Springville Rd.,
CPO 7 sponsors County Board of Commissioners District 4 —Meet your candidates - Greg Malinowski and Pam Treece. Find out how they stand on the issues that matter most to you. Voters will decide in May.
Tuesday, March 13, 7-9, Leedy Grange Hall, 835 NW Saltzman Rd.,
CPO 1 sponsors Washington County Board of Commissioners District 2 & Metro Council District 4; District 4 Candidates: Greg Malinowski, Pam Treece; Metro Candidates: Dana Carstensen and Juan Carlos Gonzalez
Monday, March 19, 7-9 pm. Leedy Grange Hall, 835 NW SaltzmanCandidates Forum Co-Sponsored by Washington County Resistance & Indivisible Cedar Mill
Washington County Commission Chair: Ryan Deckert, Kathryn Harrington, Shabba Woodley; District 2: Greg Malinowski (Incumbent), Pam Treece; Metro District 4: Dana Carstensen, Juan Carlos Gonzalez
Additional candidates for Metro President and County and Metro Auditor have expressed a desire to attend, but have not yet been confirmed. The candidates will have a chance to introduce themselves to our members and make their case for how they can best serve us as constituents. This will be followed by a moderated, respectful question and answer period.
Wednesday, April 12, 6:30-8:30 pm, Sunset High School Cafeteria, 13840 NW Cornell
Forum for County Chair hosted by the Committee for Community Involvement and the CPO Program
Candidates Kathryn A Harrington, Shabba Woodley, Bob Terry, and Ryan Deckert.
Friday, April 20, 7:30 -9 am, Tigard Public Library
Sponsored by Washington County Thrives: Public forum to introduce the nine candidates for the County Board of Commissioners three open seats. Come hear their perspectives on Thrives' priorities including: 1) Affordable Housing, 2) Workforce Training, and 3) Early Learning.
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