April 14, 2021

Working for All of Clackamas County’s Residents

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I’ve been serving on the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners for about three months now. So far, it’s been a very interesting and educational experience, as there is a lot that goes into managing the daily operations of one of Oregon’s most populated counties. Because the commissioners are elected officials, we conduct our business in meetings that are open to…

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March 31, 2021

The Ways in Which I Will Serve

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A lot is involved with being a Clackamas County commissioner. Aside from being part of the board that manages the daily operations of one of Oregon’s largest counties, the commissioners also work with several different outside entities on a wide variety of public policy areas. On February 21, I was assigned to several positions on various committees, councils and commissions…

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March 10, 2021

Searching for Housing Solutions

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Residents of Clackamas County, the Portland metropolitan area and all throughout Oregon have felt the crunch in recent years of skyrocketing housing costs. Rising rents add to the cost of living for families and individuals, and also make it more difficult to save enough money to buy a house. Homeownership has long been a cornerstone of the American Dream and…

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February 10, 2021

Planning Ahead for the Future

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Clackamas County is in an interesting position right now. Even though it has the smallest population of the three counties in the Portland metropolitan area, it’s still Oregon’s third most populous county. As of 2019, around 418,187 people called Clackamas County home. Washington County was at 601,592 and Multnomah had 812,855 residents. Many of issues that our residents are most…

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October 27, 2020

In Defense of the American Way

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Like many of you, I’ve closely watched the events of the past few months, both locally and nationally. Oregon’s largest city, Portland, has become the poster child for the differing visions of what our great nation should be. Knowing that the riots and lawlessness are happening not too far from Clackamas County has been a huge source of discomfort for…

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October 14, 2020

What We Don’t Want to Become

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I can remember when Portland was considered a clean, safe, affordable city. Decades ago, it had the distinction of being one of the nicest big cities in the entire United States. Because of its natural scenic beauty, “livability” became one of Portland’s big draws. All along, the city was already known for being somewhat quirky. “Keep Portland Weird” became the…

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August 26, 2020

For the Sake of Safety

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The concept of safety has been on my mind a lot lately, possibly because it seems in such short supply in nearby Portland. Throughout my military career, one of my primary responsibilities was ensuring the safety of the men under my charge. That was particularly challenging at times, especially when we were in the middle of an active combat zone…

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August 19, 2020

Clackamas County is on the Wrong Track

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After retiring from the military, I set about starting the next phase of my life as a civilian, and I settled into the home that I built north of Sandy. I was happy to enjoy the slower pace of life in my peaceful rural setting. After a while, I started looking around and noticing that things were not as good…

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August 13, 2020

Preserving Our Rural Character

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I decided thirty one years ago that I was going to build my dream home just outside of Sandy. There were many reasons I chose to make rural Clackamas County my permanent residence. I was drawn by the area’s majestic scenery and natural beauty. The outdoor recreational opportunities are literally endless out here. Sandy’s small-town feel means that neighbors are…

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August 5, 2020

What Businesses Need to Succeed

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While running for Clackamas County Commissioner, I’ve spent a lot of time talking to business owners throughout the area. Even though they represent a variety of different industries, these entrepreneurs still have much in common with each other. They share several of the same concerns, especially since the onset of the global Covid-19 pandemic and forced government closures that have…

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