The editor's of the UnOregonian predictably endorsed Andy Duyck and Bob Terry along with Greg Malinowski.
I submitted this rebuttal to the idiot savants at the UnOregonian. Now will they publish it?
I take issue with the editorial board's endorsement of Chair Andy Duyck and Commissioner Bob Terry. As a resident of Washington County and active in community politics, I believe Allen Amabisca and Elizabeth Furse would bring more citizen responsive government to Washington County.
Incumbent Commissioner Malinowski (who I support) would work well with Amabisca, Furse and incumbent Commissioner Schouten to build a coalition that would be more citizen friendly and help create a new paradigm for the county on complex economic and social issues.
You claim Washington County isn't broken hence the incumbents deserve re-election. If Washington County government isn't broken then why did the Oregon Court of Appeals remand the urban/rural reserves issue only to be saved by the "grand bargain" in the legislature?
The majority of the board has a one-dimensional view of economic development tilted towards big box traded sector firms ignoring help for medium and small sized firms. Chair Duyck and Commissioner Terry with Commissioner Roy Rogers share this big business bias.
This is not a healthy long-term view for Washington County or the metro area. Studies have shown job growth is greatest among firms who have 50 to 100 employees. Putting all of your eggs in one basket is misguided and reflects a one sided view of economic growth.
In a public forum on March 19th, the differences between Duyck and Terry and Amabisca and Furse was clearest when Chair Duyck was asked what, if anything he would do differently, in light of the 4 year plus urban/rural reserves judicial and legislative decision-making process?
At first Chair Duyck said “nothing” but then added he’d eliminate the appeals process via LCDC, LUBA and the courts and go straight to the legislature. This stunning comment was strongly countered by Furse who defended the Appeals court’s role. Mr. Amabisca shares Furse's view.
Chair Duyck’s comment betrays a shocking indifference to our checks and balances system that mirrors his insider's bias in running the county. Duyck is apparently willing to derail Oregon’s land use planning system by fast tracking decisions to the legislature.
This underscores the essential difference between Duyck and Terry and Amabisca and Furse. The incumbents are in effect saying, “trust us.” Their challengers are saying, “trust the process” based on citizen involvement and due process of law.
The battle over urban/rural reserves came down to the Oregon Court of Appeals telling the current board you wasted 4 years by using “pseudo” facts to justify a plan that did not stand judicial review and required a legislative bail out.
Chair Duyck is apparently willing to play Russian roulette the next time. Terry has made it clear he agrees with Duyck. Washington County can't afford the dubious luxury of such stubbornness.
Finally, you note the Commissioner Terry "exaggerated" his resume while you credit him for helping craft a decision on the Natures Needs/Recology issue - what locals term "stop the stink." My memory is that Terry had a tin ear to the citizens of North Plains and "lectured" them on composting smells.
As one who worked with other stakeholders collaborating with Senators Bruce Starr and Alan Olsen to craft and pass a composting bill in the 2013 session, I have no memory of Mr. Terry taking any role in this process.
Elections come down to whom one trusts. I want leaders who listen to citizens rather than leaders who sign "non disclosure" agreements with global corporations while supporting tax breaks for them! Allen Amabisca and Elizabeth Furse will bring a breath of fresh air to county government.