Forest Grove is wrestling with the complexities of residential, commercial and industrial growth – but that doesn’t mean that we have to sacrifice the local character our historic college town. Metro candidate, Kathryn Harrington, has made it a top priority to allow for local flexibility in Metro’s regional planning, so that Forest Grove can achieve its own ideal future, not Portland’s. She knows, as we do, that Forest Grove is unique and that our local values must be honored as regional plans take shape.
With a 10-year career as a manager at Intel, and over 22 years in high-tech, Kathryn Harrington comes ready to tackle the complex negotiations and discussions that will be required to speak for us at Metro. As someone who seriously thought about running for the open Metro seat, please join me in voting for Kathryn Harrington for Metro District 4 in the May 16th election. Kathryn Harrington will represent our area's concerns as Metro deals with the projected growth of over 900,000 new residents in Washington County between now and 2020. We need hands on, thoughtful and experienced leadership at this critical time; Kathryn Harrington will provide that leadership.
Other RAD endorsements:
County Chair - Tom Brian: Tom has been an excellent and visionary county chair. As a former legislator he also knows how to build bridges to Salem to help our county. Finally, he knows how to put together an excellent administrative team in the county as well as to listen to and collaborate with all the stakeholders in a complex county facing issues of growth.
County Commissioner, District 4 - Andy Duyck: He has a proven track record, represents our more rural area of the county and has grown with the job. While RAD doesn't always agree with Commissioner Duyck, he's a straight talker and open to practical solutions to complex challenges like affordable housing.
State Respresentative, District 29 - Chuck Riley: Chuck is a good listener and is establishing a good base for Democrats in a very tight district evenly split between blue and red voters. He is a solid vote for health care and education. If given more time to serve in Salem he can become part of the solution, not the problem.
Governor Democratic Primary - Pete Sorenson: Sorenson has no chance of beating Governor Kulongoski but he's right on all the issues of schools, health care and tax reform. Send a protest message by voting for Sorenson or Hill in the primary. This is the only way of getting Ted Kulongoski's attention. Then watch the fun in the fall!
Supreme Court, Position 6 - Gene Hallman: RAD is tired of the 'good old boy' system on the Supremes. A lawyer friend and former Whitty alum has written on behalf of Hallman as being practical, down to earth and somebody who practices the law, not merely theorizes about it. Bring some common sense to the Supreme Court.
City Council, Portland, Position 2 - Erik Sten: Erik is a fearlous critic of PGE, a visionary on campaign finance reform and a supporter of Portland schools. He is also a strong advocate for affordable housing - a legacy he inherited from Commissioner Gretchen Kafoury. Keep a strong voice for the little guy on the council.
Other RAD endorsements: David Wu, Congress lst District; Susan Castillo, Superintendent of Public Instruction; Dan Gardner, Commissioner of Bureau of Labor & Industries;
The rest is up to you and your conscience!PS: RAD's fearless prediction: Kevin Mannix will win the GOP nomination again for Governor setting up a great 3 way race between Mannix, Kulongoski and Westlund for the fall. Ron Saxton has all the big money types supporting him and lots of media. But grassroots organization will pull Mannix through in a primary dominated by culturally conservative Republican voters from the "other Oregon". The Saxton neo-con do over is simply not credible for a Portland insider/lawyer. One fly in the oinment for Mannix is who votes for Jason Atkinson. If Atksinson gets traction with ultra-conservative GOP downstate voters - Saxton has a chance to win the nomination by taking the metro suburbs of Washington and Clackamas County while Mannix and Atkinson divide the rural GOP vote. RAD is betting that ideology trumps money! Mannix wins by a whisker!