Candidates for Clackamas County Commissioner Position No. 3
This is the first part of a three-part series looking at the 15 candidates for the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners. Today's installment details the candidates for position No. 3. Candidate profiles for Position No. 4 will run in the May 1 Ti
Biography: Patrick Reed and his wife Elizabeth, live in Sherwood, have four daughters between them and one grandson.
Read, 47, is a grocery clerk and has been a union member for 30 years. He has been on the management team and a shop steward at several different stores, currently he is a steward at Wilsonville Albertson's. He graduated from Narbonne High School, Harbor City, Calif. He has been involved in Christian youth ministry since high school, currently working with junior high students at Rolling Hills Community Church in Stafford.
Why are you running for commissioner?
The current commission has failed to protect the environment. Last year five tons of debris was removed from the Clackamas River. Traffic continues to get worse with no master plan for growth in place.
The county's communities often have radically different needs. How do you ensure residents from each of the different communities - from Estacada to Lake Oswego to Wilsonville - get fair and equal representation?
Living in rural Clackamas County, I understand the need and passion to protect this lifestyle. Having grown up in a small town and working now in Wilsonville, I understand the need for local government and the county to work together. Talking with citizens weekly is essential. People make the difference. Politicians are only as good as the people they communicate with. I will be a commissioner who keeps connected with everyday people.
The loss of federal timber payments has left a $12 million hole in the county's budget. How do you expand the tax base and create more family-wage jobs?
We need to implement license and user fees.
Enact tolls to repair, replace and build new bridges, opening alternative travel routes, relieving traffic congestion.
Invite companies to manufacture windmills to be built on farmland south of the Willamette to generate clean energy while protecting farmland. Manufacture nickel batteries for hybrid cars, both currently made overseas. Total family wage jobs created is unknown. Additional tax revenue collected is a good start. Total carbon footprint reduced is priceless.
What options does the county have if the library levy fails in November?
First off, the county has a responsibility to keep the libraries open, whether we have fees for movies and CDs (or) promoting admission events for speakers, poets and artists.
We need to network the system sharing materials and resources. Like a business we will have strong and weak locations; unlike a business we will not close locations but create quality libraries for people regardless of their location or economic situation.
What would you say is the biggest issue facing the county today?
Better management of taxpayer money, despite previous levies, the current commissioners have failed to maintain libraries and are looking to close the Oak Grove Library. Currently, pot hole repairs are the only maintenance being done on roadways. Shifting funds recklessly has done more damage than the lost timber payments.
Anything you want to say?
The jail proposal decision was made by the commissioners before we lost the timber revenue. We need to look into other options including that of (sheriff candidate) Rick Lamanna's tent city jail.
We need to evaluate cost of programs and prevent closure like that of the health clinics recently. Commissioners make tough decisions - (that is) true and I have worked with people from the poverty level to the upper class, listening to and caring about all people.
Key dates remaining for the May 20 Oregon Primary Election
April 29: The last day to register to vote
May 2: Local ballots are delivered to post offices
May 20: Election Day