Wants to work with vets; endorses Steve Bates for county seat

by: CONTRIBUTED - Justin GombosJustin Gombos of West Linn announced at the Boring Community Planning Organization earlier this week that he was withdrawing his candidacy for Clackamas County Commissioner, Position 5.

Still in the running for that seat are incumbent James Bernard of Wilsonville, Jeremy Ferguson of Milwaukie and Steve Bates of Boring, president of the Boring CPO. Gombos endorsed Bates at the meeting.

Withdrawing from the race was a “very hard decision for me to make,” Gombos said. “As an athlete as a child, I was told to never quit. But I don’t look at it as quitting, but getting more qualified people to take that office.”

As a Navy helicopter pilot he served several tours overseas and got back from Afghanistan about a year ago, Gombos said. He grew up in Clackamas County and said he was running for office because he wanted to make sure veterans were given their due in his home county.

So Gombos has decided to work directly with returning veterans, he said.

“I also realized that I could do more to better the situations for fellow young veterans just by volunteering at the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) than I really could in any elected capacity,” he said.

Gombos, 35, is also going back to school, using his G.I. bill benefits to attend Willamette University, where he’s majoring in business administration.

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