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Oct. 14, 2014

Arnold brings energy to Fairview council

I am writing in support of Tamie Arnold’s re-election campaign to Fairview City Council Position No. 6. As a current member of the council, Tamie has demonstrated great ideas, energy and leadership for the citizens of Fairview.

An example of one of her fresh ideas, which was fully supported by the council, was to engage in a campaign called H.E.A.L (Healthy Eating Active Living), which focuses on creating policies that enhance public health and quality of life for our community.

As a nurse and mother, Tamie brings a unique perspective to council. She is constantly energized and working for our citizens. I heartily endorse Tamie Arnold and urge our citizen’s to re-elect her to Fairview City Council.

Mike Weatherby


Fairview needs Kotsakis on City Council

Fairview needs thoughtful, positive and serious people to carefully consider many of the issues that face Fairview. What Fairview doesn't need is angry “staff bashing” and inflammatory rhetoric.

Creating a hostile work environment is definitely not the way to improve Fairview's culture.

As a former dean of business and technology at Clark College, Ted Kotsakis would bring to council an impressive depth of knowledge. As a long time member and chairman of the Public Safety Committee and a volunteer for the COPP (Citizens of Park Patrol) Ted Kotsakis’ advocacy and passion for public safety goes beyond the rhetoric.

Ted is a candidate that Fairview needs. He is passionate, intelligent and not afraid to roll up his sleeves and help the community. Most importantly, he is a positive influence in the city.

Please Vote Ted Kotsakis for Fairview City Council

Brian Cooper


(Editor's note: Brian Cooper was appointed to the Fairview City Council in 2012.)

Nystrom, Bruce speak for the people

All candidates say they support education and job creation.

All the candidates say they are prepared to make tough choices, but when our budgets are tight, which candidates would choose services that people need vs. tax breaks for powerful corporations?

Stephanie Nystrom, the Democrat running four House District 52, owns a small business with her husband. Robert Bruce, the Democrat running Senate District 26, works in a small business.

Nystrom and Bruce know that tax policies that favor multi-national corporations hurt small business, and that ALEC, the Koch Brothers' sponsored "Legislative Exchange Council" is in business to make corporate CEOs rich, while sending jobs overseas. Individuals in the middle class and Oregon's small businesses are carrying an unfair share of the tax burden.

Both Nystrom and Bruce will stand up for the rights of all the people, regardless of race, gender or minority status. They unequivocally support equal pay for equal work and will fight for it in the Oregon Legislature. These are my reasons for supporting Stephanie Nystrom for House District 52 representative and Robert Bruce for Senate District 26.

Mary Anderson


Allen does what's right for Troutdale

For the past four years, Rich Allen has done a stellar job on Troutdale's City Council. He is a voice of independence and reason for the voters. I have always been impressed how careful and thorough he is in his decisions.

There will be big decisions for Troutdale in the years to come. We need someone who is always well-informed, who listens to all sides in a debate, and who does what is best for the community.

Let's re-elect Rich Allen.

Zach Hudson


Johnson works hard for constituents

I am supporting Rep. Mark Johnson in House District 52.

I met Mark four years ago when he came to a community forum at the Corbett

Grange. He listened to the concerns of those attending, answered questions and took information to get back to people when he didn't have the answers on hand. Over the past few years I have had a chance to attend other meetings with Mark and this is how he operates: If he can't answer your question right now, he will get back to you when he has the answer.

I have gotten to know Mark through his position on the Hood River County School Board and have been impressed with his passion for education, and his desire to see our younger people succeed.

Recently, Mark held a forum in Hood River to discuss educational priorities for 2015 both locally and statewide. In addition to K-12 leaders, Mark had representatives from the local community college there to address experiences, expenses and solutions for those in higher education.

This forum was a great experience because the audience was able to participate, ask questions, and share concerns.

Mark works year-round to connect with his constituents, share his passions and priorities and incorporates our feedback.

In a district as diverse as House District 52, I know Mark is representing the interests of our small towns such as Corbett, along with Sandy, East Gresham and Hood River. That’s why I encourage a yes vote to send Rep. Mark Johnson back to Salem.

Victoria Purvine



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