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Tualatin woman will challenge longtime commissioner Rogers

Glendora Claybrooks of Tualatin calls her candidacy for Washington County commissioner an “unprecedented adventure.”Glendora Claybrooks

She is challenging incumbent Roy Rogers, who has been in office since 1985, in the May 17 primary. District 3 covers the southeast corner of the county, including Durham, King City, Sherwood, Tigard and Tualatin.

“I came from an era when people who look like me — male or female — did not have the opportunity to participate in their government,” said Claybrooks, who if elected would be the first from a racial or ethic minority on the commission.

Claybrooks, 63, is president of the local chapter of the National Action Network, a civil rights advocacy organization founded and led nationally by the Rev. Al Sharpton. She has held that position since 2010.

This is her first run for public office. County commissioner positions are nonpartisan; the four district seats are part time, and the chairman elected countywide serves full time.

“I am definitely not part of the establishment,” she said. “I am just a regular citizen who has been a product of the negative effects of what our institutions offer. They have not been forthcoming.”

She lives in Tualatin with her niece.

Her education and background interweaves public health and political activism.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in health sciences and community health education in 2005 from Portland State University, where she went on to obtain a graduate certificate in public management and public administration in 2011.

She earned a master’s degree in health administration in 2008 from the University of Portland.

From 2009 to 2010 she was a medical assisting instructor at Carrington College, a for-profit network of 18 campuses, including one in Portland. The college specializes in health professions.

She is a member of the state Medicaid Advisory Committee.

She was a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.

Though she is interested in public health, Claybrooks said her goal in public office is to make all government programs work better for those who depend on those services.

“I am motivated by seeing a lot of broken pieces of our system that are not working for the common good of people the system was intended for,” she said. “I believe I can make a difference.”

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