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Firefighters support Allen for City Council

The Hillsboro Fire Fighters Association endorses Kyle Allen for the Hillsboro City Council race this Nov. 4. After considering the candidates in the race, we unanimously decided to support Kyle Allen.

He is committed to serving the community of Hillsboro, and we were impressed by his obvious dedication.

In addition to reaching out to the community, Kyle Allen also spent an entire day with our local firefighters, learning firsthand about the services we deliver. He was engaged and genuinely interested in how we serve Hillsboro and how the city council can help support and enhance public safety.

Hillsboro residents depend on their firefighters every day to respond to fires, medical incidents, rescues and natural disasters.

We can depend on Kyle Allen to support public safety and keep Hillsboro a safe place to live.

The members of the Hillsboro Fire Fighters Association urge you to vote for Kyle Allen on Nov. 4!

Eric Keim


Hillsboro Fire Fighters Association

Allen understands the value of working together

As the primary election winner, I will join the Beaverton City Council after the election. One of the most important things facing our two cities is having regional support on major projects.

Kyle Allen understands the importance of working cooperatively as a regional team, in addition to working with the city staff and other councilors. I am supporting Allen for Hillsboro City Council because he understands the immense importance of working together so we can be an integral part of improving our entire region. Allen is an intelligent, engaged leader who knows when to seek advice from others and when to step up and be a champion for Hillsboro by giving advice that will bring the community’s vision to life.

Allen is the right choice for Hillsboro City Council, and is the right choice to join the team working hard to lead the change coming to our region. Allen is the only candidate who has worked hard to build relationships and endorsements within Hillsboro and the region.

Make the right choice for Hillsboro and our region. Vote for Allen by Nov. 4.

Lacey Beaty


Riley is the best choice in the Oregon Senate


The other day I got one of those letters in the mail from Mrs. Bruce Starr. You know the kind of letter — the one that looks like it was written by hand, but you know it went through a “word merge” so it looks personal (but the return address is from the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce).

Mrs. Starr talked about how Bruce Starr supports education, and she felt badly about the “lies” about her husband.

There are two problems: 1) Bruce Starr has consistently voted against public education funding except for a one-time addition to the education budget in 2014 when the bill was going to pass anyway; and 2) although every family has the right to choose how to educate their children, the Starrs chose private school over public school.

Bruce Starr is not a public education supporter.

Chuck Riley consistently supported education during his three terms in the Oregon House, and is the better candidate for the Oregon Senate.

Linda Erickson


Ballot foul-up raises serious questions

Thank you very much for writing the article “Errant ballots mailed out in council race” (Hillsboro Tribune, Oct. 24 issue). My goodness I was surprised at such election irresponsibility as you recorded.

 I write as someone who has done a fair amount of canvassing in this election, as well as canvassing and vote-getting-out in past elections. I am concerned that it is already a struggle to get Hillsboro-ites to cast their full ballots when there are weeks between the dates of receiving ballots and the final date they must be delivered to county officials. According to your article, it is going to take a good number of days before these emergency Hillsboro City Council Ward 2 election ballots can be printed, envelopes prepared, and postal delivery to take place before ballots actually arrive in the hands of voters.

As I write this, it is already Sunday, Oct. 26. Let’s suppose the majority of registered Hillsboro voters do not receive their Akers/Allen ballots until Friday, Oct. 31. In comparison to the total number of normal ballots cast by Hillsboro residents by Election Day — Tuesday, Nov. 4 — what is going to happen if, say, only 20 percent of the people who turn in their regular ballots actually succeed in turning in the supplemental/emergency ballots for the Monte Akers-Kyle Allen race, especially if the final result is very close, say 50 votes or less? How would YOU feel if you lost by just 50 votes in a highly irregular and unusual last-minute election?

I hope you will dig deeper into this mix-up and give Hillsboro residents a fuller picture of what has happened, and even what might happen.

Here are some questions: Who was the civil servant who actually received candidate Brenda McCoy’s withdrawal request?

What is going to happen if only an unbelievably small number of supplemental/emergency ballots get turned in by Election Day?

One more thing. I am looking at the Voters’ Pamphlet for the Nov. 4 general election. I do NOT see Brenda McCoy’s name, bio or photo under Hillsboro City Council Ward 2. That being the case ...

When did the Voters’ Pamphlet go to press? Didn’t the appropriate officials have time to get Brenda McCoy’s name off our ballots when whoever was responsible for printing the “pamphlet” actually sent it to press?

How can voters and election officials avoid this kind of disappointing mix-up in future elections?

 Laurence Wiig


Mayors support vehicle registration fee

We depend on our roads every day. From commuting to work to going on a family outing, our transportation infrastructure plays a crucial role in our quality of life here in Washington County. Without it, we would be left motionless.

The challenge we face today is that our roads are aging and beginning to enter a state of complete disrepair, where no level of patching could fix them and they will simply need to be torn out and replaced. The gas tax, the primary funding mechanism for road repairs, cannot keep up with the increasing demand for maintenance as the supply and labor costs continue to rise. Furthermore, the federal gas tax has not been raised since 1993, meaning that we have to do more with less.

If we cannot find a cost-effective way to maintain our roads today, it will end up costing all of us in the end. For every dollar we spend on road maintenance today, we save ourselves $5 to $10 that we would have to pay in the future to wholly replace them. This only underscores the importance of finding a solution now.

Nobody wants to pay more in taxes, but there is a difference between a tax and an investment. If we are able to perform preventative maintenance today, we are able to care for our roads at a cheaper cost.

When you fill out your ballot this election, you will be asked to weigh in on Washington County Ballot Measure 34-221, authorizing the county to create a $30 vehicle registration fee for automobiles and a $17 fee for motorcycles.

As the mayors of Washington County, we ask that you join us in supporting this ballot measure as a sensible way to safeguard our investment.

Signed by the following mayors:

Jerry Willey, Hillsboro; John Cook, Tigard; Denny Doyle, Beaverton; Peter Truax, Forest Grove; Jef Dalin, Cornelius; Gery Schirado, Durham; Lou Ogden, Tualatin; David Hatcher, North Plains; and Bill Middleton, Sherwood

Kitzhaber is making a habit of saving lives

It is well known that Gov. John Kitzhaber was an emergency room physician for 14 years, where he saved lives. Earlier this year, he jumped out of his vehicle to rescue a woman in distress.

Gov. Kitzhaber administered life-saving CPR, and the woman survived. What is less well known is that Gov. Kitzhaber, by accepting the Medicaid expansion to 100,000 Oregonians in January of 2014, saved 568 Oregonians lives this year.

The landmark study on Medicaid and mortality by Benjamin Sommers, M.D., established that for every 500,000 people that get Medicaid, 2,840 deaths are prevented per year (“Mortality and access to care among adults after state Medicaid expansions,” Benjamin Sommers, M.D., New England Journal of Medicine, Sept. 13, 2012).

Therefore, by simple math, if 500,000 people receiving Medicaid prevents 2,840 deaths per year, then 100,000 Oregonians receiving Medicaid will prevent 568 deaths per year. That means 568 Oregonians lives will be saved, this year, because of Gov. Kitzhaber’s decision to accept the Medicaid expansion.

With Gov. Kitzhaber, saving lives has become a habit

Robert L. Seward, M.D.

Forest Grove

Allen would be a strong, nonpartisan council member

I’m proud to support Kyle Allen for Hillsboro City Council. As a city councilor, I’ve learned firsthand how important bipartisan support and a cooperative spirit are to making our community better.

Kyle Allen has worked hard to build a foundation for his service on the council, and has strong bipartisan support. Kyle Allen will be a great nonpartisan city councilor because he focuses on issues and solutions. He will be a uniting representative for our city.

Kyle takes a balanced approach and will seek input from the community before making decisions.

He is accessible, engaged, and cares about what matters to the community. Kyle has been a regular presence at city council meetings and community events. He will be active and visible if we elect him to the council.

He is already working hard to connect with the community, and if he is elected he will be able to give this position the time and focus it requires. There will be a separate, special ballot sent for this race; it should be arriving soon.

Please join me in completing this ballot and voting for Kyle Allen on Nov. 4!

Megan Braze


Megan Braze is a member of the Hillsboro City Council.

Proud of job Starr has done for district

One of Bruce Starr’s strengths as our state senator has been his support of our local economy. Just last year, he voted for the largest tax cut for small businesses in state history.

He has worked hard to ensure big companies like Nike and Intel are a part of our communities well into the future. He has pushed for the local infrastructure investments, like roads and bridges, which keep our economy healthy.

He believes good jobs help families provide for their needs and their futures, and helps fund essential state services. I’m proud to call him my state senator, and would encourage you to cast your vote for him this November.

Neal Knight


Riley’s record shows support of public education

Chuck Riley and Bruce Starr are extremely far apart in their voting records regarding education, yet Riley seems to be the only of the two to represent his voting record accurately.

Chuck Riley voted for funding education every time it came up during his tenure with the Legislature, while Bruce Starr voted against it, except for a one-time boost.

Do we want someone like Bruce Starr representing our interests in Salem for public education when he obviously doesn’t consistently vote for it in the Legislature and doesn’t send his children to public school? Chuck Riley’s voting record speaks to his support of the public education system.

He wants to represent me and my community in the Legislature in Salem. I support Chuck because he spends his time listening to constituents so he can help solve our local concerns and challenges around public education and other important issues.

Claire Berger

Forest Grove

Riley is right in Oregon Senate race

As a mother, it’s important to me that we elect legislators who will work to keep our kids safe from violence.

I’ve looked at each candidate’s arguments and platforms over the past few weeks, and I’m choosing to support Chuck Riley this year. Chuck Riley is running to be our state senator representing Hillsboro, Forest Grove, Cornelius and North Plains, and I’m excited to vote for someone who cares deeply about our community.

One reason I support Chuck Riley is because his voting record clearly shows he cares about the safety of our kids in Washington County. As a parent, of course I have always worried about my kids.

That’s why I want someone working in Salem who will fight to protect our kids.

In the Oregon House of Representatives, Chuck Riley voted to make it easier to prosecute and punish child predators. He also voted for tougher penalties for online sexual predators and coaches who abuse young athletes.

Protecting our children is such an important issue, and Chuck Riley has the right priorities for Washington County. That’s why I’m voting “Yes” for Chuck Riley for Oregon Senate.

Luann Pelton


Measure 91 deserves ‘Yes’ vote

In Oregon this November, we have an opportunity to be at the forefront of a historic shift toward common sense.

At the same time, we have the advantage of being the third state to regulate, legalize and tax marijuana. The most compelling reasons for to vote to support Measure 91 have almost nothing to do with marijuana and everything to do with the harm that prohibition is doing to our communities.

I’m not a pot smoker, but I’m urging everyone I know to vote “Yes” on Measure 91 because it’s clear the current approach has failed. Marijuana is here right now, all around us in the community.

Forty years of trying to regulate marijuana using the criminal justice system has had little effect on its availability or demand. Arresting people for using marijuana has forced the economy underground into the hands of drug dealers and violent cartels.

The criminal market pulls hundreds of millions of dollars in profits while paying nothing into our system. It operates with no safeguards for the product and sells with impunity wherever and to whomever it chooses, including teenagers.

Measure 91 will refocus the police on what matters: keeping us safe. It will save money on enforcement and courts, while also generating new money for vital state services. Drug dealers on the streets will be run out of business by licensed, audited, properly-zoned stores operated by people who are background checked. Products will be tested for safety and potency and labeled properly inside child-safe containers.

Tens of millions of dollars from taxes on legal marijuana will go toward schools, state and local law enforcement and drug treatment and prevention programs. Washington and Colorado have gone first. Legal, regulated marijuana is on sale in those two places.

Traffic fatalities are down or flat in Colorado and Washington. Crime is down. Teen use is down. Both states have already collected tens of millions of dollars in new tax revenue.

We aren’t voting on whether to allow marijuana into Oregon or not. It’s already here. This is a vote to either keep the decades-old, failed system run by drug cartels or try a new, common sense system of regulation and taxation in the hands of responsible adults.

It’s an easy choice for me. Vote “Yes” on Measure 91.

Brad Reed

Forest Grove

Candidate promises to prioritize safety

training and equipment

The Hillsboro Fire Department has worked extremely hard over the last several years to improve training and increase the safety of our community.

If elected to the city council on Nov. 4, I will advocate for continued cutting-edge training for our fire and police departments.

Looking at statistics about our firefighters’ success when faced with cardiac arrests, we see a great improvement over the last five years. This is in large part due to more effective training.

Between 2010 and August 2013, the department reported a survival rate of 17.9 percent for victims of cardiac arrest.

If we look at a smaller, more recent window, the survival rate increases significantly.

Between August 2012 and September 2013, the survival rate for victims of cardiac arrest was 62.5 percent when the Hillsboro Fire Department responded.

The likelihood of surviving cardiac arrest has more than tripled!

This success is also thanks to more community members becoming certified in CPR. I will be taking a CPR class at Tuality on Nov. 19. Join me and be prepared!

I’m proud to be part of such a cohesive community with hardworking public safety departments.

I look forward to continuing to prioritize improved training and equipment that keeps Hillsboro safe.

Kyle Allen


Kyle Allen is a candidate for

Hillsboro City Council in Ward 2.

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