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Editor’s note: With the general election coming up Nov. 4, we recap the endorsements of the Hillsboro Tribune’s editorial board.

SENATE DISTRICT 15: BRUCE STARR

We believe state Sen. Bruce Starr (R) stands out as clearly the best choice for Senate District 15. We have been very impressed with Starr’s views on education, one of the key issues in the district. Further, Starr has been a voice of moderation on most issues, and we are pleased with his willingness to avoid excessive partisanship. Sen. Starr has been a strong and effective voice for our district, and we believe he has earned another term as state senator.

SENATE DISTRICT 16: BETSY JOHNSON

State Sen. Betsy Johnson (D), has been a bold yet reasonable voice in the state’s politics for 14 years, and we like her frankness. Overall, Johnson has been a thoughtful, moderate voice in Salem, and we recommend she be given a fresh four-year term.

HOUSE DISTRICT 26: JOHN DAVIS

The incumbent, John Davis, is our choice. We believe he may become even more effective as he gains more experience in the Legislature, and the first-term Republican deserves another term in office.

HOUSE DISTRICT 29: SUSAN McLAIN

We believe Susan McLain stands out in this contest. We appreciate McLain’s experience as a high school teacher in Hillsboro, and that background would serve her well in her efforts to effectively fund education. The scale clearly tips toward McLain in this race, and we recommend voters give the Forest Grove Democrat the chance to serve as District 29’s next state representative.

HOUSE DISTRICT 30: JOE GALLEGOS

We believe Joe Gallegos has done a solid job in his first term. The Hillsboro Democrat has been a true champion for K-12 funding, and he seems to have the energy and desire to build on that work in a second term. And Gallegos’ Hispanic roots helps give a voice to a vital local demographic. Gallegos is clearly the strongest candidate in this race, and he deserves a second term.

HOUSE DISTRICT 32: DEBORAH BOONE

State Rep. Deborah Boone has served as the district’s representative since 2004 and has been solid. The Democrat serves as vice chair on the House Interim Committee on Energy and Environment, and is a member of the House Interim Committee on Veterans’ Services and Emergency Preparedness. We believe Boone has earned another term as the district’s state representative.

HILLSBORO CITY COUNCIL, WARD 2: KYLE ALLEN

We liked Kyle Allen’s answers on Gain Share and education; his stance on planning growth within city boundaries; and his reasonable attitude toward medical marijuana sales, and we believe it would be good for the Hillsboro City Council to have a youthful perspective. Allen would be one of the youngest members of the council. We recommend voters give him the chance to serve.

MEASURE 34-221 (Washington County): YES

Voters in Washington County will decide Measure 34-221. If approved, the measure would allow county officials to charge an additional $30 per year when drivers apply to renew their vehicle registrations. The money would be used to maintain roads within the county. Roads are a major investment, and we believe that investment needs to be maintained now — rather than waiting for more costly fixes down the road. Boosting the vehicle registration fee makes sense as an effective and fair way to accomplish that. We urge county voters to support Measure 34-221.

MEASURE 86 (Statewide): YES

Measure 86, which was referred to this November’s statewide ballot by the 2013 Oregon Legislature, opens up the opportunity for Oregon to provide greater support for students who want to get a college education. Measure 86 represents a small stride forward, but with time it has the potential to open up vast opportunity. We recommend a “Yes” vote on this referendum.

MEASURE 90 (Statewide): YES

Ballot Measure 90 — the open primary initiative — won’t cure all afflictions that plague the election process in Oregon, but it would give more people the chance to participate in choosing their leaders. We recommend a “Yes” vote on Measure 90 — a rare “good government” measure in an era of special interest politics.

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