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The recall campaign she led against Grafton Sterling wasn’t the main reason that Naomi Angier filed for election as a commissioner on the Clackamas River Water Board — nor was it the fact that Sterling hasn’t shown up to a board meeting for more than a year.

Photo Credit: FILE PHOTO - AngierAngier said she filed for the much more prosaic reason that three of the current board members live near Oregon City.

“I was asked to file by some current members of the board because they wanted some representation from the northern part of the district,” Angier said. “I hadn’t thought about running before they approached me about a month ago.”

Sterling critics Commissioner Jim Bernard, former Rep. Carolyn Tomei and CRW Board Member Ken Humberston already have offered formal endorsements of Angier’s campaign. Due to a clerical error, Sterling escaped being a target of the campaign that overwhelmingly recalled Pat Holloway from the board in March 2013.

Angier acknowledged that her role as chief petitioner in the recall campaigns, which garnered the support of the union representing CRW employees, did lead indirectly to her filing for office herself.

“People never think about these boards as being important until you get the wrong people in who are bringing frivolous lawsuits,” Angier said. “The current board is doing a great job, and Clackamas River Water and Sunrise Water are now sharing resources to save money.”

CRW board members voted Dec. 12, 2013, to send Sterling a second notice of his violation of board policy relating to unauthorized contact with CRW vendors, which his four political adversaries say has added to the agency’s liability risks. Sterling has refused to speak on the record with the Clackamas Review about his absences and is not expected to file for re-election.

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