The two opposites are vying to be chairperson of the Board of Commissioners

Ballot results are too close to call in the race for the coveted seat as chairperson of the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners.

The first count of votes has 52,420 voters or 51.6 percent preferring John Ludlow as the chairman, while 49,161 voters or 48.4 percent have placed their mark beside Charlotte Lehan’s name.JOHN LUDLOW

At press time, only one ballot counting had been reported by the county’s elections office. More reports of additional ballots counted will be reported when received from the county.

There is little the two candidates have in common besides the fact they both have been mayor of the city of Wilsonville and are or have been small-business owners.

Ludlow appears to have isolationist viewpoints as shown by his desire to separate Clackamas County from the effects of the growth and development of the greater Portland area as well as the influence of Metro regional government.

He is a cheerleader for the cause of preventing the development of light-rail transportation systems as well as allowing residents of the county to vote on any project that requires spending large sums of county revenue.

“I will support and honor our citizens’ right to vote,” he sCHARLOTTE LEHANaid, “and to direct how their community develops.”

Lehan likes to collaborate with other area governments to promote the economic growth of the entire region.

She and her fellow commissioners were able to assist with the cost of light rail in the Milwaukie area, which caused an uproar from the Ludlow camp and his financial supporters.

But Lehan is unmoved, saying that government can survive diverse opinions.

“Our best work occurs most often,” she said, “when we bring a diversity of opinions forward.”

According to the candidates’ statements, Ludlow is the candidate of change, and Lehan is the candidate of growth and job creation.

But it is the voters who will decide.

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