Bullseye Coffee's Linda Neace challenges four others for position

A West Linn coffee shop owner has joined the race for the Clackamas County Clerk position in the upcoming May 20 primary election, joining three other challengers to incumbent Sherry Hall. NEACE

Linda Neace, owner of Bullseye Coffee in Willamette, will run as a member of the Republican party. Neace is the latest to join a field that includes West Linn resident David Robinson, Gladstone’s Mark Meek and Barbara Stringham of Oregon City.

Among her reasons for running, Neace hopes “to return transparency, integrity, honesty, trust and first class customer service to our county elections office.”

If elected, Neace will aim to ensure “seamless, accurate and secure” elections, and to emphasize voter participation as well as election office training and supervision.

“(I want to) bring energy and new innovation to the office,” Neace said.

Hall has served as county clerk since 2003 and has been the source of controversy over recent years. Back in the May 2010 primary election, Hall’s office misprinted ballots to include a race that was supposed to be on the ballot for the November general election, which cost taxpayers $120,000 to correct. Then ballot tampering was discovered Oct. 31, 2012, in which a temporary worker admitted to altering ballots.

Neace, who lives in Gladstone, has owned Bullseye Coffee since 2007 and also serves on the West Linn Economic Development Committee and is president of the West Linn Chamber of Commerce. Before taking over at Bullseye Coffee, she worked in the sales and marketing department for the Holiday Inn and Sheraton Hotels.

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