Current chairman's focus is fiscal responsibility; challengers is response time

Les OttoKen BlockerIn Clackamas County’s May 21 special election, registered voters in the Boring Fire District will be asked to vote their preference for board Position No. 3. Candidates are incumbent Les Otto and challenger Ken Blocker.

Otto says the board, under his leadership, has kept the district out of debt and paid for “all services, apparatus and facilities without asking taxpayers for more money.”

Blocker says his focus on the board would be “toward a more effective fire response and bringing the community together.”

For qualifications, Blocker said he was a Boring volunteer fighter from 1997-2000. He has managed small businesses and has been a police reserve.

Otto says he has been a member of the Boring fire board for nine years and as chairman for the past six. He also says he “works hard to build consensus.”

In the future as a member of this board, Otto would like to discuss with neighboring districts how all involved can increase efficiency and reduce costs.

Blocker’s idea about the future of the Boring district is to make the fire department more effective in its response time.

Blocker also wants better trained and more firefighters who are available 24 hours a day to avoid having people wait for medical help.

But Otto says he is proud of the district’s “enhanced level of service and well trained and highly dedicated group of individuals.” Since the district is debt-free, he says it is saving money for future apparatus purchases.

Finally, Blocker says a merger with the Clackamas Fire District would make more firefighters available around the clock for faster response.

But Otto says he believes Boring residents do not want to help Clackamas residents pay for that district’s bonded debt — when Boring has none.

Ballots are scheduled to be put in the mail by Friday, May 3, and are due back by 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 21.

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