So, seriously, Portland: Who's your choice for county commissioner? Today I really want to know what it is you think a county commissioner should do. How should they behave? What should their priorities be?
At some point, I'll do the math and figure out if this is, in fact, a representative sample of the last election for this seat. Although in that race, there wasn't a campaign staffer behind an IP wall (and I'm not saying there is) just repeatedly clicking on the same person, so there's that:
WHO DO YOU THINK THE MERCURY SHOULD ENDORSE?
Yesterday's post, which included a poll and links to interviews with all eight county candidates, has thrown up some fascinating issues in the comments—particularly questions of "entitlement," and "public service." I'm really glad we're having a thorough discussion about this race. More after the jump.
Commenter Jess, for example, had this to say:
Karol Collymore released a statement on why she was running, "it seems like the logical next step." Huh? Not very inspiring! Tom Markgraf is in love with the ridiculous big bridge project.
The "ridiculous big bridge project"? What the . . .? How do YOU propose we get across the river to Washington? The old bridge is falling apart. What are we supposed to do? Pretend we're in Venice and hop in a gondola?
She's smart, progressive, caring, has been a huge asset to the N/NE district, AND she's a snazzy dresser.
Vote for Paul van Orden!!! He is an extremely dedicated public servant. Paul has proved himself time and time again how much he cares for his community. He isn't a career politician, he is a honest, hardworking, intelligent guy. He has my vote!
He has lived in the center of seat #2 for many years (as a homeowner) and has shown a long term willingness to stay and serve the community both through his employment with the city and his various community activities. This isn't just a stepping stone or "the next logical step" in a political career (-cough-Kollymore-cough) for him. He wants to help the community and not just help himself up to the next level of a political career.
As a resident of east portland, I'm voting for Chuck Currie. East county is the poorest area of town and it has been repeatedly ignored by the city. It's easy to think of your city as progressive and "weird" and hip when you never venture east of 82nd avenue, where Portland's poorest are living. Chuck Currie recognizes the importance of helping the residents of this part of town.
I don't live in that district, but Chuck Currie seems to be the best of the bunch. Karol says "it's a logical next step," but Chuck sees, from his 25 or so years fighting hunger and homelessness in this community, how he wants to use the office to actually accomplish things he's been fighting for.
Funny how men are never told to cool their jets and wait it out when it comes to public service.
Young men who run for office are called visionaries or a breath of fresh air. Young (black) women are called uppity.
Thanks for all your comments, people. Let's keep discussing these ideas.
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