I learned a lot when I ran for the Clackamas County Commission in last May’s primary. First, running a campaign is really hard work. Next, the range and complexity of issues is a lot bigger than you’d think. What surprised me, however, is how many good people are involved in our local county politics.
One of these good people is Paul Savas, the incumbent commissioner against whom I was running. As we spent time at various meetings, debates, forums etc. I got to know Paul, and became increasingly aware of his accomplishments in several areas. I think it’s an impressive record, and now believe Clackamas citizens have been very well served by Paul – and should vote to return him to the Commission this November.
Are you worried about the crime that is consuming Portland spreading into Clackamas County? I believe that a strong, effective deterrent is a critical part of our public safety system. Paul is proud to be endorsed by every major police organization in Clackamas County. Here’s a quote from Ben Wiley, President of the Clackamas County Peace Officers Association: “Paul has protected funding for law enforcement and earned our trust.”
The metro area homeless problem only gets worse; feckless politicians talk a lot but produce no results. Paul Savas spearheaded the Veteran’s Village Transitional Shelter for homeless veterans and secured funding for homeless services, including shelter, food, mental health and substance abuse. Paul is about action and results, not endless meetings.
Almost everyone I talk with is angry about the tolling proposal for I-205. Paul is co-chair of the regional I-205 Tolling Diversion committee. He is a consistent, vocal opponent of this unfair tolling scheme. He is the only candidate in the current race who has come out against ODOT’s tolling proposal. The North Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce said in their endorsement: “Paul Savas spoke more competently about tolling and transportation funding than anyone we interviewed.”
Paul also leads economic development efforts on the Sunrise and Mcloughlin corridors for jobs, manufacturing and housing. He believes in building a prosperous future with higher-paying jobs and affordable housing options for everyone, including young families and older residents.
Above all, I think that Paul Savas is committed to spending our tax dollars wisely. He believes in a county government that works “for the people”, and does his best to protect Clackamas County values through commonsense leadership. Unfortunately, we live in a time of division, rancor and outraged conflict. Paul is the kind of person who can rise above the noise with a thoughtful, pragmatic voice. Some folks say that he is the reasonable “bridge” that keeps the commission on track with on-point facts and figures. That is where experience matters; after twenty-odd years of public service, Paul has a steady hand on the county “tiller”.
Lastly, Paul is a nice guy. After learning about his activity on the commission over the years, it’s an easy call for me to urge you to vote to re-elect Paul Savas!