What’s Your Sign?


Here’s a question I often hear during election season: What’s your political party? 

I will answer that in this post (it’s never been a secret), but I want to share a few thoughts with you first.

When you think about political parties, you are likely thinking about Washington, D.C. or Salem, where gridlock, walkouts, lockdowns and insult wars are the order of the day. That’s not the way business is done at most city halls and county courthouses. Our focus isn’t on fighting, it’s on services and results for our community.

Several years ago, almost three out of every four voters in Lincoln County decided to make the commissioner position non-partisan, which I think was a great call. Our county government maintains about 300 miles of roads and a couple of dozen bridges. We operate sheriff’s patrols and run the jail; and we maintain a network of health clinics and services. There’s nothing partisan (or should be) about making sure there services are as efficient and effective as I can be.

I work with commissioners from other counties in every part of the state on funding for workforce housing, expanding veterans services and improving public health services. Some of the commissioners I work with are registered in the same party I am. Some are of the other party. In some cases, I don’t know which party (if any) they are affiliated with, and that’s fine. We’re all focused on effective solutions for the people we serve. Partisan politics should not play a role in delivering public services. And so….

My opponent and I are both registered Democrats, if that matters to you. But I’ll say it one more time: this job isn’t about “politics.” It’s about making sure the county has what it needs to thrive.

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