Elections for county commissioners, chair to be held May 15

Washington County – The 2018 May primary election is upon us and while there are no ballot measures this election cycle that would affect Gales Creek, the county commission has four candidates vying for the commissioner at-large seat (board chair), as well as two candidates running for the District 4 position.

The first candidate, as listed in the Washington County voters pamphlet, for the Commissioner At-Large (chair) seat is Ryan Deckert, a former president of the Oregon Business Association who previously served as an Oregon state Democratic representative and senator, and also once chaired the Senate Finance Committee. Deckert lists his priorities as fighting to end “crushing traffic congestion,” building affordable housing and creating livable communities with thriving local small businesses.

Candidate two is Shabba Woodley, a telecommunications representative and computer technician who never has held public office but once ran as a U.S. Congressional candidate. Woodley says if elected his priorities will be creating policies that address housing insecurity and ease rising home costs for families and individuals; to invest in “fixing” roads and installing new sidewalks, especially within areas that are close to schools; updating intersections identified as dangerous and unsafe for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers; and expanding county services, such as mental health, youth development and emergency services.

Candidate three is Bob Terry, a former agricultural business owner, chief executive officer of the White Farm Equipment Company, and manager of Borg Warner Financial Services for North America. Since 2011, Terry has served two terms as Washington County Commissioner for District 4. While he doesn’t list his priorities in the voters pamphlet, Terry’s website says he “helped guide Washington County through one of the worst economic recessions without raising taxes or cutting vital services.”

Candidate four is Kathryn Harrington, a Portland Metro Councilor since 2007 who formerly worked for Intel and Central Point Software. Harrington says if elected to the chair position, she will work to find smart and balanced transportation options; help small businesses grow and create family-wage jobs in our communities; and to work with every Washington County community to find affordable housing solutions “for all incomes.”

Running for the Washington County Board of Commissioners District 4 seat are Jerry Willey and Kimberly Culbertson.

Willey lists his occupations as a business and tax consultant, chair of the Hillsboro Airport Master Plan Update Committee, and treasurer of the Hillsboro Community Foundation, among others. He lists his previous government experience as Hillsboro mayor and city councilor. Willey says he is running because he believes in “giving back to the community where you live and work.”

If elected, Willey’s priorities are addressing the conditions of roads and traffic congestion; responsibly managing taxpayer money; creating housing opportunities for all residents; protecting air and water quality; and supporting public safety.

Culbertson is a small business owner and Oregon State University Extension master gardener. Culbertson says she is a lifetime Oregonian and has been a Washington County community activist for the past 25 years.

Culbertson says if elected her priorities are to make developers “pay their fare share to ensure we are building housing affordable and accessible to working families;” to add affordable housing to get people off the streets and out of encampments; providing better accountability to ensure funds for homeless services are being used effectively and humanely; to plan for traffic, transit, bikeways and sidewalks to make roadways safer and the overall transportation system more efficient; to make the county a stronger partner in early education through Head Start and to provide more support for out-of-school time; and to preserve the county’s farming economy and heritage to keep people healthy and connected to the land.

Dates to remember and more

Ballots were mailed to out-of-state voters on April 16, and April 24 was the last day for voters to change party affiliation. April 24 also was the deadline to register to vote in the May 15 primary election.

The first day ballots were mailed was April 25 and Election Day falls on Tuesday, May 15. The ballot drop site for Banks, which will remain open until 8 p.m. on Election Day, can be found at the Banks Public Library, located at 42461 Market Street.

In Forest Grove, there is a curbside drop site on Pacific Avenue between Ash Street and Birch Street in front of the Forest Grove City Library.

There are several other drop sites located throughout the county. For a complete listing, visit the Washington County elections website.

For more information contact Washington County Elections at 503-846-5800 Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Sources and more information: 

Official voters guide
Washington County elections website

Daniel Pearson

Daniel Pearson holds a bachelors in journalism and an MBA in marketing. He’s a 10-time, Oregon SPJ award-winning journalist, a two-time winner of an ADDY (advertising) for copywriting, and a one-time award winner for fiction for the NW Coastal Writer’s Series. Email: daniel@bankspost.com Twitter: @rosecitywriting