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By The Skanner News | The Skanner News
Published: 15 October 2008

The Skanner Candidate Endorsements

Many of these races are obvious, especially on the national level. Local races, however, include many excellent candidates, including the Portland City Commissioner race between Amanda Fritz and Charles Lewis. While The Skanner endorses Fritz, we feel that both candidates would make excellent civic leaders, and we strongly encourage Lewis to continue his quest for public office. Similarly, in the Multnomah County Sheriff race, Sgt. Muhammad Ra'oof is professional, with a 29-year career in the Sheriff's Department and an impressive list of advanced educational business degrees - he would make a powerful elected official in local government or even in the state legislature. We endorse Bob Skipper for sheriff simply because he's done the job in the past and done it well.
Ballots are in the mail Saturday, Oct. 18 - don't forget to vote.

Jeff Merkley

Kurt Schrader

Kate Brown

Barack Obama

U.S. Congress
District 1
David Wu

District 3
Earl Blumenauer

District 4
Peter DeFazio

District 5
Kurt Schrader

Secretary of State
Kate Brown

State Treasurer
Ben Westlund

Attorney General
John Kroger

U.S. Senator
Jeff Merkley

City of Portland
Commissioner, Position No. 1
Amanda Fritz

Multnomah County Commission, District 3
Judy Shiprack

Multnomah County Commission, District 4
4 Carla Piluso

Multnomah County Sheriff
4 Bob Skipper


The Skanner Supports These County Ballot Measures

Yes on 26-94: Renew Five-Year Levy for Children's Investment Fund. We're not big fans of property taxes, but this measure touches thousands upon thousands of youngster during their most critical early years, giving critical funds to some of the very best children's programs in the metro area – from Self Enhancement, Inc., to Boys & Girls Club. At about $14 million per year for the next five years, it's the best possible investment in the long run.

No on 26-95: Portland Community College Expansion Bonds. This is one of many places where the statewide movements to strangle funding for public institutions comes home to roost. Portland Community College, the state's largest educational facility, which serves hundreds of thousands of adult students both young and old, deserves our ongoing financial support. But the $374,000,000 bond measure is just too much for us to handle.

Yes on 26-96: The "Zoo Levy." The Oregon Zoo has become an institution of global importance – launching research into wildlife conservation around the world. This measure is costly -- $125 million in general obligation bonds. But it also establishes long-term cost and resource-saving measures, better living conditions for and sets up a system of financial auditing.

Multnomah County Ballot Measures
Yes on 26-94
Yes on 26-95
Yes on 26-96


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