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Clackamas Fire District candidates vie based on experience


After being appointed to the Clackamas Fire District No. 1 Board in October, John Blanton of Milwaukie is being challenged in this month’s election by Oak Grove resident Jeffrey Davis.

Blanton, who claims that he helps run one of the finest fire districts in the state, was very proud to recieve this opportunity last year after interviewing with board members, who selected him among seven qualified candidates.

“I would be honored to be elected this May to retain my current position for the next four years,” said Blanton.

Davis has served on the Oak Lodge Sanitary District Budget Advisory Committee since April 2012, and as the principal of an electrical and mechanical engineering firm, System Design Consultants, Inc., he has been involved in designing lighting, electrical and low voltage systems for fire stations in Oregon, including Salem Fire District, Lincoln City Fire District, and Hood River Fire District. Davis was unavailable to comment on his plans for the district if he is elected. However, his statement in the Voters' Pamphlet says that he will use his “experience as a professional and as member of this community where [he has] resided for over 30 years to advocate for efficient and effective use of the resources allocated" to the fire district.

Blanton feels that, since he is established and has the experience from serving on the board this past year and working with the district in the past, he would be the best candidate to continue on for the next four years. He is a past president of North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce, and has worked as a rapid-response coordinator for workforce services at Clackamas Community College.

“I have a good grasp of what our fire district is about,” said Blanton. “And I’m working hard to do my best.”