Your one-stop shop for everything on this fall's ballot.
The leaves are changing, theres a bite in the air and in Oregon that can only mean one thing: It's election season once again.
While news headlines nationwide are concerned with the latest scandals involving presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton, here at the Hillsboro Tribune, weve been hard at work meeting with candidates for elected office across Western Washington County. In todays issue of the Tribune, youll find endorsements for several races, including our picks in the hotly contested races for Hillsboro mayor and City Council.
Ballots are now in the hands of voters, and we'll be your one-stop-shop on statewide and local ballot measures, legislative districts, the governor's race and other statewide seats up for grabs, along with other issues that voters will need to weigh as they fill out their ballots over the next four weeks as we count down to Election Day.
As a community newspaper, we take this responsibility seriously, weighing not just what we think should happen with each race, but also what impact we think that will have, both locally and statewide.
So who made these decisions? Several people. Local endorsements were written by Hillsboro Tribune Publisher Nikki DeBuse, Managing Editor Nancy Townsley and Associate Editor Geoff Pursinger. Metro-area races were written by the editorial board of Pamplin Media Group, the Tribunes parent company, which includes editors and publishers from newspapers across the Portland area, including the Portland Tribune, Forest Grove News-Times, Beaverton Valley Times, Wilsonville Spokesman and Newberg Graphic.
Not everyone will agree with our choices, of course, and we want to hear what you think. Love them or hate them, we encourage our readers to submit letters to the editor sharing your thoughts on who voters should elect this November. Well run them in the next few issues of the Tribune leading up to Election Day.
Don't want to keep copies of the newspaper lying around for weeks? Below are links to all of our endorsements, as they are published. Check back to this story every week for the latest endorsements.
Hillsboro Tribune endorsements:
Hillsboro Mayor: Steve Callaway
Hillsboro City Council: Rick Van Beveren, Anthony Martin, Fred Nachtigal
House District 26: Richard Vial
House District 29: Susan McLain
House District 30: Dan Mason
Senate District 12: Brian Boquist
Measure 26-178, Metro Parks Levy: Yes
Measure 34-252, Hillsboro marijuana tax: Yes
Measure 34-268, merge Fire Dist. 2 with TVF&R: Yes
Measure 34-269, Tualatin Soil & Water levy: Yes
Pamplin Media Group endorsements:
Oregon Governor: Bud Pierce
Oregon Attorney General: Ellen Rosenblum
Oregon Secretary of State: Dennis Richardson
Oregon State Treasurer: Tobias Read
Measure 97: No
Measure 98 (Funding for high school programs): Yes
Measure 99 (Funding for Outdoor School): Yes
Measure 100 (Ban sale of exotic animal parts): Yes