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Election Letters

 

October 24, 2018



Editor’s note: We have received many election letters from Linn County residents, but the writers are neither Sweet Home residents nor subscribers to The New Era. Consequently, we’ve posted those letters below:

Candidate has heard concerns

Editor:

I support Renee Windsor-White, Democratic candidate for House District 17 State Representative, in the Nov. 6 election. Renee grew up on a farm in rural Illinois, and that experience will serve her well in District 17.

Renee, a Lebanon resident, has spent countless hours visiting District 17 communities, including Lebanon, Mill City, Sweet Home, Stayton and Sublimity.

Her motto is to “Listen, Serve and Lead.” She has heard many people’s concerns, including everything from Internet access for rural areas such as Cascadia to mental health issues for veterans everywhere. She is developing plans to address these critical issues.

Renee is running against 10-year Republican incumbent Sherrie Sprenger. I hope Rep. Sprenger will agree to a debate or participation in a candidates’ forum with Renee.

For more about Renee, see http://www.renee4OR17.org or e-mail her at renee.for.OR17@gmail.com.

Wendy Nilsen

Lebanon

Candidate a ‘breath of fresh air’

Editor:

A breath of fresh air. A burst of energy. A mind full of innovative ideas. A desire and ability to serve our Linn County community.

That’s Stephanie Newton! Stephanie is running for Linn County Commissioner. The first time I met her and heard her speak I was behind her all the way.

Even before this current midterm vote she did something never done in our county before – she started to video record the Linn County Commission meetings.

They are open to the public, but the agenda and the meetings were never before made easily available. Seeking transparency in all our local government, she made it happen.

I hope you take the time and have the interest to look her up on the Internet because Stephanie is surely worth your effort and our lovely county will be better off for it.

Joi Espelund

Lebanon

Candidate has proven experience

Editor:

When someone moves into Linn County and eight months later decides to run for county commissioner because they know the values of county, that lacks credibility.

John Lindsey has drawn a competitor who registered to vote here in July of 2017 and believes she has a comprehensive understanding of the beliefs and values of the people of Linn County without serving in any official or a volunteer county wide position.

Linn County has been well served by John Lindsey and deserves your vote to continue as a Linn County commissioner.

When you think about the economic turn around seen in Linn County, you can be thankful for the leadership our commissioners.

When you think about the new Veterans Home, the seedling that anchored the development of the medical sciences campus, you can be thankful John Lindsey was looking after the interests of the people in Linn County. He knows us because he grew up here.

Taking care of our veterans, greater educational opportunities and more jobs are reasons why

I urge you to vote for John Lindsey for County Commissioner to continue improving lives in Linn County.

Diane Tillotson

Lebanon

Candidates offer compassion, understanding and discipline

Editor:

I support Renee Windsor-White, Democratic candidate for House District 17 State Representative, in the Nov. 6 election. Renee grew up on a farm in rural Illinois, and that experience will serve her well in District 17.

Renee, a Lebanon resident, has spent countless hours visiting District 17 communities, including Lebanon, Mill City, Sweet Home, Stayton and Sublimity.

Her motto is to “Listen, Serve and Lead.” She has heard many people’s concerns, including everything from Internet access for rural areas such as Cascadia to mental health issues for veterans everywhere. She is developing plans to address these critical issues.

Renee is running against 10-year Republican incumbent Sherrie Sprenger. I hope Rep. Sprenger will agree to a debate or participation in a candidates’ forum with Renee.

For more about Renee, see http://www.renee4OR17.org or e-mail her at renee.for.OR17@gmail.com.

Also, I wholeheartedly support Stephanie Newton for Linn County Commissioner. Now is the time for real, effective leadership in Linn County.

In her fight for transparency for the Commission, she’s started live streaming every commissioner meeting and as of July 23, the Commission has complied with her request to post minutes and agendas for the commissioner meetings online, which is a real victory for government accountability.

More importantly, Stephanie will not back down when faced with a challenge. She feels strongly that everyone should have access to healthcare, and is a champion for business development in Linn County.

Stephanie’s daughter was born premature so Stephanie has developed a deep sense of hope and optimism for others and would be a welcome change to our Board of Commissioners. Please reach out to her on her website at stephnewton.com or on Facebook at Stephanie Newton for Linn County.

I’m appalled at how our governor’s race has been flooded with money to pay for false and misleading ads on TV that are sometimes endorsed by Knute Buehler but mostly just being aired in support of his candidacy from outside groups who won’t disclose who they are. I think we might know the depths of despair from which they originate.

Well, it sure is hard to distinguish if the ads are meant to tear down Kate Brown or support her opponent. Mostly the former, I suspect.

That brings me to HB4113 which was about school districts negotiating for class size; this was passed in February of 2018 primarily with Democratic votes. Knute Buehler was representing HD54 in Salem and voted against this as did a total of 21 Republicans. Kate has her priorities straight. She led the effort to save healthcare for 430,000 Oregonians from federal cuts, she’s increased high school graduation rates and invests in career & technical education.

Let’s not risk importing Washington D.C.’s cesspool into our pristine location in the Northwest. Vote for someone who will move Oregon forward, not back.

I came to this country in the 1960’s from Norway and became a U.S. citizen in the 1970’s because my family values were also U.S. values.

On Nov. 6 we have an opportunity to re-elect Judge Fay Stetz-Waters to the Linn County District Court, who epitomizes my good family values of compassion, discipline, hard work and a broad knowledge of the law through the lens of an even temperament.

One of my supervisors in my career as a Human Services clerk was a retired Marine Corps. General that made me want to do a better job representing his dept. to the public. This is what a true leader will do. It’s an innate quality, nurtured through years of experience as a lawyer, law clerk, parole board officer, graduate of Lewis & Clark and hearing cases on a regular basis as the current judge for Linn County all with the intent of keeping families safe.

I urge every one of my neighbors to vote for a truly disciplined leader who will uphold our laws in a fair manner in the Linn County judicial system.

Wendy Nilsen

Lebanon

Rep. Sprenger 'incredible and dedicated'

Editor:

I would like to share with your readers, especially those in House District 17, what an incredible and dedicated state representative we have in Representative Sherrie Sprenger. For 10 years Sherrie has served citizens in our district, which includes a large area representing nearly 60,000 people in Linn and Marion Counties, including the communities of Detroit, Gates, Idanha, Lebanon, Lyons, Mill City, Scio, Stayton, Sublimity, Sweet Home and Waterloo.

Sherrie has worked tirelessly for a decade to get to know her constituents all over the area she represents. She takes the time to listen. She gets involved, on the ground, in the schools, with local businesses. She cares. She’s non-partisan, practical, reliable and diligent.

I’ve heard many stories of residents, teachers, business owners who call on Sherrie and find her responsive, a good listener and helpful. I appreciate that Sherrie is a true supporter of the local businesses in her district. She is a member of the local Chambers of Commerce, she stays in touch with business owners and she shops locally.

I am proud to call Sherrie my representative and am backing her again this election.

Nicole F. Miller

Sublimity

Writer encourages Republican vote

Editor:

I encourage everyone to get out and vote Republican: Knute Buehler for governor, Art Robinson for Congressional District 4, John Lindsey for Linn County Commissioner, Sherrie Sprenger for state House District 17, and Michael Wynhausen and Rachel Kittson-MaQatish for Circuit Court Judge.

On the ballot measures, vote no on Measure 102, and yes on Measures 103, 104, 105, 106 and 22-174.

Kristi Miner

Lebanon

Judge has to be neutral

Editor:

As a concerned resident of Linn County, I’m following the judicial race between Linn County Circuit Court Judge, Fay Stetz-Waters and her opponent, Assistant DA Michael Wynhausen.

Wynhausen claims he can sense career criminals from someone having a bad day. But the courtroom is not a game show and the judge is not the jury.

A judge’s job is to be a neutral arbiter, guiding legal processes to insure justice. Wynhausen suggests his judgement is all that is needed. Molded by his prosecutorial history, Wynhausen views the Court through a narrow, slanted lens, especially troubling if you believe in the presumption of innocence.

We need Judge Stetz-Waters. She has broad-based legal experience, having worked in criminal, administrative, and family law, and as a sitting judge right here in Linn County. Her dedication to justice and her insistence on precise legal process is absolutely crucial on the bench.

Judge Stetz-Waters served her nation as a U.S. Marine. The bottom line for a judgeship is character. The question is, whom do you believe possesses the integrity, the temperament and the wisdom to sit on the Linn County Circuit Court bench? The choice is crystal clear. There is only one qualified candidate.

John Hartman

Albany

Judge Stetz-Waters has proved herself

Editor:

I recently retired from the position of Court Operations Supervisor.

During my 35 years with the Linn County Circuit Court I’ve worked closely with many attorneys and judges including Mr. Wynhausen and Judge Stetz-Waters.

Mr. Wynhausen’s experience has been limited to prosecuting criminal cases.

Judge Stetz-Waters came to the court with a broad range of experience in many areas of the law, including as a lawyer in private practice, a parole board hearings officer and an administrative law judge.

As Circuit Court Judge, she deals daily in every aspect of the law including civil, family law and criminal cases. She hears everything from small claims and traffic hearings to felony criminal, civil and divorce trials and everything in between. She has been endorsed by judges who have served in this position and know the qualifications needed.

She also won the support and confidence of attorneys practicing in Linn County when she won the Bar Preference Poll conducted by the Oregon State Bar.

I know Judge Stetz-Waters to be intelligent, fair and very hard working. She is the candidate with the broad experience and temperament needed for this position.

Evelyn Raymond

Albany

Judge Stetz-Waters well-suited to position

Editor:

Judge Fay Stetz-Waters will soon complete her first year as Linn County Circuit Judge, Position 1.

She has done an outstanding job in that time, bringing her calm demeanor, as well as sense of fairness and firmness, to the bench. Add to that a strong work ethic – she arrives early each morning at the courthouse and stays late.

Judge Stetz-Waters also has a broad range of legal and life experience that make her well-suited for the position of circuit judge.

A 2005 graduate of the Lewis and Clark Law School, she has worked as an administrative law judge, hearings officer for the State Board of Parole and Post-Prison Supervision and an attorney for Legal Aid Services of Oregon

She also proudly served her country for four years, enlisting in the Marines when she was 17.

Graham Kislingbury

Albany

Judge has support, dedication

Editor:

I am writing in support of Judge Fay Stetz-Waters for Linn County Circuit Court. I have absolutely no doubt that she has Linn County's residents' best interest at heart. As a local elementary teacher, I support her wholeheartedly.

Judge Fay Stetz-Waters is hard working and fair. She is a person of great moral character who has worked hard in her professional career to prove it. Her credentials prove her dedication to her position. She has the legal community's support. She was chosen by two committees of local lawyers and judges before being recommended to the governor.

I am very disappointed by some of the comments her opponent has made about Judge Fay Stetz-Waters. Knowing he is willing to misrepresent her is frightening. That he would be motivated to do that just to try to win is frightening. Many should be concerned about the lengths he will go to to get people on his side.

Vote to retain Judge Fay Stetz-Waters for the good of the community. She will continue to do a job well!

Leanna Bennett

Judge has multi-faceted experience

Editor:

I have taken an added interest in our local judicial races because of the importance of retaining Judge Fay Stetz-Waters as a Linn County Circuit Court Judge.

Judge Stetz-Waters' diverse work experience includes poverty law, administrative judging, and working on the Parole Boar-d. This experience gives her the ability to understand the law and the people she serves. Her career is proof that she is not afraid of the work it takes to be a judge. She will continue to be impartial in the courtroom with the professionals who go before her. Judge Stetz-Waters brings hard work and dedication to the Linn County Bench. She understands the struggles families face during difficult times. She addresses their cases with compassion and respect.

As a Marine Corps veteran, Judge Stetz-Waters realizes all must face consequences for their criminal actions, but also realizes not all actions require jail time. Judge Stetz-Waters will continue to judge each person on the facts and the merits and when appropriate, order treatment or community service instead of jail time. This not only saves the Linn County voters dollars, but creates a healthier community.

One should also be impressed by her win in the Bar Preference Poll! This means local lawyers also want her to be their judge as they understand the work that needs to be done! These issues are important to me because I am a business professional, life-long Alb¬any resident, mother, and grandmother.

I encourage you to vote to retain Judge Fay Stetz-Waters. She’s good for you and good for Linn County!

Heidi Strickland

Albany

 
 

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