Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Oregon: Clackamas County Commissioner facing petition drive led by defeated opponent

Clackamas County Commissioner Jim Bernard is facing recall petitions, filed by a former Oregon City commissioner who lost to Bernard in 2010. Petitioners will need 23,444 valid signatures by Nov 5 (recall wouldn't be held till December).

The paper notes that this is part of an ongoing fight by conservatives against the liberal-leaning county commission and its policies.

Here's the basis of the filing:
Former Oregon City commissioner Dan Holladay, who failed to advance past the May primary for a seat on the county board, accuses Bernard of a conflict of interest over the Portland-Milwaukie light rail extension, which will travel past Bernard’s downtown Milwaukie business. Holladay also accuses Bernard of using his position to benefit his wife, Danielle Cowan, the county’s tourism director. 
Holladay successfully led the May 2011 referendum that killed the county's $5 annual vehicle registration fee intended to help replace Multnomah County's Sellwood Bridge.

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