I have known Lianne Thompson for several years, and supported her election as commissioner in District 5. She has not disappointed me in her commitment to the needs of Clatsop County. Her work has been steadfast and exemplary. Rarely has there been a county commissioner more dedicated to service for the well-being of all in Clatsop County and beyond.
She has done hours of volunteer work, attended meetings, and has been receptive to the ideas from the communities she serves. Lianne studies issues from all angles, and is not beholden to any specific interest group. That she attends meetings and training outside of Clatsop County for knowledge and other perspectives is a plus.
The number of assignments she has accepted, and her attention to them, is remarkable. In reading the numerous letters written in her support, obviously she has made an impact in helping constituents in the county as a whole, which has been noted not only by state Rep. Deborah Boone, but by commissioners from other counties, and from those holding, or have held, significant positions in Clatsop County.
District 5 is large and diverse. The issues affecting coastal areas can be very different from those in rural areas. Commissioner Thompson works diligently to help find solutions to everyone’s needs: family wage jobs; affordable housing; environmental impacts affecting regional liveilhoods; and preparedness to deal with catastrophes and recovery.
Much coverage, and I assume county expenditure, has been devoted to a situation that occurred after a Red Cross meeting earlier this year. What seems to have had little coverage is what perpetrated it. Why would the county manager schedule a meeting, knowing that Commissioner Thompson could not attend, when the chief agenda item was one under her purview? At the very least, this seems disrespectful.
In the future, I would hope that the commission would find ways to address the challenges facing Clatsop County with more cooperation, and less castigation. There is, indeed, value in listening to other perspectives on issues. No one has all the answers.
I will, indeed, support Lianne Thompson for another term representing District 5.