I live in Newport, am serving my fourth term as a Lincoln County commissioner, and will soon conclude a 12-month term as president of the Association of Oregon Counties.
I’m sorry to learn that Clatsop County Commissioner Lianne Thompson has come under attack for her participation in AOC activities in Salem (“Lee calls for Thompson’s resignation,” The Daily Astorian, Oct. 26). I can’t think of a better way to serve the public who elected her.
Many of our colleagues around the state have a saying: “If you’re not on the table, you’re probably on the menu.” The decisions made in Salem affect the funding and policies on all kinds of essential services — from roads to elections to property taxation and critical public health programs. Clatsop County has good legislators in Salem, but it needs other voices to help make sure its interests are heard in every office, and every committee, in the Legislature.
Commissioner Thompson has been an advocate on many important coastal issues, including sustainable forestry, affordable housing and disaster preparedness.
Counties can secure the best results for their people when they work together and speak with a united voice. I hope Commissioner Thompson will continue to lift that voice for the people of the North Coast.