Tina Kotek

Tina Kotek participated in a Democratic primary debate with Tobias Read in March. Our columnist believes Gov.-elect Kotek should reach out to counties as partners.

Gov.-elect Tina Kotek should consider Oregon’s county commissioners as her partners in government, not mere stakeholders.

They made that clear when I spoke Thursday at the Association of Oregon Counties annual conference in Eugene. It’s a point they’ve made before, one that Gov. Kate Brown didn’t quite embrace.

Dick Hughes has been covering the Oregon political scene since 1976.