I am writing this letter to endorse the candidacy of Peter Huhtala for Clatsop County Commission. Not only is he the most qualified of candidates, I cannot think of anyone who has so tirelessly and selflessly toiled in the interest of the lower Columbia region.

Given the two recalls of county commissioners, the two rejections by Land Use Board of Appeals of decisions made by the commission, and given the public sentiment regarding government at this time, we need his balanced and reflective intelligence.

I have had the pleasure on numerous occasions to speak with Huhtala about the legal and political environment affecting the public interest. He is smart and well informed. He brings humility and civility to potentially divisive issues. He is a gentleman. We are so fortunate to have him. He deserves our trust, he deserves to lead, he deserves our votes.

It is time for a change. It is time to stand up for integrity, honesty, and good government. It is time to put someone in the county commission with an excellent grasp of the issues facing our region.

Peter Huhtala is not just a man for his time, he is also a man for this place we love: the Columbia River, our home.

I urge my follow citizens in the strongest of terms to vote for Peter Huhtala.

JOHN F. ORRAstoria

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