Seeking votes in the May 15 primary election, six county commissioner candidates will argue their cases at two City Club Town Halls set for April. The eventual victor will inherit a confluence of county problems now coming to a head.
Affordable housing and livability issues have been chief among voter concerns. Others include multiple assessments of the county’s criminal justice infrastructure, which call for sizeable investments, and continuing struggles to serve the needs of people who are homeless. Add to this: planning for future economic vibrancy, growing transportation needs, emergency preparedness, and inadequate mental health services accessibility.
This election is especially intriguing as no Republican filed by the county deadline, so whichever Democrat gets the May nod will be the likely victor come November. All six candidates will participate at these two City Club Town Halls: Mark Page, Vincent Adams, Nancy V. Wyse, Pat Malone, Joel Hirsch and Christine Kramer.
Town Halls will be held
- Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 6:30 pm at Old World Deli
- Tuesday, April 10, 2018, 12 noon to 1:15 at the Boys & Girls Club gym in Corvallis
Both Town Halls are free to the public, with generous audience Q&A time. The noon meeting at the Boys & Girls Club offers a catered lunch ($10 for members, $15 for nonmembers) that can be pre-purchased. The menu for lunch:
Enchiladas — Layers of chicken and vegetarian enchiladas topped with zesty sauce and cheese. Also includes tortilla chips, salsa, and sour cream, mixed greens with dressings and cookies and bars.