Charter Volunteers Needed
After years of cities being bound by a
charter created to keep citizens from the
process, a new draft charter is being
designed to provide accountability and
return responsibility back to the elected.
League of Oregon Citizens
Citizen Based Media and Accountability
This mission is to have a collaborative resource for citizen
advocates, whether by need or desire, to get information from and
to each other to promote sunlight into local government business.
Want an easy way to be part of
We are looking for folks who are willing
to send documents for uploading.
The Citizen's Agenda
Cities and Counties call us the naysayers.
What are citizens really interested in
getting from the process?
Some Candidates Answer Questions from Voters
I spent about a month receiving questions from local residents they wanted
answered by the people running for Yamhill County office. I sent the
questions to candidates for sheriff and commissioner seats. The email was
sent to the address they put on their filing form and they were given a week
to reply. Some didn't even bother to respond.
While I don't think a candidate's politics register in my thought process for
voting, what stands out is their willingness to interact with the people they
I am not here to tell you who to vote for. That is not the job of media. I am
here to get you information you ask for.
While the answers are great to have, I feel they are less relevant than the
fact that the candidates actually responded. One irony being that I will now be
voting for a candidate that I wasn't even planning on supporting before.
This is the results of the involvement test (listed in order of completed
contact). A link to each of their responses is at the bottom:
Sal Peralta contacted me to meet in person before the questions ever went
out. While he didn't answer the email questions specifically, he was very
open about where he stands on the issues and what he believes his
responsibility is. Given that he made the effort to meet with hundreds of
citizens to get on the ballot via petition, versus just plunking down $50.00, he
seems to be a viable candidate.
Mary Starrett provided her responses the same day the questions went out.
Tim Svenson acknowledged the email the same day. The questions were
considered and the reply sent a few days later.
Debra Bridges: In the correspondence with the answers, she added that
she would be available to meet with anyone, if they are interested. She can
The balance of the other candidates were a no show. Think about that. If they
aren't willing to respond to citizens while trying to get elected, you have to
wonder what it will be like to get a response if you actually put them in office.
Don't we have enough politicians ignoring the requests of the citizenry?