Pamplin Media Group – Savas to face Forde in Clackamas County Commission race


The incumbent is running for a fourth term on the county commission, while the chairman of the local school board, Libra Forde, has announced a challenge.

Paul Savas is seeking re-election to Post 2 of the Clackamas County Commission, a seat he has held for over a decade.

The three-term holder said he plans to launch if he is re-elected to serve on the non-partisan board until 2026, continuing to promote affordable housing and employment as well as equity for children. underserved populations in the county amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am truly honored and humbled to serve the citizens of this county,” Savas told Pamplin Media Group. “With that comes a huge responsibility and I take it seriously. I am committed to protecting the quality of life in this county and helping underserved people succeed.”

Voters in the upcoming May 17 primary election can expect her name to appear on the ballot alongside North Clackamas School Board Chairperson Libra Forde, who declared her candidacy for the non-partisan position in October. . Savas remains the only candidate to have officially submitted his file on November 3.

Elected in 2010 after toppling Bob Austin, Savas defeated Karen Bowerman, then a councilor for Lake Oswego, to be re-elected in 2014. He was re-elected in 2018, winning 60% of the vote against challengers Peter Winter of Oak Grove and Louise Lopes de Mulino. He also made losing offers for the chairmanship of the county board in 2012 and 2016.

Savas said housing had been a priority for him throughout his tenure on the board, but amid rising housing costs, delays in rent assistance and uncertainties surrounding the future of the Federal moratorium on evictions, he said that was “more of my attention than ever before.”

“The housing issue is a top priority for me in many ways,” Savas said in an email to Pamplin Media Group. “From displacement prevention to provision, shelter and supportive housing while promoting equitable outcomes for marginalized and disenfranchised populations. ”

While it is not easy to implement the current county housing plan as quickly as the crisis demands, Savas added that the problem is “at the center of all concerns” at the county level and that they are determined to step up efforts “as aggressively as possible”. . ”

Savas also pledged to continue promoting workforce advocacy and economic redevelopment as the county continues to grapple with the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Savas said he was in the early stages of developing his re-election campaign after applying for the job in September and that he would update his campaign website to reflect his additional goals for a possible future term.

Unincorporated resident of Clackamas County, Savas has owned an auto repair business, Savas Tuning, for over 25 years.

When elected to county council, Savas served on Oak Lodge’s water and sanitation boards – they were combined by popular vote in 2016 – and he continues to serve on several local committees, including the committee. Clackamas County Coordinator as Co-Chair, the North Clackamas Parks and Recreation District Advisory Board and more.

Savas said he viewed his role on the board over the years as a “thoughtful and moderate voice” to help the board find “reasonable solutions” amid a “growing partisan divide” .

“I think we all thrive when we can work together selflessly,” said Savas. “I just want us all to be successful and I hope we can put partisan politics aside and do all the good work we need to do.”

Savas said he was proud of how the county leadership has been able to remain nimble in dealing with a number of big issues that have only increased over the past year and a half.

“At the end of the day, we’re still in business and I think that’s a sign that we have resilience,” Savas said. “We will come together in a crisis and put partisanship aside, and that kind of teamwork, in a crisis, shows who we are and how we are committed to meeting the needs of the county.”COURTESY PHOTO: CLACKCO - Clackamas County Commissioner Paul Savas reviews information for upcoming political sessions in his Oregon City office.

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