April 27, 2022

Supply, Demand, Housing and Roads

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I was lucky enough to learn all about the lessons of supply and demand at a very early age. My family had an entrepreneurial spirit and owned multiple businesses. Growing up, my dad would always talk about business at the dining room table. Supply and demand was one of the concepts that came up most frequently. All these years later,…

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April 20, 2022

Actions, Reactions, Cause and Affect

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When it comes to public policy, it’s important to remember that the decisions made by elected officials have real life consequences for the people they represent. This is something I intend to keep in mind as I campaign for Clackamas County Commissioner. Ample examples of poor public policy choices can be found not too far from most parts of Clackamas…

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April 13, 2022

A New Approach to Planning

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Compared to the other 49 states, Oregon has a very planning-heavy government culture. That is to say, for the last several decades, the state has been fixated on planning for the future. The net result of all that planning has been severe restrictions on the growth of everything except government, its personnel and related expenditures. It doesn’t mean that people…

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April 6, 2022

The Virtues of Self-Sufficiency and Community Resiliency

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We’ve seen all kinds of sensationalized headlines the past few years, as well as what we can see with our very own eyes. Supply chains have been disrupted, affecting businesses and consumers alike. The prices of fuel and household goods have been skyrocketing. People are panicking in the face of rising inflation and increasingly empty store shelves. But what can…

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March 30, 2022

Actions, Reactions, Cause and Affect

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When it comes to public policy, it’s important to remember that the decisions made by elected officials have real life consequences for the people they represent. This is something I intend to keep in mind as I campaign for Clackamas County Commissioner. Ample examples of poor public policy choices can be found not too far from most parts of Clackamas…

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March 23, 2022

The Company We Keep

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Every election cycle, candidates align themselves with groups and organizations that they feel can help get them elected. In return, those candidates help those groups advance their agendas once they’re in office. You can tell a lot about a candidate by the kinds of groups that they associate with and seek support from. If those groups are supporting someone, the…

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March 9, 2022

Beyond the Breaking Point

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As Oregon’s largest city, Portland has long since developed a reputation for being a little bit unusual. “Keep Portland Weird” became a popular slogan aimed at inviting artists, musicians and other like-minded people from all over to experience life in the city. But things started changing over time. What began as a light-hearted attitude that began the popular show “Portlandia”…

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March 2, 2022

The Principles of Good Customer Service

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Throughout my life, I’ve been able to help run family businesses in a variety of sectors and in multiple states. They’ve ranged from a sheet metal fabrication shop to land development, viticulture and ranching operations. The one thing these businesses all had in common was that they had either clients or customers. They all had people who were relying on…

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February 16, 2022

Taking Care of Business

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I was lucky to have grown up locally in a family that was industrious in nature. As a child, I would hear my father talking about business as we gathered around the dinner table. Those discussions proved valuable to me later on in life, as I began to take over running our various ventures. That entrepreneurial perspective is part of…

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February 16, 2022

How to Help with Housing

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It’s no secret that housing has become a hot topic all throughout Oregon. So what got us into this situation? Some people would be quick to blame “greedy developers.” But the fact of the matter is, no housing unit, anywhere, will ever cost less than the land under it. And the vast majority of the land in Oregon is undeveloped.…

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