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Letters, Oct. 18

Joe Davis for judge

I have known Joe Davis for over 35 years. Joe will be a fantastic Jackson County Circuit Court judge.

Joe is tough, interested, thoughtful and smart. Joe’s upbringing in Jackson County, including his public K-12 education, his community involvement and his local law career spanning the past two decades, give him unique perspective to understand the issues in our community.

From an early age, Joe proved to be exceptionally intelligent. His law career has spanned criminal, civil and family law — an important distinction. His work in the private sector in corporate law, as well as in his private law firm focused on family law, give him invaluable experience to apply to the bench. Joe Davis is a committed father and husband and he loves the Rogue Valley. A vote for Joe is the right vote for the future Jackson County.

Rick Hutchins


Walden has my vote

I am a veteran, both of our sons are veterans, and so are my brother and sister-in-law. Veteran issues are a priority for me.

So many people talk about helping veterans, but our Rep. Greg Walden actually gets the job done. He has passed legislation to reduce wait times for care at the VA and to give Blue Water Vietnam Veterans access to the care their counterparts have received, and has worked to prevent veteran suicide.

Over the years I have attended numerous forums in our district presented by Representative Walden, and veteran issues have always been a priority. Greg Walden has my vote in November.

John D. Chmelir


Re-elect Rick Dyer

I have known Rick Dyer for 40 years.

I have yet to meet anyone with more integrity, knowledge of local and state issues and a pragmatic view on problem solving than Commissioner Dyer. He is a consensus builder and is a great mediating source for bringing opposing sides together for a successful conclusion to a problem.

Rick was raised in the Rogue Valley, went to high school and college here and has operated many successful businesses here. He has unique experience in both the private and public sectors. Rick has done an outstanding job for the last four years as Jackson County commissioner and will continue to do so for the next four years.

Please join me in voting for Rick Dyer for Jackson County commissioner! Jackson County will continue to successfully grow with Commissioner Dyer’s leadership.

Bill Powell


Supporting Rick Landt

I am voting to keep Rick Landt on the Ashland Parks Commission and I hope that you will join me!

Rick has been a working member of the parks commission for eight years and works tirelessly at the job.

Ashland has a lot of park land, and Rick knows all of the parks well. As a landscape contractor, he is knowledgeable about the park plants, trees, irrigation systems and creeks and will work to keep the parks of Ashland healthy. He is committed to the job and the environmental concerns of the city and of the parks. He does his homework.

I have known Rick for many years and know that he is honest, conscientious, good at long-term planning and budget matters.

Rick Landt is doing a good job as an Ashland parks commissioner. Please help me re-elect him!

Betty Jo Reynolds


Graham has experience

Our Ashland City Council needs energetic and experienced problem-solvers like Tonya Graham. I spent six years working under her skilled leadership at the Geos Institute and can testify to her untiring work ethic and common-sense approaches to challenging projects. She is an expert in financial oversight, public outreach and planning.

Tonya has working relationships with people all over town and currently serves on Ashland’s Wildfire Mitigation Commission and the School District Bond Committee. She has been instrumental in launching and implementing Ashland’s Climate and Energy Action Plan.

At age 10, Tonya’s father (a justice of the peace) introduced her to the concept of civic responsibility, and she has been working for the public good ever since.

Julie Norman


Vote for Tonya Graham

I am excited to vote for Tonya Graham for the Ashland City Council.

I have long admired Tonya’s ability to bring together ideas and resources to solve problems. She is a skilled listener and an expert collaborator. She has demonstrated these skills through her work on Ashland’s Wildfire Mitigation Commission and her volunteer work for the Ashland School District.

As the executive director of the Geos Institute, she works with communities to develop strategies and meet challenges. Tonya will face the challenges of our community, work collaboratively with other council members and the mayor, consider all sides of issues and draw on the social capital of our community. She will provide sensible and considered leadership while solving problems with positive outcomes.

Tim Brandy


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