The Mail Tribune's recommendations for the Nov. 5 general election
Ballots for the Nov. 5 election were mailed Friday. Here are the Mail Tribune editorial board's recommendations for the election:
Ted Kulongoski. We trust him to lead the state. We'd like to trust Kevin Mannix, but we're not sure who he is.
Bill Bradbury. Incumbent Gordon Smith is too closely attached to the Bush administration line for our taste, and he's run a nasty, negative campaign to boot.
Greg Walden. we don't always see eye to eye, but he's more flexible than his opponents give him credit for.
State Senator, 3rd District:
Lenn Hannon. He's independent and fearless, and giving up his decades of experience at this crucial time would be a mistake.
State Representative, 4th District:
Shayne Maxwell. She proved her abilities by organizing the telephone rate campaign, and she's conservative enough to represent her rural district well.
State Representative, 6th District:
Rob Patridge. A smart, moderate Republican, he has climbed the leadership ladder and is well positioned to help reach consensus on the tough issues.
State Representative, 55th District:
George Gilman. He's served in Salem before, and he lives on our side of the sprawling new district that straddles the Cascades.
Jackson County Commissioner, Position 1:
Jack Walker. We often disagree with him, but he has a good grasp of how government works and represents a large segment of the county's voters.
Jackson County Commissioner, Position 3:
Dave Gilmour. Incumbent Ric Holt has been singing the same song for years without much to show for it. Gilmour is sharp, energetic and committed.
Circuit Court Judge, Position 1:
Lorenzo Mejia. We see no reason to replace a new judge who has the support of the governor who appointed him as well as his colleagues on the bench and in the legal community.
Circuit Court Judge, Position 8:
Bill Purdy. His experience and his demeanor will make him an excellent judge.
Jackson County Sheriff
: Ed Mayer. Despite unhappiness in the ranks of the department, Mayer has far more experience and a better grasp of the realities than his opponent, and will makea better sheriff.
Yes. Long-forgotten racist language should be removed from the state Constitution.
Yes. If 18-year-olds can vote, they should be able to run. And we're not afraid the Legislature will be overrun with teenagers.
Measures 21 and 22:
No. Written by people who don't like Oregon's legal system, these measures would make that system worse, not better.
No. Our health care system is a mess, but this cure would be worse than the disease.
Yes. It makes sense to let denturists provide partial as well as full dentures directly to patients.
Yes. Oregon's minimum-wage workers haven't had a raise in four years, and this measure would link the minimum wage to inflation so they can keep up in the future.
Yes. Returns some accountability to Oregon's initiative system by removing the payment-per-signature incentive to commit fraud.
No. It might make sense to label genetically engineered foods if some potential harm had been proven, but even then, such a requirement should be nationwide, not confined to a single state.
Yes. Rogue Community College's Medford campus has now passed the Grants Pass campus in enrollment. A real campus downtown is good for students and the community.
Yes. Medford's two middle schools are too big, and will get even bigger with the addition of sixth-graders. The skill center concept has been successful elsewhere and can be here, too.
Yes. It's more expensive than other local tax measures, but it will give Jacksonville's fire department a permanent income source with only a five-year tax.
Yes. Phoenix needs to maintain police and fire protection, and this would do so for a net cost of just 48 cents per &
36;1,000 of assessed value.
Yes. Talent's parks are in need of some TLC, and this would provide it at a very modest cost.
Yes. The Shady Cove-Trail fire district needs to improve its fire station facilities to comply with federal laws and regulations.
Yes. Shady Cove police cannot maintain existing police protection without this measure.