RVCP Election Picks

voteHello fellow voters…

It is time again for the Rogue Valley Community Press election picks. These are our choices for our local, regional and statewide races.  These recommendations are strictly those of the editor and publisher of Rogue Valley Community Press.

Measure 86 – YES
This measure will create a fund that helps Oregonians pursuing post-secondary education.

Measure 87 – YES
This measure will permit state judges to be employed by the National Guard and state public universities as teachers, and allow school employees to serve in the state legislature. Although it may be a challenge as state judges are called away for military duty, we cannot find a strong reason to oppose this.

Measure 88 – YES
This measure provides Oregon resident “driver card” without requiring proof of legal presence in the United States.  We give this a strong yes.  This is legislation that was already approved by the Oregon congress and signed by the Governor, only to come back to voters through the initiative process.  This will give Oregon residents more freedom and opportunities.  It will protect our communities from unregistered and uninsured drivers.

Measure 89 – YES
The measure, if approved, will guarantee that “equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the State of Oregon or by any political subdivision in this state on account of sex.” Some believe that this is a struggle that is best fought at the federal level, we believe that even if it is a symbolic measure it is important to support.

Measure 90  – NO
The “Top Two Primary” measure, this measure changes the general election nomination processes: provides for single primary ballot listing candidates where the top two advance.  This is considered by most to be a threat to minor parties As reported by Health Democracy, the measure has several drafting errors. The most significant appears to eliminate minor parties. Because Measure 90 bars parties from nominating candidates, their legal status may be in jeopardy.

Measure 91  – YES
This measure will finally allow possession, manufacture, sale of marijuana, subject to state regulation. This will decriminalize marijuana and provide a new channel for revenue to the state. As we can see in Colorado, in August, customers bought more than $33 million in recreational cannabis.

Measure 92 – YES
Requires food manufacturers, retailers to label “genetically engineered” foods. We think the evidence is clear that Oregonians are best served by having this information.

US Senator – Jeff Merkley

US Rep 2nd District – Aelea Christofferson

Governor – John Kitzhaber

3rd District – Alan Bates

5th District – Peter Buckley

Judge of the Circuit Court 1st District, Position 2 – Adam Peterson

Jackson County Commissioner Position 1 – Tonia Moro

Jackson County Commissioner Position 3 – Kevin Talbert

Jackson County Sheriff – Corey Falls
You can check our earlier editorial, We need a new sheriff in town .

City of Ashland Position 4 – Stefani Seffinger
We think Stefani would make the best candidate for the city council. Her record and experience demonstrates she can work well. City council is not the right forum for Biome’s agenda.

City of Ashland Council Position 6 – Pam Marsh
There is no question that Pam is doing an excellent job representing Ashland. We strongly recommend her for another term.

RVTD 15-128 Levy for operation and services – YES
The proposed levy would cost property owners about $20 annually, and would ensure that evening and weekend routes continue, as well as add much needed service in East Medford and White City.

Let us know what you think.  We are also looking for feedback on the Medford, Talent, Phoenix and other local races.