Dear Friends and Neighbors,

If you have not already heard the news, I have filed for Columbia County Commissioner, Position 1.

As a third generation Clatskanie resident, I have deep roots in Columbia County and a passion to see our county meet the growing needs of our citizens: needs that include roads, water, jobs, and livability.  As a lifelong farmer I have a strong connection to the land.  My service as coordinator of the Lower Columbia River Watershed Council since 1996 has strengthened this connection and allowed me to implement watershed restoration projects that support both environmental and economic interests of our area.  I have firsthand knowledge running a small business.  In addition to managing my farm I also own and manage Oregon Shepherd LLC, an environmentally-friendly wool insulation manufacturer based in Rainier.

Public service has always been a part of my life.  My family has a