Why you should vote in the upcoming election

The “dirty little secret” politicians hope you won’t learn –
and how you can become a better informed voter

By David F. Ashton

Do you know why some neighborhoods and business districts seem to get all the “goodies” while others suffer with so little?

One reason is that some areas vote; others don’t. It’s just that simple.

The city is divided up into “precincts”. Elected officials and bureau staff members can easily check to see in which precincts citizens register – and actually vote. Word is, they don’t much care whom voters elect nor for what they vote in or out.

Think your vote doesn’t count?

In outer East Portland, there are huge pockets of non-voters. Did you know that if everyone (who was qualified) to vote here did so – we could elect anyone to office, or pass or defeat any measure?

Please – register now. Vote in the May Primary Election.

Meet the candidates

The East Portland Neighborhoods, Central Northeast Neighbors, Avenue of Roses Business Association and East Portland Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring tow Candidate Fairs in early May for East Portland residents and business people. Come meet, and question, candidates for City of Portland, Multnomah County and Metro positions.

These Candidate Fairs are scheduled the week voters’ ballots will be mailed. Come meet the people you will be selecting for government roles that will impact you and those around you in East Portland.

Monday, May 1, 2006 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Parkrose High School Student Center

12003 NE Shaver St. (west of NE 122nd Ave. @ Shaver St.)

Featuring Multnomah County and METRO Candidates

Thursday, May 4, 2006 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Fir Ridge High School Student Center

11215 SE Market St. (Corner of SE 112th Ave. @ Market St.)

Featuring Portland City Council Candidates, Positions 2 and 3

Questions from those attending will be added to questions from the event sponsors. Campaign information tables will be part of each event, as well as neighborhood association service information. Please use this opportunity to find out more abut these candidates before you send in your ballots. Thanks to Bonny McKnight and Aaron Minoo for coordinating these events.

Lents candidate “Open Mic”

Candidates for both seats on Portland’s City Council will get chance earn SE Portland votes at the Lents Candidate Forum to be held April 25th at the Kelly School Auditorium located at 9030 SE Cooper.

Each candidate will get the chance to share their own unique perspective and recommendation on such hot-button issues as education funding, local economies, and housing strategies.  In addition, candidates will be dedicated equal time at the podium to recap why they are running and why you should vote for them.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with introductions at 7:15 p.m. There should be time for some post-forum mingling as well.  This event is brought to you by the Lents Neighborhood Association and the Kelly SUN Community School.  If you have particular questions you wish to be addressed at the forum, please e-mail them to deweyakers@comcast.net.  Otherwise, for more info, call 503-869-6398.  Voter registration cards will be available at the door.

2006 David F. Ashton ~ East PDX News

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