Thank you to the Cannon Beach Gazette for reporting and editorializing on matters of concern to the public. Your attention helps involve and educate all of us, and it’s an essential part of our representative democratic process and of a robust community.

One of our greatest challenges is the lack of affordable and available housing. I’ve been advocating and working to address housing issues for years as a community activist, as a Clatsop County planning commissioner, and now a county commissioner.

Currently, I work with state and local housing agency people. I also sit on the board of the regional Community Action Team, which addresses housing needs and solutions in Clatsop, Columbia, and Tillamook counties.

I also co-chair the Association of Oregon Counties’ housing subcommittee, which works on defining needs and developing solutions for housing shortages all over Oregon. This is a problem all over the state, and we need good teamwork with partners all over the county, the region, and the state to solve it.

I’m passionately devoted to the well-being of people here, beginning with housing needs. As a community, we can and must work together and use the best in all of us to create conditions that result in meeting our housing needs.

Lianne Thompson

Commissioner, Clatsop County, District 5

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