Jobs. The local economy. Our kids and their future.

These are just some of the issues at stake in the May 16 Clatsop County election. That’s when voters get to elect the policy-makers for the Port of Astoria, Clatsop Community College, local school boards and the Clatsop Care Health District.

I’m supporting Frank Spence to be commissioner of the Port of Astoria. The port benefits the entire county and is partly supported by county taxpayers. The port deals with all kinds of challenges, including pollution from upriver, safety requirements, industry demands, increased automation, and federal rules regarding oversight, safety and trade.

Frank has served on the Port’s budget committee for two years and knows what it takes to keep the Port running effectively and within budget. His career as a city manager and county administrator has provided him with the skills, experience and integrity to keep our Port running well and wisely.

I’m especially glad Frank is running because it’s more important than ever to have commissioners looking out for the welfare of the entire county. Frank doesn’t create dramatic headlines. Instead, he wants to do the right thing — and make the best decisions for all of us.

I’m voting for Frank Spence and hope you will, too. Ballots are due by 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 16. Postmarks don’t count.

Laurie Caplan

Astoria

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