Sue Gold led the 2018 lawsuit against Commissioner Boice. Why? The case was dismissed in the State Circuit Court. The Judge stated the lawsuit was defamatory, punitive, political, and unnecessary. This does not line up with her claim of integrity, accountability and responsibility.
When I was a State Representative here in Oregon, we developed working relationships of trust. It was not easy. We had an obligation to our constituents to work together. We recognized that filing lawsuits against each other was not a way to promote working relationship.
I contacted State Representative David Brock Smith (District 1) to see if Sue Gold had contacted him regarding SB1530, The Cap and Trade bill. He said no. Again Why? Representative Smith is known in Salem to be the most knowledgeable Legislator on this subject. Why would Commissioner Gold support SB1530 that would cost the County and citizens thousands of dollars per year in additional fuel taxes?
The citizens of Curry County have twice voted against having a County Administrator. Commissioner Gold has insisted on hiring and having a County Administrator wasting another $100,000 plus. So hiring a County Administrator and the money spent for the lawsuits is costing Curry County a lot of money that could be better used for legitimate expenses.
By the way, when I started in the State Legislature in 2001 my salary was around $1,200 a month. Sixteen years later it was around $1,800-$1,900 per month. That was for 5 days a week averaging about 60-65 hours a week and having to be away from home. Leave home on Sunday, drive 250 miles, and come back Friday night another 250 miles, to attend community functions on the weekend. It also cost me $50,000 plus per year in lost income to serve as a State Representative.
It is time for a change. I believe it is time to vote for John Herzog. He claims to be a commonsense guy and a peaceful problem solver. That is what we need.
State Representative, Retired