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May 1st, 2013 12:01 am WW Staff | Elections

Chew on This

Sure, we’re about to vote on fluoride, but also on issues about kids and open spaces. Here are WW’s endorsements for the May 21 ballot.

Multnomah Education Service District Position 1

Chris Cochran - Nonpartisan

It’s the most obscure government agency that spends $71 million a year. The Multnomah Education Service District provides such programs as Outdoor School, alternative education, child health-insurance access, and supervision of the county’s home-schooled kids.

ESDs are paid for through state education funds, contracts and grants, and property taxes. Lawmakers continue to scrutinize the districts, approving a measure this year allowing school districts to withdraw from their local ESDs if they find them unnecessary.

In the race for this east-county position, voters have two terrible choices: Chris Cochran, a 23-year-old Gresham native and photographer, who has never been to an MESD meeting and couldn’t manage to file a Voters’ Pamphlet statement on time.

Then there’s scandal-stained incumbent Bernie Giusto. His troubled history is familiar to longtime readers of this newspaper: As an Oregon State Police trooper, Giusto failed to tell authorities about his knowledge of ex-Gov. Neil Goldschmidt’s sexual relationship with an underage girl. Later, as Multnomah County sheriff, he earned the title of WW’s 2007 Rogue of the Year for mismanagement and an ethics investigation that still haunts the sheriff’s office.

Cochran’s inability to name a single MESD function is almost laughable. But it’s not as shameful as the fact that Giusto keeps getting elected to anything.

Measures:  26-151: Fluoridation | 26-150: Children's Levy | 26-152: Natural Areas

Portland Public Schools: Zone 4 | Zone 6 

Portland Community College: Zone 2 | Zone 4 | Zone 5

Multnomah Education Service District: Position 1 | Position 2 | Position 3

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