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There is an election underway in Lincoln County. We are selecting leadership for the school board, community college, health districts, water districts, fire districts, and a majority of the Port of Newport commission. On my own ballot, there are sixteen candidates. But sadly, only six are included in the county Voter’s Pamphlet.

The Pamphlet only requires that you submit a photo, a few words on why you are running, and pay a $25 fee.

I have nothing but respect and appreciation for anyone willing to serve in local government. And to be clear, many of these candidates are good friends. But there is little public information about these races and little context for voters trying to make good decisions. Even when an office is uncontested, candidates owe voters the simple respect of saying why they want our vote.

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