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Ballots mailed this week

The Nov. 8 general election is coming up fast. Ballots will be mailed to voters across Wasco County on Wednesday, Oct. 19, meaning some voters should see them showing up in their mailboxes as early as Thursday. According to Chrissy Zaugg, elections deputy for the Wasco County Clerk’s office, approximately 15,300 ballots will be going out.

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Crary seeking to oust Walden

Retired attorney Jim Crary, a Democrat from Ashland, is running to unseat longtime Congressman Greg Walden from Oregon’s Second Congressional District. “I’ve always been politically aware and involved,” Crary said. “There are so many issues that drive me crazy. I kept kind of a log, a word document, starting with Citizens United.”

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Meet your candidates

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce invites community members to learn more about candidates for local, state and federal elected offices at a special forum on Oct. 25.

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Measure 97 about fairness

Editor’s Note: On Friday, the Chronicle ran a story about the opposition of local farmers, agricultural organizations and the The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce to Measure 97. Today, we feature the other side of the story: Local teacher Phil Brady sees Measure 97 – which would hike taxes on the highest earning corporations in Oregon – as a way to bring fairness to the tax structure and improve the lives of Oregonians.

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Chamber objects to M97

The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce has voted unanimously to oppose Measure 97 out of the belief the new tax threatens the viability of small businesses, the agriculture community and low to middle-income consumers.

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Schellinger, Elliott focus on city’s future

Andretta Schellinger is seeking a position on The Dalles City Council held by Taner Elliott

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Schellinger challenges Elliott for council seat

When Andretta Schellinger first became active in the local community, she said she believed certain demographic groups were under-represented on The Dalles City Council.

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Tanner Elliott seeks to retain seat

Taner Elliott, who was born and raised in The Dalles, says he can’t think of a better place to raise his children.

Candidates run for TD mayor

A roundup of stories on the candidates for Mayor of The Dalles.

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National convention inspires candidate

Inspired by attending the Democratic National Convention as a Bernie Sanders delegate, Solea Kabakov took Sanders’ advice to get involved in local politics and is running for mayor of The Dalles.

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Giving everyone a voice

Building community partnerships is essential to job creation and that takes open dialogue and transparency in the decision making process, says Susan Barr Harris, a mayoral candidate.

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Lawrence asks voters for third term

In 2012 and 2014, Steve Lawrence ran unopposed for mayor of The Dalles. This year, he faces two opponents – Solea Kabakov and Susan Barr Harris. But Lawrence said he believes having a contested race is good for voters, because it allows for a wider discussion of various issues.

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City rules govern election signs

When Stephanie Rawlings, a server at Zim’s Brau Haus, hung a campaign banner for The Dalles Mayor Steve Lawrence on the east side of the outdoor parklet, she did not know that act was prohibited by the city’s sign code.

Smith runs as write-in

When Sherman County Commissioner Mike Smith narrowly lost the Republican primary last May to challenger Joe Dabulskis, plenty of people asked him to run a write-in campaign. He wasn’t interested at the time, but has decided to throw his hat in the ring after all.

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Hats on for Wyden

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., left, admires a knitted children’s hat during a visit to the Loren Kaufman Veterans Clinic in The Dalles. The hat was made by Virginia Wang, right, who was knitting in the waiting room when Wyden stopped at the clinic on his way to Pendleton. “I’m known as the ‘hat lady at Safeway,” she told the senator. “I love making hats, that’s why God put me on this earth,” she added. She makes an average of two each day, and has made 1,016 hats so far this year. She gives them away, she explained, and Wyden selected a red one for his youngest daughter, who is three years old, but insisted she accept cash to purchase more yarn.

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