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Vote YES on Measure 9-134, regarding Deschutes County New Pot Businesses

A "yes" vote on this means that new marijuana businesses can at least try to get new, legal, and law-abiding licenses approved
Editor's note: The print edition of this issue had a "NO" in the title. Because this measure asks voters to decide whether new additional marijuana businesses should be allowed in the county, our vote is YES.

Vote 2020: All the Source Weekly's Candidate Endorsements

Our selections for local, state and national races
We’ve spent months interviewing candidates to arrive at these endorsements. To see the interviews that helped us make our decisions, visit the Elections section.

Vote Melanie Kebler, Bend City Council Pos. 1

Kebler believes that timely communication with the public is key to the role
Bend's City Council position 1 race has two qualified and competent candidates running—and while the position is nonpartisan, the two bring differing backgrounds and philosophies. While it's true that a city council's role lies in handling the mundane business of roads and sewers and city codes, increasingly it's clear that Bend also is sorely in need of cultural and moral leadership.

Vote Anthony Broadman, Bend City Council Pos. 2

Broadman will represent Bend's blue voters with measured pragmatism
As City Councilor Bill Moseley's dramatic tenure comes to an end, we welcome the progressive idealism Anthony Broadman will bring to this seat. Where Moseley's attitude was often cavalier and self-absorbed, Broadman will represent Bend's blue voters with measured pragmatism.

Vote Chris Piper for Bend City Council Pos. 3

Chris Piper has demonstrated an ability to be that moderate voice who actually listens to constituent
With two veteran councilors walking away this year—including one moderate and one decidedly conservative councilor—the next iteration of the Bend City Council is undoubtedly going to look very different. We'd be pleased to see a progressive council that's also not afraid to stand up to powerful private interests—and at the same time, we recognize that having keen moderates on the Council will also help to bridge some of the partisan divides that invade even our small city.

Vote Rita Schenkelberg Bend City Council Pos. 4

Rita Schenkelberg is part of a rising movement of socially minded liberals willing to stand up for inclusivity and equity and challenge the status quo
Bend City Councilor Bruce Abernethy, who is not running for re-election, has served as both a Bend City Councilor and Mayor on and off for the last 20 years. During that time he's gone from a die-hard champion of Bend's "slow growth" movement to a more moderate voice in City politics.

Vote Phil Chang for Deschutes County Commissioner

Phil Chang is a strong contrast, with a vision for the County grounded in current realities
For most voters in Deschutes County, the County Commissioner position is not something to spend a lot of time worrying about. However, it's one of the most powerful elected positions in the region.

Vote Scott Schaier for Deschutes County Sheriff

As Central Oregon grows and changes, we believe it's time for new leadership at the Deschutes County Sheriff's office
More attention has been placed on law enforcement agencies in recent months, and with that comes a more informed conversation around the impact that its leaders can have on an organization.

Vote Eileen Kiely Oregon Senate District 27

Eileen Kiely—who's both served in the military and worked in corporate America—appears to be able to bring an assertive voice to Salem
Tim Knopp has been serving in District 27 (Redmond, Tumalo, Sunriver and Bend) since 2013 and during his tenure, the votes he has cast are stacking up against him. He voted against the Student Success Act, which will bring in an estimated $18 million to Bend-La Pine Schools.

Vote Jack Zika for Oregon House District 53

Zika's bipartisan work around addressing the housing issue makes it difficult for us to advocate for firing him this time around
Throughout this campaign, Jack Zika has riffed about being "the housing guy." While said lightheartedly, Zika has indeed had some big wins for housing for both Bend and Redmond in the two years he's served as representative.

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