The Nov. 6 election will be here before we know it. Because Oregonians vote by mail, those ballots run the risk of getting set aside or forgotten all together.

The Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors urges everyone to vote and has taken a position on several key contests.

We have several important local races including mayor of Hillsboro.

Mayor Jerry Willey is again running unopposed. We are pleased that we have the benefit of Mayor Willey’s strong leadership for another four years. Mayor Willey has appropriately positioned Hillsboro as a major regional player and provides a strong voice for our business community and citizens at large.

Councilor Olga Acuna is also running for her Ward 2 Council seat unopposed. While councilor Acuna is probably one of the most quiet members of the council, she provides thoughtful comments and asks questions that demonstrate her commitment to her position to represent the city.

Hillsboro attorney Fred Nachtigal is running for Ward 3, where he’ll take over for councilor Mike Castillo who opted not to run for re-election. The chamber endorsed Mr. Nachtigal for city council in 2010 and we are looking forward to his addition to the council in January. 

Megan Braze, a Hillsboro native, has returned from college and seeks the Ward 1, Position B seat at the council.  She’s running a write-in campaign and has been endorsed by the Hillsboro Chamber Political Action Committee.  Megan is enthusiastic, thoughtful and knows and understands Hillsboro.  She’d be a great addition to our council.

We have two statewide ballot measures and three important House district races that impact Hillsboro. The Hillsboro Chamber PAC announced its endorsements in the August Business Advocate.

Visit the chamber’s website ( to review that information, as well as our endorsement in the state Labor Commissioner race.

Ensuring that Hillsboro businesses are represented at the state level is vital to our economic development efforts. We encourage everyone to learn more about the candidates and how their priorities align with those of the business community.

Focusing legislative efforts on growing our economy, which ultimately results in job creation, adds revenue to our state coffers and helps ensure that funding for vital services and education will stabilize and grow.

I talk to people every day that really don’t know what’s going on politically in their community or in our state. I can understand that everyone is busy and not everyone enjoys politics. However, there are important decisions to be made and this election is the opportunity to ensure we all have a voice in the process.

Every vote counts, every voice will be heard. Take a moment to return that ballot in time to be counted.

 Deanna Palm is president of the Greater Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce.

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