Last year, Metro released some polling
that suggested Washington County voters had moved to the left
and come to resemble their Multnomah County brethren in their attitudes toward land use and quality of life.
"Importantly, over the past decade Washington County voters, whose views were once more uniform with those living in Clackamas County, have identified closer to or in many cases almost equally with their counterparts in Multnomah County," read a key take-away from that 2009 survey.
But in the May primary, Washington County seemed to repudiate that premise when voters there overwhelmingly chose Republican Andy Duyck (pictured above) to be their new county chairman. Duyck beat fellow commissioner Dick Schouten, a bike-loving Multnomah County type, 54 percent to 39 percent. Although the race was non-partisan, Duyck is far more conservative than Schouten.
Last Friday, Duyck sent out an invitation (below) to an event that would certainly raise eyebrows in Multnomah County.
Sent: 7/2/2010 10:06:32 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time
Subj: AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM CHAIR-ELECT ANDY DUYCK
Andy asked that I make certain each of you received a personal invitation to this event. I hope to see you all there!
Andy is inviting everyone to give thanks with him at Thanksgiving service on Sunday, July 4, at the 10:00 Mass in Visitation Catholic Church, Verboort (4189 NW Visitation Road), in acknowledgment of God's hand and providence in our lives, thanksgiving for all who helped and supported him, and to ask God's guidance for good leadership as Andy takes office. Since he's won the Washington County Chair seat, Andy asks that we pray for him and all leaders, that they use wisdom and courage to provide good governance. There will be a light lunch in the Parish Center next to the church at 11:30. Please join us for both or either event.