Marion County Republican Colm Willis returns to the campaign trail, this time seeking the seat of outgoing Commissioner Janet Carlson. Apparently his first foray into elective politics, an unsuccessful bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader in 2016, only whetted his appetite. He faces a formidable opponent in Marion County Clerk Bill Burgess, who is seeking a place on the commission for the second time.
Mr. Willis is an attorney in private practice from Stayton where he lives with his wife and their little girls. He graduated from Boston College and later from Willamette University College of Law as Valedictorian. He has spent time working to solve issues both nationally and locally. His focus is on business law, specializing in resolving issues faced by small business owners and entrepreneurs.
He is running for office because he feels that for too long political and business leaders have used their power to benefit themselves at the expense of working families. As a result of their maneuvering, health insurance costs are rising, taxes are hitting regular people harder, and childcare, housing, and education have become prohibitively expensive. As shown through his legal practice, he believes that Marion County should be a place where a good education, a good job, a good home, and a secure retirement are available to every resident.
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