Three county commissioner seats are open in this year’s election — those seats currently being held by Commissioners Jay Bozievich, Sid Leiken, and Gary Williams. These three incumbents have all accepted campaign donations from the timber and mining industries in Lane County.

Extractive industries have a lot to gain (or lose) when land use and other local laws and policies support (or undermine) their businesses. So they pay for good representation with campaign donations.

We the people have a lot to gain (or lose) too, but few people have the means to make donations comparable to private industry.

Let’s clear out the industry lackeys currently on the Lane County Board of Commissioners and fill these three open seats with new commissioners who serve the people, not their corporate masters.

Linda Kanter, Deadwood