Sandy’s Dana Hindman-Allen returns for second bid at county commission seat

Martha Contreras

After an unsuccessful bid to unseat Clackamas County Commissioner Sonya Fischer in 2022, Sandy’s Dana Hindman-Allen returns undeterred and has declared to run for county office once again. On Nov. 20, Hindman-Allen announced she has filed to oppose incumbent Position No. 3 commissioner Martha Schrader in the May 21, 2024 election.

Previously, Hindman-Allen received about 13% of the vote in her 2022 bid. 

So far, Hindman-Allen is joined by Tualatin small business owner Amy Nichols and Estacada attorney Joanna Harbour as those who’ve declared to run for the No. 3 seat besides the incumbent. Republican Harbour declared after an unsuccessful bid for the congressional third district seat against Rep. Earl Blumenauer in 2020. Nichols ran for a seat on the West Linn-Wilsonville School Board earlier this year, losing to Dan Schumaker.

The deadline for candidates to file is March 12, 2024.

Hindman-Allen is a Realtor and former educational assistant from rural Sandy. She has served on the Clackamas County Parks Advisory Board since 2021.

Hindman-Allen said part of her inspiration to serve on the commission stems from a desire to not see Clackamas County become like Portland.

“I believe that we have to take meaningful action to protect quality of life, public safety and livability throughout Clackamas County, we don’t want failed Portland policies imported to our county,” she said. “All over the metro area, residents have witnessed businesses suffering due to crime and cost of living spiraling out of control. As a realtor for the last 11 years, I have worked with clients who expressed the resounding sentiment of wanting to relocate to neighboring Clackamas County because of the lower property taxes and fiscally conservative county operations. However, we cannot stay idle because our communities are fragile and need efficient, professional leadership to maintain and support thriving communities. In Oregon we have seen how quickly bad decisions in government have consequences on us all.”

Hindman-Allen added that she feels she could bring “fresh perspective” to the “long-held incumbent seat” on the commission and that she has the “foresight and business competency to improve efficiency and create dynamic successful relationships with community partners and elected officials to keep Clackamas County from being derailed.”

“I will also welcome businesses seeking a new home and advocate for businesses that are overburdened by oppressive taxes, regulations that suppress innovation and make it hard to maintain a quality work force,” she said.

Among her top priorities, Hindman-Allen also lists emergency management and the I-205 tolling proposal.

“Everyone has been impacted by forest fires, we need to partner with our forestry management leadership and firefighters to work on sustainable forest management practices, while making sure our firefighters have enough resources to fight the fires swiftly and efficiently before they get out of hand,” she explained.

She expressed frustration with how such issues have been handled in the past and with “politicians serving their political careers rather than their constituents.”

“(A) lack of true collaboration with citizens is the driving force behind the desire to serve,” she said. “When the citizens make it clear to the government that they are opposed to a particular policy and the government continues to steam roll the public, we have problems. One such example is the tolling proposal of Interstate 205, which I do not support. It is just another tax that residents don’t want, another short-sighted policy that will have lasting consequences for citizens who live, work, and travel throughout the area.”

Hindman-Allen has already found support for her efforts from former Washington County Commissioner Bob Terry, who also supported her 2022 bid.

“I am excited and very pleased (Hindman-Allen has) made the decision to run for the position of Clackamas County Commissioner,” Terry said. “Our entire region will benefit with (her) success as commissioner. (Her) honesty, fortitude and tenacity will be a great addition to Clackamas County and our region. (She possesses) a vision of broad grass roots, and an understanding of financial balance and needs of all spectrums of the county.”

Those interested in learning more about Hindman-Allen’s campaign can visit danafororegon.com.

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