Forced Early Release: Offenders

The Truth About the Washington County Jail Expansion

My opponent recently published an article explaining why he did not fulfill his 2011 campaign promise to expand the jail and why he is now planning to have a voter obligation bond to expand in the coming years. Expanding the county jail has been necessary since well before 2011. Our… Read More

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Cup of Daisies

The Paradox We Expect of Our Protectors

In a time of frequent controversial police shootings, I’d like to discuss why it is sometimes, unfortunately, necessary for law enforcement to use their weapons. Imagine preparing for the possibility that someone will try to intentionally harm you each day when you do your job. Even if that likelihood is… Read More

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Homelessness and Your Sheriff’s Office

Washington County is exploding in population. We have all seen whole new neighborhoods popping up around us in recent years. The 2015 census data on population growth rated our county as the 3rd fastest growing county in the state. With our estimated population over 600,000, it is critical that our… Read More

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Did you know…….?

……that the current sheriff is allowed to wear his uniform while campaigning, while challengers on the ballot, like myself are not? Did you know that the current sheriff can use pictures of himself in uniform for his campaign, while I cannot? There are laws, and for good reason, against public… Read More

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Budget Hearing Testimony

Washington County Budget Hearing Testimony

Good morning commissioners. My name is Red Wortham. Thank you for this brief opportunity to be heard on a critical public safety problem. The sheriff told you in the last budget hearing that jail staffing is a big problem that he is concerned about. He shared steps taken to mitigate… Read More

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Washington County Pride Month

Supporting and acting as allies for all of our friends, neighbors, coworkers, family, and communities is part of what makes living in Washington County so desirable. There are several surveys that show Washington County as one of the most diverse, if not the most diverse, county in Oregon. It is… Read More

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Red Wortham

Red Wortham for Sheriff

The title of this article looks strong and confident, doesn’t it? The truth is that deciding to run for the office of Sheriff in Washington County was a big decision. It means bucking an entrenched system that, one, does not like to be challenged and, two, has a huge degree… Read More

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