Deschutes County is a strong, vibrant and beautiful place to live. But, in the face of rapid growth, we cannot maintain our quality of life by standing still or looking wistfully backwards. Growth brings great challenges AND opportunities and, to meet them, we must recognize that housing, transportation and jobs are not separate issues. read more


“Regulating a new industry with a crop as complicated as marijuana is going to be an important challenge for a new county commissioner. On this issue, Adair needs to prove she will provide more thoughtful policy direction to earn voter support. Cook is already doing that.” read more

Empowering Citizens

Local government is our best opportunity for addressing the challenges we face as a county and region. Unfortunately, except for interactions like paying taxes we rarely interact directly with our citizens. We need to explore new ways to bring citizens into the deliberative processes of government. read more