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Priorities

Priorities

NO on I-205 TOLLING

Support our legislators in saying "NO" to ODOT's I-205 Tolling plan. Clackamas County residents gain nothing in return.

Prioritize PUBLIC SAFETY

Ensure ALL residents feel safe

and secure in Clackamas County.

FIX MEASURE 110

Work with our D.A. and public safety partners to restore drug courts and provide a new county recovery center.

Promote ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

through trade exports and expanded high-speed internet in rural areas.

Issues

Martha Schrader has more than a vision for Clackamas County.
She has made real progress on the issues that matter.

 AFFORDABLE HOUSING 

Increasing the supply at multiple levels remains crucial to solving our housing challenges -- from transitional housing to affordable homes for working families. Commissioner Schrader is proud to have directed $160 million in regional bond money, allowing the County Commission to purchase land for affordable home construction.

 

Martha is currently working with her colleagues to select developers and owners as they identify sites for new housing construction.

In addition to utilizing $12 million in regional funding for the purchase of newly constructed affordable housing, the county has purchased existing homes. Martha worked to ensure the county funded a Housing Liaison to manage these projects efficiently and successfully.

 

  VETERANS 

Just over a year ago, Martha was proud to join her fellow Commissioners in opening the Clackamas County Veterans Village, a tiny home community to help veterans in crisis find stable housing, support from fellow veterans, and access to vital resources.

 

This transitional village helps veterans recover their dignity and independence by having a place to call their own. It also connects veterans to public services and other veterans, establishing networks that help vets get back on their feet.

 

Since then, the county has helped transition many of these residents to more permanent housing. Martha is currently working on expanding the number of veteran housing options to include intermediate and long-term housing.

 SUSTAINABILITY 

Given her background in entomology, Martha understands that ecosystems are complex. Making them more resilient can help protect and enhance our insect pollinators -- the key to sustaining our agriculture system and protecting the environment.

 

Martha partnered with the professionals at Oregon State University’s Extension Service to ensure pollination is included in Clackamas County’s sustainability plan. Thanks to her leadership, landscaping on county grounds and parks now includes plants conducive to thriving pollinators.

 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

Martha has been working with the county's economic development division to ensure that businesses stay here, succeed here and grow here. Oregon is a net export state, and Clackamas County is a leader

when it comes to exporting agricultural products. Martha’s goals include connecting local food processing companies to worldwide consumers.

 

 MENTAL HEALTH & PUBLIC SAFETY 

Martha is working with a bi-partisan coalition to improve drug-decriminalization bill Measure 110. In addition to ensuring our jails are not used as mental health holding areas, the group is focusing on improving and expanding mental health and addiction treatment services, as well as adding back a public safety component to ensure addicts are incentivized to get the help they need.

Martha also is working on integrated solutions that expand access to high-quality health services, including mental health and other specialty services like diabetes and dental care. She helped develop the county’s Health Centers Team and Health Centers Dental Team, which are working hand-in-hand with regional partners to address the complex challenges our counties face.

 TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS 

Martha respects the sovereignty of Native Americans and has made it a central value to work collaboratively with Native leaders. She works closely with Tracy Moreland, a Community Relations Specialist who is also a member of The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, on building relationships with Native communities.

 GOOD GOVERNANCE 

Clackamas County citizens benefit by having leaders who can advocate on their behalf at the state and federal level. Martha has represented Clackamas County for decades as a leader of state and national organizations.

Currently, Martha serves as Chair of the Community and Economic Development Committee of the National Association of Counties (NACo). In this capacity, she works to ensure home funding and community development block grants remain stable. She's also Vice Chair of NACo’s International Committee, where she continues to advance the interests of Clackamas County exporters.

As a leader in national county governance, Clackamas County has received awards for innovation. More importantly than the award itself, Clackamas County has stood out as a model for good governance across the nation.

Martha also served as past president of the Association of Oregon Counties (AOC). She helped put AOC in a better financial position and managed the hiring of a new executive director.

About
Three Rivers Farm, Canby, OR
Martha Schrader with children and grandchildren
Martha Schrader supports farmer's markets

About Martha

Martha Schrader was elected to the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners in May 2012 and was appointed vice chair of the board in 2014 and 2020.

 

​She previously served as Commissioner from 2003 to 2009 and was Commission Chair from 2005 to 2007. Martha represented District 20 as a State Senator from 2009 to 2011.

 

Before entering public office, Martha was an entomologist, a school-teacher and a librarian.

 

From 1982 until 2012, she owned and operated Three Rivers Farm in Canby, growing and selling organic produce.

She is the proud mother of five children and eight grandchildren.

 

In her free time, Martha enjoys visiting farmer's markets, preparing gourmet meals for friends and kayaking on the Clackamas River.

 

Martha holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, a Master’s degree in entomology from the University of Illinois, and a Master’s degree in education from Portland State University.

 

She has completed advanced coursework in Public Policy and Administration from Portland State University and is a Fellow with the American Leadership Forum.

A Legacy of Leadership

ACCOLADES & AWARDS

  • 2001 - Completed The Legacy Program for State and Local Public Service Leaders at the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government

  • 2004 - Awarded Outstanding Service Award by the Oregon Association of Counties (AOC) for outstanding service and leadership in the advancement of county governance in Oregon

  • 2005 - Received Certificate of Appreciation from the Oregon Association of Counties (AOC) in Recognition of Valuable Contributions to AOC's Efforts during the 73rd Legislative Session

  • 2006 - Completed the County Leadership Institute of the NYU/Wagner School of Public Service

  • 2008 - Appointed by Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski to the Governor's Task Force on Veterans Services

  • 2008 - Completed National Fellows Program and named Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum

  • 2009 - Awarded U.S. Army Reserve Ambassador Certificate of Recognition for outstanding support and services to The

       United States Army Reserve.

  • 2009 - Received Friend of Oregon Wheat award as state senator for service to the Oregon Wheat Growers League

  • 2009 - Received Public Power Rock Solid Award from the Oregon People's Utility District Association for advocacy on behalf of public power for Oregon communities

  • 2010 - Awarded Meritorious Service Medal by the Oregon National Guard for her dedication and passion in helping returning veterans and their families.

  • 2018 - Appointed by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown to the Willamette Falls Locks Commission through 2021

  • 2019 - Received Liberty Award from Oregon League of Minority Voters in recognition of outstanding contributions on behalf of our communities

  • 2020 - Awarded North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce Women in Leadership and Management Lifetime Achievement Award

  • 2024 - Appointed by Gov. Tina Kotek to the State of Oregon Workforce and Talent Development Board

Supporters

Supporters

Buckley Law

Clackamas County Democrats

Comcast Financial Agency Corporation

Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde

Consumer Fireworks Safety Assn PAC

Former Clackamas County Commissioner Sonya Fischer

Former Damascus Mayor Diana Helm

Former Lake Oswego City Councilor Jackie Edmunds-Manz

Happy Valley Mayor Tom Ellis

Happy Valley City Councilor David Emami

Happy Valley City Council President Brett Sherman

HD38 Rep. Daniel Nguyen

Iron Workers District Council of the Pacific NW Political

KinderCare Education LLC

Lake Oswego Mayor Joe Buck

Local #1159 FirePAC

Local 48 Electricians PAC

Lori Olund, President, Miles Fiberglass

Liuna Local 737 Political Action

 Metro Councilor Christine Lewis

Michael Selvaggio

Milwaukie Mayor Lisa Batey

Natural Gas Political Action Committee

Oregon City Golf Club

Oregon City Mayor Denyse McGriff

Oregon First Realtors

OrePac Building Products

Oregon Senate President Rob Wagner

Portland Metropolitan Association of Realtors PAC

Republic Services

Springboard Group

The Standard

Tualatin City Councilor Bridget Brooks

Tualatin Mayor Frank Bubanik

Tualatin Valley Firefighters Union

Waste Management

West Linn Mayor Rory Bialostosky

Willamette Women Democrats Board Member Rosie Stephens

Willamette Women Democrats Board Member Kathy Gordon

Wilsonville Mayor Julie Fitzgerald

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