“Gallia has mettle, along with values that point a way forward for his district” Willamette Week endorsement 10/12/2016 :
House District 39 (Canby, Clackamas and Boring)
It takes a strong argument to oust an incumbent legislator—especially a veteran politician like Dr. Bill Kennemer, a retired family psychologist who’s held this rural Clackamas County seat since 2009. In the last voting cycle, no Democrat bothered trying to unseat Kennemer, who is affable and described by Salem insiders as a centrist voice in his caucus.
But his challenger, Charles Gallia, made an incisive case. Gallia is a policy adviser to the Oregon Health Authority with a varied biography that includes hand-building his own house on the Clackamas River. He’s soft-spoken and courteous—and in our interview, delivered a systematic critique of Kennemer’s votes on civil and reproductive rights. Most damaging: Gallia pointed out Kennemer’s 2015 vote against a bill banning “conversion therapies” that try to cure people from being gay. Kennemer couldn’t explain his vote. That’s especially troubling because Kennemer, as a family psychologist, should know better.
Gallia has mettle, along with values that point a way forward for his district. That may not be enough to topple Kennemer, but it wins our endorsement.
What reality show would Gallia compete on? He picked Survivor—the only title he could remember.