As a lifelong resident of Lincoln County, I believe there is only one candidate who is qualified to represent our county — she is Deputy District Attorney Lanee Danforth.
Even though he calls himself the incumbent district attorney, Jonathan Cable is no democratically elected official. He is a political appointee, courtesy of Gov. Kate Brown. Cable doesn’t hold his loyalty to the citizens of Lincoln County, he holds his loyalty to the Portland machine. When was the last time Gov. Brown was in Lincoln County, and more importantly, how would she know the needs of our citizens and the distinct and complex community we have here? The short answer is she doesn’t, and she won’t.
Cable’s personal position is clearly stated in the voters pamphlet, on his website, and in the full-page ad he paid for in this newspaper: “Justice is too important to learn on the job.” Apparently, Cable believes that no person can qualify for this position other than himself because they aren’t currently the DA. If you don’t learn on the job, then where else would you learn?
DA Cable has been on the job less than three-and-a-half months, with a reduced caseload in the last six weeks because of the COVID-19 lockdown. He’s an incumbent without a track record, yet he’s saying he can’t learn on the job.
The people of Lincoln County need a DA that is willing to learn from others. Political appointee Cable has boasted that he doesn’t need to, as proven by his quote above. Scorning the significance of Danforth’s record as a superb trial attorney, Cable has offered us only condescending, empty adjectives about himself. This is why he isn’t the right choice for a county as unique as ours. Loyalty belongs here, not to the clubhouse.