He displays the work ethic

It is an emotional experience to watch the commissioner campaign from my seat on the Benton County Board of Commissioners, two years after running my own race. I am a registered Democrat, and have volunteered many hours for the Benton Democrats. While I agree with the party’s values, I’ve never been a straight party-line voter.

After listening to the candidates at the City Club forum, I am convinced that Sami Al-AbdRabbuh is the best. He has the intelligence, humanity, humility and interpersonal skills to make an excellent commissioner. I believe that his youth is an important asset. We will be making many major decisions about the future of Benton County over the next four years, and younger Bentonians need to have a seat at the table. His priorities — sustainable growth and economic development, affordable housing, and health care access for all — are key issues facing the county. Commissioner Anne Schuster championed these causes, and Sami Al-AbdRabbuh would pick up where she left off. Lastly, given the rapidly changing face of the United States, Al-AbdRabbuh’s multicultural perspective is critically important.

Sami is the only candidate who has attended more than a dozen board meetings, taking the time to come up to speed on issues facing the county. He displays the work ethic outlined in the Benton County Leadership Policies and Practices handbook, which outlines the role and responsibilities of Benton commissioners. He displays collaboration, courage, respect, proactive preparation, and good communication. Please join me in voting for Sami — learn more at

Xan Augerot

Benton county Commissioner (Board Chair)

He understands the job and has experience in local municipal budgets

I believe Sami Al-AbdRabbuh is the best choice for county commissioner. On the most basic level, he knows what the job is. When two candidates recently claimed there was no "job description" for the position, Sami quickly pointed out that the county charter has a detailed description of the responsibilities of the commissioners. Sami has taken the time to read and understand this important document, something all candidates should do.

Sami has a strong foundation that prepares him for this position. He has firsthand experience preparing budgets, and his work on the school board has included budgeting that addresses both the needs of the community and the institutions that serve them.

Sami recognizes the critical issues facing our community, whether it be affordable housing, climate change, health care, or homelessness. His understanding of budgets will help point us toward realistic solutions.

On a personal level, Sami is an honest, caring person. When you talk to him, his passion and enthusiasm comes through. On a board comprised of three commissioners, Sami will be a team player who will listen with respect to other voices and hear other points of view. He has a moral compass that leads him to fight for what is right. That's why I am voting for Sami, and I hope you will too.

Rosanne DiMilia

one of those fresh new lights

Every now and then a fresh new light steps up to ask our vote as a candidate for political office. I’m sure you remember them. They become national symbols representing every sort of political purpose. We know them on both sides of the two party system.

They don’t show up often. Maybe once in every generation if we’re lucky and they hold their vision strongly.

My friend Sami is one of those fresh new lights. You might not recognize him because he’s not a WASP, even though he was born in Arizona. He has an unpronounceable surname and a personal demeanor that tilts intelligently respectful rather than bombastic egotistical. He seems to have his finger in every aspect of issues concerning Benton County - like one of the founding members of Families Belong Together; Vice Chair of the 509J School Board; board president, Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center; and now he’s running for Benton County commissioner.

He actually understands public institutional budgets - like the 509J district’s, clearly describing what happens when one thing tips the whole into dysfunction and waste. He can do that about emergency services management, solar energy, the effects of climate change and managing environmental resources. He can do that about factors driving homelessness ... well, he can do that about almost any topic. He sees the big picture and knows how it fits together with the everyday lives of people who live and work here.

Like I said, he’s a fresh new light.

Peggy Joyce