More than a dozen Clackamas County elected officials on Wednesday added their voices to the growing chorus calling for Mark Shull to resign, after the newly-elected county commissioner’s Islamophobic social media posts came to light.
Tootie Smith, the chair of the Clackamas County board of commissioners, released a single-sentence statement on the county website Wednesday afternoon.
“In support of the greatest good of citizens of Clackamas County, I have asked that Mark Shull resign from the board of county commissioners immediately,” said Smith, who like Shull is a Republican. A footnote in the statement said that she would not be taking questions from reporters.
In a written statement, 11 state representatives and senators who represent parts of Clackamas County condemned Shull’s comments and urged him to immediately step down.
The legislators said they condemned Shull’s “disgraceful” social media posts.
“In a moment when too many give in to their hatred and deny facts, we’ve seen firsthand in Salem and in Washington, D.C. in recent weeks just how destructive this kind of language can be. Hatred like this has no place in our society. Rather, we must do all we can to collectively confront our past and to address the continued impact that systemic racism and bigotry have on immigrants and communities of color.”
John Wentworth, the newly-elected district attorney of Clackamas County, also called on Shull to resign. More than 20 Clackamas County department heads, including the sheriff, had signed a letter asking Shull to step down.
Shull has faced scrutiny in recent days since Jennings Lodge resident Cris Waller published a blog post documenting dozens of Facebook posts from Shull dating back to at least 2019. The posts contained Islamophobic, racist and transphobic comments.
Shull has yet to resign.
In response to threats received after Shull’s comments surfaced, the county postponed its swearing-in ceremony for commissioners, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday.
-Jayati Ramakrishnan; 503-221-4320; email@example.com; @JRamakrishnanOR