On January 13, Mr. Shull received an email from a constituent riled up about the “democraps” targeting Mr. Shull.[1]

He responded that he was working on “damage control,” and the constituent responded with homophobic slurs about Oregon Speaker of the House Tina Kotek.

Shull responded that the “leftists” were hammering “people like us,” clearly aligning himself with the offensive statements.

The same constituent wrote another letter to Mr. Shull, thanking him for helping him with a perk test problem. Mr. Shull responded that the “cancel” culture was after him and that he now knew that Trump went through. The constituent responded with an anti-Muslim slur.

On that same date, January 15, 2021, reporter Noelle Crombie from the Oregonian filed a records request for Shull’s emails (which were later used in a story for The Oregonian (Crombie, 2021).) Informed that his emails could be read by the public, Shull’s tone quickly changed, although he had his aide Caroline Hill craft most of the language of his response.

It is telling that Mr. Shull’s responses showed no reaction to the hateful language in the offensive emails until the threat of public disclosure.

Mr. Shull received some emails from other constituents and other county staff that contained racist or hateful statements. To truly show antiracist/anti-hate behavior, Mr. Shull would have attempted to correct these statements or to, at the very least, disapprove of their usage. and even then, he had his assistant formulate most of the response. Names are redacted in the emails below, which were obtained through a public records request.


[1] The emails in this section were all obtained from a public records request filed with Clackamas County. Names other than those of county employees have been redacted.