BRINGING BEND TOGETHER
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In my book, bringing Bend together is the most important job of a city councilor. I was appointed to fill a vacancy on the City Council, and so hadn't campaigned in the community. As soon as I was appointed, I started meeting with anyone and everyone I could - 187 meetings as of early May, 2020. It was my top priority to meet with people of every walk of life in Bend, so I could understand what they wanted from their city government. I have learned so much, and every day I use what I've learned from my fellow Bendites to try to make our city even better, even during these difficult times.
My wife and I have lived in Bend for 15 years, and we've raised our daughter here. I work in product promotions for Silipint, based here in Bend. I believe when you care about a place as much as I care about Bend, you need to understand and care about everyone in that place. From that knowledge comes policies that truly reflect the community we all love so much.
My Vision for Bend, Oregon is a community that cares about every one of its members. A community that helps those who need it while fostering creativity, entrepreneurship and hard work. A community that comes out of the human and economic devastation of COVID-19 to build a more diverse, resilient and robust economy.
My only agenda, when appointed to Council, was to collaborate with my fellow Bendites to do everything I can to improve the city I love. I promised to do two things: listen and learn. I believe that to do a good job serving people in public office, you need to know what they care about. Moreover, because I became a Councilor via appointment, I believed it was, and to this day and forward, appropriate to go above and beyond to learn the issues and talk with anyone and everyone about what they want from their city.
Based on those many conversations, I believe Bendites are worried, first and foremost, about how to make ends meet in a bad economy. The City of Bend can do its part by working to reduce housing costs, keeping taxes and fees low, and fostering an environment in which small businesses can thrive and hire (or re-hire). That is my focus now, and will be my focus if I'm elected to Council this year.
Support for First Responders
As we continue navigating these challenging times, we have helpers everywhere. They are our first responders - Bend Police, Bend Fire & Rescue, the farmers, mail carriers, grocery store employees, pharmacists, factory workers, health care workers, delivery drivers, and journalists – anyone working to keep us safe, healthy, informed and as close to our normal Bend lives as possible. As City Councilor, I will continue working within our community to continue showing our appreciation and let the helpers know how much we value their service and commitment. They are more than our neighbors – they are our brothers, sisters, husbands, wives and friends. As the beloved television personality Mister Rogers famously said, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’”
I am focused on the following priorities of
An Active and Engaged Councilor Who Serves on City Committees and Associations
I am currently serving on the Bend Economic Advisory Board (BEDAB), Bend MPO, Landmarks Commission, Downtown Bend Business Association, Chair of the City Stewardship Committee, an Alternate to the Central Oregon Cities Organization (COCO), and is liaison to the Old Bend Neighborhood Association and the SW Bend Neighborhood Association.
Continuing to Listen & Learn
"People are worried that Bend is becoming unaffordable for many. I’ve met with countless folks, even professionals with good jobs, who are struggling to make it here due primarily to the cost of housing. There are a lot of people in our city who are just barely hanging on financially. My family and I lived in Bend through the Great Recession. I am worried that another economic downturn, even if less severe than the last, will push many out of Bend. We are still dealing with the hangover of all the contractors who left during the Great Recession – I’m worried that we will lose additional essential talent and experience if the economy falters.
The most important thing I’ve learned so far on City Council is that we are fortunate to live in a place with so many talented and engaged people involved in shaping our city’s future. Each of my meetings has been with people who are working in good faith to improve our community. They don’t always agree with each other, but the earnest discussion about public policy in our city is one of its great strengths.
I look forward to doing my part to engage in that discussion and working together to do what’s best for our community."
It has been an honor representing you on the Bend City Council and look forward to continue my
work to make Bend affordable and livable for all, but to do that, I will need your help.
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