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• Prior Governmental Experience: McMinnville City Mayor 2017 – present, McMinnville City Council 2005 – 2016, Council President 2009 – 2010, McMinnville Budget Committee 1994 – present, McMinnville Urban Renewal Advisory Committee, City Audit Committee, McMinnville Water and Light Commission
• Prior Community Experience: McMinnville Chamber Board Chair, McMinnville Downtown Association Board, Yamhill County United Way Board, Oregon Lung Association Board Chair, Oregon Partnership Board Chair,
Serving for 26 years in local government has given me a deep understanding of the needs of our city. With more than 15 years as chair of the budget committee, I know the financial workings of McMinnville. Rebounding from COVID-19 is critical for our community as we start rebuilding our economic base. With more than 37 years’ experience in commercial and retail banking, I will provide the leadership to grow jobs during these unprecedented times.
In 2018 hundreds of our leaders from – city, business, education and non-profit along with citizens of all backgrounds - helped the City of McMinnville develop a Mac-Town 2032 Strategic Plan. This plan outlines specific goals to continue to make McMinnville a remarkable, family-friendly place to live.
Based on this plan, I’ve developed the following priorities for the next 4 years:
• Equity, diversity and inclusion
• Low Taxes
This is an opportunity we as a community have been addressing over the past 5 years. We have used citizen groups and committees to address at the following: Affordable Housing, Loitering, Homelessness and Camping on public lands. We have a dusk to sunrise camping program on public land and streets that has been very successful for the past 1 1/2 years and a community camping program on private land. We have food programs and shelter programs that we support. Much more to come.
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I have never held a formal leadership title. I lead by example. I am a take charge type of personality and so when I see a job or a project that needs to be done I do not pass the buck or wait for someone else to do it, I assess, formulate and execute a plan of action. I have demonstrated these many times throughout our community over the past few years. Example: Assisting to rally our community to speak up at our city council meetings to get a no camping in public ordinance passed.
Unity, transparency, economic growth and the health and safety of our community are all things I will take very seriously. They will be at the forefront of my mind when listening, learning and responding to our community needs. We need affordable homes, we need new businesses to want to open her to grow and expand. We need to address our drug and homelessness issues that plaque our town at this time. The council need to connect to the people. There is a huge divide there that needs to be fixed.
The city has many wonderful 501c3's that serve our community they are doing a good job at getting supplies and food out but we are not addressing the root causes of homelessness and how individuals got to where they are. Many nobler minds have instituted pilot programs that failed but we can not quit. One of them has to work. The answer is there, we just have to keep searching but we defiantly need drug detox and rehab facilities and support for the co-morbities that individuals are facing.