Spring Voter Forum in Beaverton
Just occurred to me to post a notice here about the Spring Voter Forum in Beaverton. The 'meet and greet' is tonight at 6:30pm, candidate presentations start at 7pm. Kind of late notice for any of you out there to change schedules and drop by, but if it works out, you might enjoy.
Voters Forum in Beaverton
The website lists all the candidates speaking and some other info as well. Of biking note, is that running for Dick Schouten's Washington County Commissioner District 1 seat, is Beaverton City Council member, also Beaverton Bike Advisory committee liazon, Betty Bode.
Would Betty Bode be a better, stronger member of the County Commission than Dick Schouten has been? This is a question I wouldn't mind getting some answers to at tonight's presentation. Schouten's a guy that's favored support for transportation by means other than motor vehicle, so we're not doing bad with him. Bode has quite an impressive resume. Check this report on some of it in the story at examiner.com: Candidate profile – Betty Bode, Washington County Commissioner District 1/Examiner.com/Peggy Bodner-Wash Co Elections Examiner
It's worth keeping in mind that whoever is on the County Commission is working with Andy Duyck, Commission Chairperson, who has tended to be strong for things such as road widening for increased motor vehicle use through residential neighborhoods. Also, for converting rural land to land available for urban development. How strongly does he support travel by foot and bike? I'm not sure, but my impression so far, is that he's not strongly supportive of travel by those means. I'll be voting for the person best suited to help adapt to Washington County's developing travel needs in ways that counter effects of excessive reliance on motor vehicles for transportation that gradually but steadily have deteriorated quality of life in Washington County.
3:30pm ...just noticed a recently posted story over at the O about the Commissioner seat race Washington County Commission District 1: Quiet race turns up the volume/dana tims/oregonian
Oh...the city usually puts out some tasty snacks for the event too!
wsbob, please post your impressions. I can't make it to the meeting but I vote in this district and would like to make a more informed vote. Thanks!
lovedoctor ...I notice you're a new forum member ... Welcome!
Re; my impressions of candidates at the forum, I don't consider myself particularly astute politically, but I'll try offer a few impressions (well, as it turned out...more than a few due to the marvel of good coffee.):
Mayoral race, which is the imcumbent Mayor Denny Doyle, and contenders John Somoza and Pavel Goberman. Doyle's experience and confidence shows. In his probably late 50's to mid 60's, he's easy going, down to earth, upbeat, clearly knows the territory. Some of the council decisions he's been party to over the years inevitably tend to have people wondering. The study to determine whether to site a pro baseball stadium in Central Beaverton was one. A more recent issue has to do with the somewhat covert manner in which Doyle and council prepared to and finally bought the Coldwell Banker Builiding in the multi use complex called The Round.
City council seat 3. Honestly, and with my apologies, I didn't listen very closely to Solomon and Fagin. I'd probably go with Fagin, who seemed to have a better grasp of what the job is and what needs to be done, but again, I say this admitting I didn't listen closely enough to be sure at this point.John Somoza, in his 40's ...smart, government lawyer, good speaker, challenging Doyle for what he considers lack of transparency, i.e. examples such as CWB Building. Also objects to Beaverton's 'strong mayor' form of government. I'd say he's got potential as a politician down the road if he gets more experience in that area, but for this race, he likely won't get the votes.
City Council seat 4 Unchallenged in is Catherine Arnold. Most everything she said seemed on the money. Answers questions on the spot well. A good vote.
State Attorney General: Listened to Holton, the candidate that appeared. He's trying to make a big stand on the idea that the state AG's job is fighting for justice, which he's saying his challenger isn't prepared to stand up for. Not sure here. Got to read more. Think I'm interested in Rosenblum.
Washington County Commissioner District 1 race: An important one to me: Dick Schouten is the incumbent, Betty Bode challenging. I'm really wondering what's happening with the commission, and what would happen if Bode got the seat. It really is important to know something about the makeup of the commission, and what it does. Schouten knows what's going on, is an advocate for solutions to county traffic congestion problems, values open land, farmland, all of that. He's a strong supporter of active transportation (walking, biking, etc.) infrastructure. I've heard that he works well with the chair, Duyck, and is able to reason with him.
Washington County, like a lot of areas of the country, is in this struggle of trying to generate revenue to pay for stuff, create non-polluting job opportunities, and on and on. Development and making land available for development is among the means used to ensure that a high quality of life continues to exist in the county, for residents. The county commission plays a role in deciding the exact means to ensure Washington County's high quality of life continues to exist. The commissioners have different views of what the means will be.
I've gotten off track here. Lots more points could be raised. I'm not really sure what Betty Bode would do if she had the chair. Besides saying she feels she'd be a stronger voice on the commission for Beaverton than she considers Schouten to be, I couldn't pick up exactly what she would do. With regards to Washington County growth issues, something that seems clearly apparent, is that traffic congestion and the inclination to spread out development is slowly, methodically strangling the quality of life many people in the urban areas of the county have available to them.
Unless Bode were to say something between now and the election, more substantial than she did at the forum, that would tell me with certainty that she can do a better job than Schouten has, on working to counter deteriorating effects of urban development on Washington County's quality of life, I probably couldn't give her the vote. This is despite the fact that on the Beaverton City Council and as bike advisory committee liazon, she seems to have done a good job of sticking up for the average jane and joe.
Metro Council District 3 seat: sorry...didn't stay to hear the gentleman.
Thanks for the info, Bob (can I call you Bob?). Although it's up to each citizen to make his/her own decision on voting, it's good to hear some subjective evaluations from folks that likely have similar needs from their elected officials (in this case, transportation).
No problem...I enjoyed putting together my thoughts on the event. Everyone making their own decision is as you say, important. Not everyone has what they feel is enough time to adequately check out sources of info to help them make their decision, so they do what they can.
Another weblog I check in on from time to time is blueoregon. Not a huge amount of activity over there, but it has some good writers.
wsbob is just my weblog name, used elsewhere in part to challenge people to think beyond the name to the content of ideas expressed in the comments I post. If you like though, you or anyone else here in the forums can call me by my actual name, Darrell.
By the way, it turns out that the race for Attorney General is quite a bit more interesting than I'd realized when I saw Holton speak at the forum. The Oregonian did a story or two on it sometime in the last 4-5 days. Holton's the guy that had the feds raid medical marijuana growers involved in questionable transactions. Rosenblum is married to Willamette Week Publisher, Richard Meeker. Don't really know much about her other than this.
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