Bill King hopes to take his community-minded business savvy to the county level

Bill KingAmong the 77 applicants for the vacant Clackamas County Commission position 5 seat is Sandy's own mayor, Bill King.

King sought the position 4 seat formerly held by Tootie Smith in the May primary, but came in third in the three-way and did not advance to the November general election.

Position 5 became vacant when Commissioner Jim Bernard defeated incumbent County Chair John Ludlow in November. Bernard has moved into the chair position, leaving an opening in position 5.

Among the 77 applicants for the position are Steve Bates, former chair of the Boring Community Planning Organization, and Steve Spinnett, former mayor of the former city of Damascus.

King cited the support he received from his community as his reasoning for taking another stab at the commissioner post.

"I ran for the position last year," King says. "I thought it would be good to have another level-headed, civil-minded person on the board….I think it would be good to have someone to bring people together….I was encouraged by all the support I had. I was a little reluctant to throw my hat in the ring, but my council (people) have encouraged me, so I have."

King has been mayor of Sandy for six years and is the owner of Bill's Automotive Repair in Sandy. As a businessman, one of King's hopes in his first term as mayor was to "see the community become more business-friendly."

If chosen to fill the seat on the county board, King aims to encourage the county to do better at supporting the better business community.

"It would build up jobs," he says. "It would (also) build up the tax community. It's really a win-win situation."

But King doesn't plan to stop there. He also intends to address issues involving land use and urban and rural reserves. He hopes to make those reserves less of a hinderance for small communities to grow and flourish when they are in danger of out-growing their boundaries.

He also wants to be active in restoring a healthy relationship between the county and Metro and addressing some sewer issues the county has been facing.

Though he has some pretty big ideas he plans to take to the table if selected for the position, King says his purpose will remain the same: serving his community and people in general.

"I don't really have an agenda," he says. "I think there's a lot the county could still do to help communities out here. I just want to give back to the community."

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