Jeff Hindley seeks open Washington County commissioner seat
Jeff Hindley of Beaverton says he would bring a different perspective to Washington County government if he is elected as the District 1 commissioner.
Hindley is one of two candidates so far in the May 19 primary for the seat being vacated by Dick Schouten after 20 years. The other is Nafisa Fai. If there are three or more candidates, and no one wins a majority for the nonpartisan position, the top two finishers advance to the Nov. 3 general election.
District 1 takes in much of Beaverton and stretches to Aloha. Schouten is seeking an open seat in the Oregon Senate.
Hindley has worked for more than 20 years in Yamhill County government, currently as a supervisor for at-risk youth in the juvenile detention center in McMinnville. He sits on a couple of Washington County boards: Homeless Plan Advisory Committee and Rural Roads Operations and Maintenance Advisory Committee.
"I grew up here and love this county. I want it to be even better. Elected service is the logical next step for me," he said in a statement.
"I've worked around a lot of leaders and public officials; not all of them should be in the positions they are in. Most politicians are ideologically driven and do not support what voters truly want. I'm wary of government abuse of power and the misuse of taxpayer money. I'm a strong advocate against both of those and I believe we need more people like that in elected office."
This is his first bid for elected office.
Among his priorities if he is elected:
* Term limits for all elected county officials; limits would require voter approval of a change to the county charter.
* "More and improved car infrastructure" to improve commuting and lessen congestion.
* Increased drug education and prevention in schools to counter what he termed "pro-drug attitudes."
* A broader and more comprehensive approach to homelessness than in the county's current plan, which was adopted in 2018.
* A master plan for a tiny-home community within the county.
* More "fiscal responsibility" and opposition to tax increases, although voters approved an increased library levy in 2015 — most of the money goes to cities and community groups that run libraries — and a $77 million bond issue for the emergency radio communications network in 2016. The current county board is considering asking voters to increase the rate for the next five-year public safety levy on the May 19 ballot.
Hindley, 51, lives in Beaverton with his wife Tabitha, a registered nurse. They have two children, 20 and 26. He earned a bachelor's degree in organizational leadership from Columbia Southern University, an online institution based in Orange Beach, Ala., and a master's in theological studies from Multnomah University. He is working on a graduate certificate in public administration from the University of Virginia.
Hindley campaign website: https://jeff4washingtoncounty.com
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