Meet the Canby City Council candidates
Campaign signs are popping up on billboards, street corners and in front yards. Facebook is ablaze with political posts. The candidates' faces are filling up the commercial breaks. It must be election season.
Oregon's mail-in ballots are scheduled to be sent out Oct. 14, and Canby residents will have choices to make on who they want to see fill the four open City Council positions. Brian Hodson will once again fill the mayoral seat, as he is running unopposed for his fifth term.
In the city council race, voters must select four from a group that includes: Jordan Tibbals, Sarah Spoon, Jason Padden, James Hieb, Traci Hensley and Christopher Bangs.
Once decided, voters can drop off their ballots at a drop site 24 hours a day between Wednesday, Oct. 14, and 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3.
Local drop sites are located at the Canby Civic Building, 222 N.E. Second Ave.; and Arneson Garden, 249 S. Sequoia Parkway.
Jordan Tibbals believes the Canby City Council needs the perspective of the next generation of parents, and he would like to be the one to offer that perspective.
"With each and every step I take in life, I keep these four words in mind: Our children are watching," Tibbals said as part of his voters' pamphlet submission.
Tibbals describes himself as a disciple of Jesus, a father, a husband and a defender of freedom.
"Our inalienable rights are endowed by our Creator, and as such, the government has no right to infringe upon them," he said.
He envisions a community that is safe under the protection of first responders and where small businesses are thriving.
"I will not Portland our Canby!" he said.
Tibbals graduated with a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Oregon State University. He has worked in the U.S. Marine Corps as a military police officer and now works as an agricultural commodity trader.
He has no prior governmental experience.
Sarah Spoon is driven by her love of Canby, and that includes all the people in it.
"I believe all people have inherent value," she said in her pamphlet statement. "I seek to welcome and honor the dignity of all people regardless of race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, age, religion or ethnicity."
Spoon describes herself as an optimist who believes in finding common ground even when conversations begin with participants not seeing eye to eye.
She envisions a community that remains affordable for its residents and where people shop Canby first.
"I promise to approach every problem we face and every vision we create with the same goal: to shape a community where my four kids will want to return to raise their children," Spoon said, "just as I returned to raise mine."
Spoon is a Canby High graduate and attended Chemeketa Community College and Syracuse University. She has worked in real estate and business development and currently is a small business owner.
Her governmental experience includes serving on the Canby City Council since January 2017.
Jason Padden is all about serving others.
"In Andover, New York, the community I grew up in, I began serving as a teenager," Padden said in his pamphlet submission.
Padden went on to be a student leader at his college and has carried on that level of service throughout his life. He has served on the Canby Lions Club, committees at Canby United Methodist Church and more.
He describes himself as a strong leader who is passionate about involving others.
Padden envisions a community with adequate library and street funding, that has a dog park and that is pedestrian and ADA friendly. He wants to keep partisan politics out of council decisions.
Padden has associate and bachelor's degrees from State University of New York at Cobleskill in plant science. He has worked in sales, as a logistics manager and as a compliance coordinator. He currently is a plant broker and a volleyball official.
Padden's prior governmental experience includes serving on the Canby City Council, the Canby budget committee, library board liaison, bike and pedestrian committee liaison, street maintenance task force and urban renewal advisory board.
Mayor runs unopposed
Brian Hodson is running for his fifth term as mayor of Canby and his fourth unopposed.
"It has been an incredible adventure these past eight years, and I look forward to what the next few have in store," Hodson said.
Hodson likes being mayor for several reasons, the first of which is the great people he has had the chance to meet and interact with.
"Whether it is sitting with my friend Maxine hearing what a class of third graders envision for our city or having coffee with someone who doesn't agree with a position I have taken, it is always valuable," Hodson said.
Hodson also likes hearing people's stories, being able to help shape where the city is going and the challenges and emotions that come with being the mayor.
Even though Canby sits at almost the lowest point in the valley, Hodson envisions the city as being a bright shining light on the hilltop.
"Many have always talked about 'The Canby Way,' and that was shown during these recent wildfires," Hodson said. "We see The Canby Way when a family is in need and people come together to support them. We see The Canby Way in our preservation of our history as we look to the future. We see it when we gather in small groups or by the thousands at Wait Park to celebrate, unite and pray.
"I want Canby to continue to be the bright light," he said.
James Hieb is running for city council because he loves his hometown.
"My parents were married in Canby and other than the years my dad served in the Army and I served in the U.S. Marine Corps, I have always resided in the Canby area," Hieb said in his pamphlet statement.
Hieb describes the Sept. 11 attacks as having a deep impact on him. He recalls gathering at the fine arts center to mourn and pray. It was at this time that he decided to join the Marines.
He said now that he has returned to Canby, he would like to continue to serve in a new capacity and would be honored to receive your vote.
Hieb has an associate degree in business from Clackamas Community College and studied business at Oregon State University. He has worked in residential construction, as a farmer, as an apartment cleaner and in the U.S. Marine Corps. He currently works as a teacher and director at Building Blocks Early Learning Center.
His prior governmental experience includes serving as the elected precinct committee person for North Canby.
Traci Hensley keeps this purpose in mind: working for the people.
"I believe councilors are elected to work for you," she said in her voters' pamphlet submission. "We have a responsibility to our neighbors and business community to be committed to protecting our livability, our values, our public safety and everyone's constitutional rights, property rights and business ownership."
Hensley has volunteered in the community as a founding member of the Canby Suicide Prevention Task Force, as part of the American Legion and as an Operation Snuggle volunteer.
She envisions a community with growing businesses and a small-town feel. In order to accomplish that, she believes the next focus should be to pay off urban renewal debt to return those tax dollars to parks, schools, fire and public safety.
Hensley graduated from Milwaukie High School. She has worked in inventory control and as chair of the safety committee at Stanley Hydraulic Tools. She currently is self-employed in direct sales.
Her governmental experience includes serving on the Canby City Council since 2011, the urban renewal agency, the traffic safety commission and the Clackamas County coordinating committee.
Christopher Bangs simply wants to contribute, and that is what he is doing by running for city council.
"I have always taught my students that our democracy depends on ordinary people standing up and asking, 'How can I contribute?' That is what I am doing now," Bangs said in his pamphlet submission.
He notes that political quarreling between Democratics and Republicans has gotten so bad that they hardly recognize each other as fellow citizens anymore.
He would like to see Canby remain outside of all of that.
He describes himself as a candidate with no political agenda but rather one with "two ears ripe for listening and two eyes seeking the middle ground."
Bangs sees Canby as "great already" and envisions the town maintaining its vibrant downtown, excellent parks, successful small businesses and working family wages. He wants police, fire and schools to continue providing a safe, inviting community in which to raise children.
Bangs has a bachelor's degree in history from Portland State University and a master's in teaching from Lewis & Clark College. He has worked as a teacher at Canby High School for 20 years.
He has no prior governmental experience.
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