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With pharmacy career nearing its end, local resident wants to help city succeed in the future

JASON CHANEY - Patricia Jungmann wants to help the city grow responsibly.

Patricia Jungmann now has a grandchild living in her home community of Prineville.

She wants to help ensure that his hometown provides him a good environment to live and to grow as a person.

To achieve that goal and address local issues, she has filed to run for one of three open Prineville City Council positions.

Jungmann has spent the past 10 years of her life in Prineville and has plans to stay here with her husband for the rest of their lives. Currently the manager of the local Rite-Aid Pharmacy, the 59-year-old mother of three is eyeing retirement after a more than 30-year career in the pharmacy profession. A volunteer throughout her life, she wants to take on a volunteer council position and "keep the city as perfect as it has been" for her grandchild as well as her husband and two children who live here.

"This is a little Americana that not too many people know about," she said. "We want to make sure it stays like this for future generations."

Jungmann comes from Longview, Washington, where she was born and raised, and graduated high school. She moved south of the Columbia River to attend college, first going to Mount Hood Community College then enrolling at Oregon State University, where she completed her pharmacy degree.

She spent much of her long career working in hospital pharmacy, and more recently took a position at Hans Pharmacy, which segued into a job at Rite-Aid when Hans sold and transferred its business there.

Though Jungmann is interested in keeping the community the way it is, she clarifies that growth and embracing new industries is part of that effort. She notes that Prineville has transformed in recent years from a mill town to a silicon city known for its Facebook and Apple data centers.

"That has been very good for our economy," she said. "The times change and the city has to change, but you can still keep the same sort of standards and beliefs of the last 100 years."

However, Jungmann advocates for responsible growth where community leaders make plans during economic changes and city growth. She stresses that city leaders need to plan for proper infrastructure, spend responsibly, and make sure they have plenty of money saved in reserve accounts.

"It can change in just a moment," she said of the local economy. "We don't know what the future holds."

Also, coming from a career in the pharmacy field, Jungmann hopes to address medical concerns in the community. She points out that there was a time when the community had better local access to surgeons and physicians.

"Being where I work, I hear a lot of complaints about that," she said. "I think for future growth, we are going to have to look at that. I'm not sure how much a city council person can do in that regard, but when it comes to our medical in this community, we need to really start looking for some solutions because there are some big problems."

Three Prineville city councilors and the city mayor will be elected during the upcoming general election and take office in early January 2019. The election will take place on Nov. 6.

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