Jerry Herrmann is a Gladstone resident and Margie Hughes is an Oregon City resident

Linda Neace, Gladstone city councilor, has been the subject of much interest and speculation. The Linda Jerry Herrmannwe know was involved in the city of West Linn and its Chamber of Commerce, where she worked to advance walking tours and to support West Linn's important "Willamette District," where her business was located. That business, "Bullseye Coffee," was a hub of activity and served as a community gathering place. The café was a place that groups could attend for many purposes, including sewing and knitting gatherings, general hospitality. She effectively transformed that café into the Willamette District's "Community Center." We also have observed her efforts in Gladstone, as councilor-appointee, and then as an elected official.

Some time later, I, Jerry Herrmann, Gladstone resident, was appointed to the Gladstone's Budget Committee and also its Parks and Recreation Committee. At that same time that I was serving on the city's Budget Committee, Linda Neace and I began advancing ideas to include tourism as a strategy for the city. Also at that time, Gladstone Margie HughesCity Council was looking at new revenue sources and our funding ideas for tourism were welcome. They needed a champion. Neace decided to be that champion. She and the City Council moved forward together and with their intuition, noted that Portland hoteliers were charging guests nearly 15 percent more to stay there and those guests would welcome an opportunity to stay in hotel/motel operations within a city such as Gladstone, where the rates will be more reasonable. She and the council's efforts have set the stage for a local tourism and community events effort that Gladstone would surely benefit from.

Nearby Oregon City's very successful Best Western Rivershore Hotel provides nearly $150,000 per year to Oregon City's tourism efforts through the method that now is in place in Gladstone. Her effort did not end there, as she went to the North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce and sought their assistance to help Gladstone's re-emerging and very successful Rotary Club sponsorship and staging of the city's Family Festival. Without her leadership that event would have been challenging. We believe her business acumen and selfless intent to make a difference for Gladstone should be considered by all.

Jerry Herrmann is a Gladstone resident and Margie Hughes is an Oregon City resident.

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