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Candidate a member of city boards, currently the Parks Board, along with the budget and audit committees

Mindy GarlingtonHello neighbors, I would like to share a bit about myself and ask that you consider voting me into the Gladstone City Council seat No. 6. I have worked at my current job for 28 years, working with other small businesses, corporations and government accounts as well.

Steve and I have been married for 38 years; the first 10 we lived where the Navy sent us, and the last 28 in Gladstone. We raised two children, bringing them up through our three Gladstone schools with graduations in 2001 and '03. Steve and I spent many hours coaching kids' sports, driving our children and countless others all around Clackamas County to games and tournaments. Our time was spent with many families in and around the Gladstone area; many of them we still call friends. We now have two married children and three grandsons.

My involvement with city boards currently includes the Parks Board, a monthly meeting, and I am vice-chair. Our board works really well together. We have done a lot of work on plans and projects, we are great information gatherers and have come up with some solid financial goals (as requested by the City Council) to support all of our parks. We believe in having any conversation needed to make certain we end up with as much available information to make the very best decisions possible for all Gladstone parks. This does at times start with one idea and end with another — that's the power of having the conversation.

I am also on Gladstone budget and audit committees. They meet about once a year or so. We work with city staff, the City Council and the audit company hired by the city to ensure we meet the budget the city sets.

I spent about a year with the Charter Review Committee. We worked together with timely goals culminating in an updated charter that the voters ultimately rejected. The rejection I feel was based solely on the role and responsibility of our city administrator versus a city manager. The rest of the work we did was really good, and I believe [it] deserves a second chance. I do hope to bring around a new committee with a solid charter that our community feels best represents the city and citizens of Gladstone.

Other volunteering I am involved in includes the Friends of Gladstone Nature Park, the Gladstone Food Pantry and St. Vincent de Paul food pantry. I am a homebound visitor at the Fountains at Town Center, I help with small projects at the Elks Club and, last but not least, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society Making Strides.

A few of my primary goals would be:

Making our parks a focused destination for Gladstone. Our latest tourism report states that the main reason others come to Gladstone is for our parks. I would like to see Gladstone capitalize on the parks as a tourist destination and tie that visit to our businesses and help our downtown grow.

I am super excited to see our library building happen. Of all city buildings in Gladstone, it will be the one place that all are welcome to gather, grow friendships, learn and just be. The books, the friendly faces and potential are priceless.

I know that I will be expected to be a liaison with one of our boards. I am ready for that. I will be at the meetings, become familiar with whichever one it is and try to be a help where I can. All boards work to resolve issues. I know it's important that those voices, ideas, plans and projects are relayed back to the council so that there is current information relayed each and every month.

Lastly, I would just like to say that I would do my best to support the city employees, the police and fire departments, our Public Works Department and Senior Center. I would like to see our Parks Department grow. I promise to help out where I can and be present to all neighbors when and where I'm needed.

Mindy Garlington's Gladstone City Council campaign website is at Garlington2020.com.


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