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Gresham council incumbent shares ideas on housing, emergency services ahead of election

OUTLOOK FILE PHOTO - Janine GladfelterIncumbent Janine Gladfelter is running unopposed for reelection to Gresham City Council Position 6. She was appointed to fill the vacant seat in January 2017. Gladfelter, 52, has been a resident of Gresham for 15 years and is the manager of the Gresham US Bank branch. She is a member of the city's Finance Committee and served on the Community Development and Housing Subcommittee.

The Outlook recently chatted with Gladfelter regarding her priorities before the Nov. 6 election.

The Outlook: Why are you running for reelection?

Janine Gladfelter: I was at an event years ago and someone asked me, 'When are you going to run for council?' At the time I said never, but now I wouldn't change anything. I enjoy being a part of something where I can make a difference and I feel like I've got more work to do on this level.

Outlook: What have you learned while on council?

Gladfelter: I have learned a lot about policies and procedures — how all the moving parts connect. There are many people who participate, like the Neighborhood Associations are so active in the community. I think there will be more involvement, and more voices will be heard, which is important.

Outlook: What would be your focus in year one if elected?

Gladfelter: I am really anxious to get guidance from the task forces and listen to the voices in the community. I am excited about the Quick Response Vehicles being used by the Fire Department. I think that can be expanded further. That is something that is a new way of responding quicker and relieves other resources to be where they need to be.

Outlook: What is the biggest problem facing Gresham?

Gladfelter: Housing is something that is brought to us often, and the Housing Task Force should deal with that. This problem is larger than just us, we have to collaborate with the county and region. If there was a simple answer, it would already have been done. Many cities have tried many things, but we want to find the best solution within the parameters of what we can do.

Outlook: Would you change how council functions?

Gladfelter: We are really fortunate because everyone is different and not everyone has the same opinions. But we are respectful and in the end, it's not about any one of us, it's about the community. I may feel one way, but it may not be the right thing for Gresham. You can't go in with an agenda.

Outlook: What sets you apart as a candidate?

Gladfelter: I am a citizen of Gresham who loves where I live and wants to do what I can. Two of my priorities are safety and accountability. I think this is a wonderful place to live, and I'm honored to represent this city.

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