Council candidate has hopes for former racetrack site
John Miner, 66, is running unopposed for Wood Village City Council position 4, and will replace incumbent Mark Clark who did not file for reelection
Miner served on the Wood Village's Design Review Board in the 1970s, and served as the superintendent of the Gresham-Barlow School District before retiring in 2010. Recently, he has volunteered on Wood Village's Task Force and the city's Budget Committee.
The Outlook met with Miner at the Wood Village Town Center to discuss his priorities for the upcoming election.
THE OUTLOOK: Why are you running for election?
JOHN MINER: It's pretty simple for me. I've lived in East County for a long time. I've been fairly active working in East County. I retired from the Gresham-Barlow school district. I've been involved in community efforts, and community affairs in the various roles I've had. I really believe all of us need to take some responsibility for where we live. I'm retired at this point, though I'm consulting some, but I have some time for service. I like Wood Village. We've had family property here since 1965. We came back to that property a couple of years ago. My wife and I really like Wood Village. I like the way the city government functions. They work well together. They've got good strong leadership. I just went through a permit process (for a house remodel). They got it done fast. It does have a small-town feel. It's a great place for us to live, and I like the kind of things that are starting to happen in Wood Village. Other than that, I just have a deep interest in what goes on around here.
OUTLOOK: What will be your focus on council?
MINER: This vacant 32-acre property that used to be (the Multnomah Greyhound Park dog track). The Grande Ronde Tribe bought the property (tore down the grandstand structure), and they recently put back it on the market. That's a great opportunity for this little town. There's just not a lot of 32-acre parcels in the metropolitan area that are on the market and are zoned multi-use right now. So it's a great opportunity. That's a piece of the growth that is going to have to be thought through. The growth and construction in Wood Village is really important to me. I think there's tremendous opportunities. I think within this small community there's really an opportunity to really serve people. Hopefully, I can contribute. Hopefully, I can help as a team member.
OUTLOOK: What sets you apart as a candidate?
MINER: If I was running against someone, I would point to my professional background. I've been working with boards for a lot of my career. I was on the other side, and the board was often my boss, but I've had to work with boards in various capacities. I've got a pretty good background in working in large organizations.
OUTLOOK: What are the biggest issues facing Wood Village and why?
MINER: The growth and development of the greyhound dog track. That's got to be developed really thoughtfully. There are codes that restrict certain things and allow others. It's an opportunity. (Another major issue) is road construction. There's also crime and how do you make your community safe. I don't see of any of those as challenges, I see them as opportunities.
OUTLOOK: Anything else you would like to share?
MINER: I'm looking forward to being a part of it, and doing my little part.