If elected, City Council candidate would push for municipal performing arts theater

Nick Moon said he is running for Troutdale City Council as a way to start giving back to his community.

The 37-year-old candidate owns Tone Proper AV post-production Studio in Fairview where he masters analog music projects, and does audio consulting for music venues. Moon holds an audio engineering degree from Full Sail University.

He is being challenged for the City Council Position 5 by fellow newcomers Paul Wilcox and Deb Reuter. The seat is being vacated by Rich Allen, who decided not to file for re-election.

Tone Proper AV started in downtown Troutdale and now is located at 21968 N.E. Glisan St., in Gresham. Moon began his career as an audio engineer for pop musician and Corbett resident Gino Vannelli.

The Outlook met with Moon at his studio to ask about his priorities before the election.

THE OUTLOOK: Why are you running for election?

NICK MOON: I think that everyone at some point wants to serve and help. I own a business, so my whole life is based around serving other businesses or individuals. I've got kids here. I've got a family here, I've got a business here. I know a lot of people here. I really like the mayor. Maybe this is my time to try and do something helpful. So that's the basic reason.

OUTLOOK: If elected, what would be your focus on council?

MOON: My focus would be trying to do what's best for Troutdale, and serving as many people as I can. It's not about any individual, or any group of people, it's about everybody who lives here. I know we're not a very big city, but everyone still matters. There's a pretty diverse group of people here, and representing as many people as possible would be a big deal. Plus we have the urban renewal project going on. So my big push on that would be to see a performing arts theater. I think art is huge in any city, and of course I work in art. So I'm kind of an art guy. My family goes to Portland all the time for the children's theater. We go to the (Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall) for the symphony. I think arts is huge in the community, and we have such a big arts community here. I'd love to see a performing arts theater happen in that Urban Renewal District.

OUTLOOK: What sets you apart as a candidate?

MOON: I think what sets me apart is just being a business owner, and having a lot of experience dealing with people negotiating contracts. That's basically what I do: Find something that seems like it can't work or won't work, and make it work. That's my goal. "Oh we can't do this." OK, well let's back up. Let me spend a week diving into this project, and we'll find a way to make it work. That's my biggest strong suit.

OUTLOOK: What are the three biggest issues facing Troutdale?

MOON: The three biggest issues facing Troutdale, I think a lot of the issues stem from our proximity to Portland, which would be the homeless. I know in our neighborhood, we've had people living next to our (Morgan Meadows sign), we've had people living along (N.E. 257th Ave.) I think as Portland's population expands, that expands into Troutdale. So how do we deal with that influx of people, which also relates to housing, and how to deal with our growth as a city? We moved here in 2014, and my housing value has gone up considerably, which (at the price its valued now) we wouldn't have been able to afford it. That just keeps increasing. How do we deal with that? How do we deal with traffic, if there's even a solution to that one. Those are some of the big issues I'd like to face.

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