John Shepherd says he wants to make Hillsboro 'more fun' by bringing concessions to city parks

ShepherdTechnical writer John Shepherd has filed to run for Hillsboro City Council, taking on incumbent Kyle Allen in November's general election.

Shepherd, who works for Massachusetts-based Lionbridge Technologies, said he hopes to serve the city he loves. Shepherd has lived in Hillsboro for 24 years, and said serving as a city councilor would be a great way to give back to the city, and fill some of his time now that his children are grown.

"We love the city of Hillsboro," he said. "There are so many beautiful things about it."

If elected, Shepherd plans to work on making the city more fun, he said. He believes the city could benefit from putting "a little play into the live-work dynamic."

Knowing that the city's parks are a significant source of fun in the community, Shepard has an idea on how to make them even more fun.

"We have a number of parks that are really nice," he said. "I want to explore the idea of incorporating a theme park element into our parks."

As someone who really enjoys the food and atmosphere of amusement parks, Shepherd thinks ice cream and other amusement park-like vendors could enrich the city's parks and outdoor spaces.

"Hillsboro is a great place to live and work. Let's make it a great place to play," he said.

On the more serious side of Shepard's campaign, he would like to focus on low income housing and opportunities for the elderly, he said.

"I want to look into the possibility of creating areas for low income housing (such as mobile or tiny houses) in newly developed areas expressly for this purpose, and link these areas by new bus routes," he wrote on his campaign website. "For our elderly population, I'd like to look into ways to offer them some similar versions of the services our veterans currently enjoy, such as ride shares to various stores, restaurants, movies and medical offices."

Shepherd has not sought public office before, and called running for City Council his "first foray into serving the community."

In Hillsboro, the city council is divided into three geographic regions. Shepherd is running in Ward 2, which runs from 10th Avenue along Tualatin Valley Highway and Main Street to Cornelius Pass Road. The seat is currently held by first-term councilor Kyle Allen, who has filed to run for reelection.

Shepherd and Allen are the only contested candidates in this year's election, so far. Two others running for city council include Beach Pace in Ward 1 and incumbent Olivia Alcaire in Ward 3.

Candidates have until Aug. 27 to file the November election.

By Holly Bartholomew
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