A look at Molalla candidates
With Oregon's mail-in ballots scheduled to be sent out on Oct. 14, the race for the Molalla mayor's seat, as well as three city council positions, will be on.
Molalla voters will have the opportunity to select a new mayor from Leota Childress, Scott Keyser and Jimmy Thompson.
In the city council race, voters must select three candidates from a group that includes: Carmon Carlos, Steven Deller, Jody Newland, Crystal Robles, Keith Swigart, and Josh Tompkins.
The deadline to register to vote is Tuesday, Oct. 13. All official drop-sites in Clackamas County are available 24 hours a day from Wednesday, Oct. 14, until 8 p.m. on election day (Nov. 3). Ballots we be mailed out Oct. 14.
Drop sites locally are: Molalla Public Library, 201 E. 5th St., Canby Civic Building, 222 NE 2nd Ave.; Canby's Arneson Garden, 249 S. Sequoia Parkway.
Here's a quick look at this year's candidates via excerpts from their voters pamphlet comments. For a full view of what they have to say, read the voters pamphlet.
Prior Governmental Experience: Mayor, City of Molalla; City Councilor, City of Molalla.
"We need a leader who can hit the ground running. With eight years of service to our community as mayor and city councilor, eight years of experience in government administration, and a master's degree, I am uniquely suited to the challenge. With your vote, I will lead the charge. I will request a comprehensive review of all fees the city charges. I will make sure the limited resources we have go to purposes for which they are intended. I will continue to improve transparency and connection within our community and do my best to be a mayor the citizens will be proud of over the next four year
Prior Governmental Experience: City Councilor 2016-2020; Council President; Clackamas County Community Advisory Board
"I believe in dreaming beyond circumstances and have a vision of a lively and thriving town to serve the local area, attract visitors, and encourage economic development. I am dedicated to Molalla and its people. My experience is an asset in the business of managing the City of Molalla. I feel a moral obligation to be a good steward of peoples' money and make fiscally sound decisions. While I am called a proven leader, I think I'm a bus driver. A Leader has followers. A bus driver gets people onboard and they make the trip together. Much more fun."
Prior Governmental Experience: None
"As mayor, I will address the ongoing issues with road maintenance, sewage treatment, and predicted future water shortages. I will ensure that funding gets used for its intended purpose and look forward to building a better working relationship between the city and our local businesses. Other goals on my agenda will include cadet and K9 programs for our police department, helping Molalla Youth Sports find more indoor and outdoor facilities, and striving to bring about more social activities for kids and adults alike."
MOLALLA CITY COUNCIL
Prior Governmental Experience: None "I am, a lifelong resident of Molalla, I understand the nuances and needs of the community. As a graduate of Molalla High School myself, and mother to students within the school district, I am well versed in the needs of our teachers, students, and staff. As an independent contractor in a local business, I recognize the growth potential, and needs of Main Street. Molalla is at a pivotal crossroads, developers would love nothing more than to build and expand our boundaries, it's going to take tact, and cool heads to address the housing to infrastructure deficit, while also keeping costs down, and affordable for the families who call Molalla home. Carmon Carlos is exactly who Molalla needs on its City Council."
Prior Governmental Experience: None
"I am running for Molalla City Council to be an open suggestion box for the people of our city. I have had the opportunity to chat with most of my neighbors since moving to Molalla in October of 2018, and all of them have great ideas about how we can improve things, yet most of those ideas don't seem to be heard, let alone acted upon by our current city council. It is time for that to change. I will be honest and transparent and will do my homework so I can represent you."
Prior Governmental Experience: Molalla City Council
"As a Mexican American, my family has worked hard to give back to our community and in our business, we continue to do so. Our goal is to be the Family Store where everyone feels comfortable and recognized. This is my goal as a City Councilor. I would like to connect our diverse Community, find ways to further improve Parks/Recreation, City Streets, and much more. We can all accomplish what we would like to see improved in our city if we all come together and let our voice be heard and shared. I've seen our City come together, help one-another in such a powerful way, if we use that same fortitude towards attending/ involving ourselves in city meetings, imagine the endless possibilities our community can accomplish."
Prior Governmental Experience: Molalla Budget Committee; Molalla City Council; Molalla Library Board Liaison
"I would like to find more ways for our city to communicate and involve the citizens of Molalla. We are not the same city we used to be. Don't judge today, or our future, by the Molalla of yesterday. Come and meet the leaders of today, both on staff and council. We need your input as we continue to learn and grow in our quest to serve Molalla better. Recently, my husband and I celebrated 25 years of marriage. We have two grown children, and two still at home. My belief in God and love of family defines who I am. My philosophy of leadership is to lead by example, have a joyful spirit, be humble, and be willing to admit when you are wrong."
Prior Governmental Experience: Molalla Planning Commission; MRSD Budget Committee
"I will work to represent all of the people of Molalla; approaching every issue and question with an open mind. This means I will listen to the voices of the community and give careful consideration to what people have to say. My campaign has been run according to this principal as I have met with the mayoral candidates, city staff, church leaders, and local business owners in an effort to gain a well-rounded view of our opportunities and challenges. Goals for serving on the City Council: 1. Keep public safety a priority; 2. Create local jobs by encouraging responsible development and business growth; 3. Focus on resolving critical infrastructure needs."
Prior Governmental Experience: Elected to Molalla City Council in 2016. Appointed Mayor of City of Molalla in 2019
"During my time as mayor, I directed city staff, with council's approval, to work on economic development. The citizens of Molalla need family wage jobs. If elected to city council, I will work on my second passion, affordable housing because no American should be denied the great American dream. I believe housing should be truly affordable, and not taxpayer funded. There are many people that lost their job, their homes, and/or credit ratings due to Covid 19. These people should have our sympathy and our help to come back from this disaster. As Mayor, I found that I had less time for commitment to this. As a councilor, I will have more time to work on correcting the unjust housing opportunities afforded the hard-working people of our community.
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