Council hopefuls share their visions
Within the past few months, both Sandy City Councilors Olga Gerberg and Don Hollis have resigned their positions, leaving two empty council seats. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, the City Council will interview candidates to fill Gerberg and Hollis' terms.
Five people have thrown their hats in the ring for consideration.
Lee is a Sandy native, a member of the city of Sandy Budget Committee and a former representative for House District 51. She is currently self-employed in water and energy resource services and the principal of a consulting firm.
In her application, Lee expressed she was interested in joining City Council because she "(appreciates) the working knowledge and congeniality among the councilors and staff."
"I would appreciate having the opportunity to work with the council and city staff in structuring the city's future," Lee wrote. "I support the measured growth that is occurring with council guidance and the open process with which the council welcomes the community."
She also detailed how important she feels the act of "building resources" is, listing the Sandy Community Campus project, the arts committee and rebranding initiative as key endeavors to accomplish that goal.
"All of those efforts require carefully planned infrastructure, attention to transportation and acknowledged community support and careful financial oversight," she added. "I would like to be a part of the team that brings these projects to fruition."
A Sandy High School graduate, Horttor has lived in Sandy all his life, excluding the 11 years he served abroad in the U.S. Navy.
"I want to be part of the solutions to keep Sandy a great city to live in," Horttor said in his application.
Horttor hopes his years of experience in the Navy and working in meter services field operations for Portland General Electric will provide a good background of knowledge for him to pull from as a councilor.
"These (positions) have given me a broad, level thinking way to approach decisions," Horttor noted.
A longtime resident of Sandy, Cubic has worked in state government for more than a decade.
"I have pride in my community and have recently started my own small business," Cubic said. "I believe that I will bring innovative ideas and strategies to this position to improve our community and the lives of our residents. ... I care deeply about our community, and I am proud to say that I'm from Sandy."
In her position as operations and policy analyst for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), she has dedicated her career to serving others and also spent a great deal of time studying and developing and implementing policies.
"With my experience in government I understand the politics and red tape that keep innovative ideas from moving forward," Cubic said. "With my background I think that I would bring a different perspective and also knowledge about how Sandy can be collaborative and connect with the different resources in our state. I am a strong communicator, both orally and written."
Smallwood is a Sandy High graduate and longtime firefighter and paramedic for the Sandy Fire Department.
"Working in public service in a diverse community, I believe I would bring a unique perspective to the council," she noted. "I enjoy collaborative thinking and work well with the public and private entities."
She has served on the county EMS committee and the Sandy Budget Committee.
"Participation on the City Council will provide a valuable opportunity to participate in the future of our community," Smallwood said. "Living in a growing community is an exciting challenge for civic leadership and the current direction of the City Council has a unique opportunity to provide the groundwork for the future."
A senior project manager, Wunderlin is a rather new resident to Sandy, but with his outside perspective, he hopes to bring fresh ideas.
He admitted in his application that he has minimal government experience, but with his "technical skills" in construction and automotive work, Wunderlin isn't afraid to be hands-on when needed and sees those skills "translate to problem solving."
"I have concerns, as I'm sure many do, as this area continues to grow/expand, and want to ensure the public realm of Sandy is kept in good standing," Wunderlin said. "This is one of the most beautiful cities in Oregon, and I'd like it to stay that way. I'm a hard worker that's eager to learn and wants this city to be a staple in Oregon's economy."