Jan Lee, Jean Cubic to fill vacant Council seats
The Sandy City Council appointed two new councilors on Tuesday to replace recently resigned Councilors Olga Gerberg and Don Hollis.
Former House District 51 Rep. Jan Lee and Jean Cubic, policy analyst for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), will fill respective positions 4 and 6 on the council bench beginning Monday, June 4.
"I'm excited to see how many people are interested in being involved in our city," Councilor Scott Horsfall said.
Lee threw her hat in the ring for the appointment earlier this year after former councilor Lois Coleman retired, but the council appointed Horsfall for that position instead.
Lee had intentions of running for Horsfall's seat in November before she was appointed Tuesday evening.
"I'm really excited to get a chance to work with the other councilors," Lee told The Post following the appointment. "I think we can do a lot of good working together."
Lee grew up in Sandy and has served two terms on the Sandy Budget Committee, on the Clackamas County Planning Commission and worked with the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District.
She is self-employed in water and energy resource services and the principal of a consulting firm. While in the House, Lee served on committees concerning land and water use.
As a Sandy native, Lee has seen the growth in the city and both the good and bad effects it has had on the community.
She appreciates that the town has retained a "small town feel."
"I think the way the city has served the community is great," she said.
Among the issues she'd like to address as a councilor are affordable housing, 24-hour medical services — or the lack thereof — and the progress of the community center.
She cited a recent study, which said that 30 percent of the people in the state can't afford rent and 50 parent of people are spending 30 percent or more of their income on rent.
"(Affordable housing) is really an issue here," Lee said in her interview. "The more we become a bedroom community to Portland, the more we need to address that."
Since 2005, Cubic has worked in the state government, helping create policy to assist those in need. She said she hopes her initiative in volunteering on council will serve as a good example for her five children, four of whom attend schools in Sandy.
In her 13 years with SNAP, Cubic has sought to bring her knowledge of the assistance program and policy home to Sandy to benefit her hometown.
Cubic has been around to see the city boom and sees the convenience of stores like Fred Meyer and other services coming in as a positive for the growing community. However, she said she fears that the infrastructure of the city can't support its growth, and hopes to make that an issue the council addresses.
Her other goals include creating opportunities for people of "all generations" to enjoy recreation options in Sandy, and not have to leave town for sporting events and other activities. Like Lee, she said the issue of affordable housing and job availability must be addressed, as well as the traffic created by Highway 26 through Sandy.
"I'm always looking for the solution," Cubic told the council. "I don't like to dwell on what the problem is."
Part of how Cubic suggests the city find funding for these endeavors is through federal grants. She said there are several grant opportunities available that the city has left to tap into, and she hopes to help bridge the gap.
"I'm so excited," Cubic said. "I'm really looking forward to representing the city of Sandy and just serving the community. I've spent my career representing Oregon — to be able to do the same right here at home is so exciting."
Lee and Cubic will serve on their first Sandy City Council meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, June 4, in City Council Chambers, 39250 Pioneer Blvd.
Three council positions and the mayor's seat are up for election in November, including seats 1, 2 and 5 currently occupied by Jeremy Pietzold, Scott Horsfall and Carl Exner. Horsfall does not intend to run to retain his position.
Packets to declare your candidacy for council will be available on the city's website, www.ci.sandy.or.us, starting Friday, June 1.