Residents sound off on Woodburn mayoral race, oppose Woodburn Fire District levy

Lonergan has long history of service to community

I am writing to express my support for Frank Lonergan for mayor of Woodburn. I'd like to think I know a little something about the candidate, as he is my father. 

Many of my earliest memories of my dad also involve the city of Woodburn. From sitting on countless city boards, to serving as president of our Little League and Scout master of our local troop, my dad taught me about the importance of service and the value of actively contributing to our community. It is this example that eventually led me to accept an appointment to West Point and pursue a career in the military.

No one will ever know, other than my very supportive mother, how much the growth and development of Woodburn has been a central focus of my father's life during the course of his nearly 40 years of appointed or elected service to the city.

Simply put, my father is the most qualified person for this position and I know he will continue to build Woodburn into the prosperous and culturally rich community of which we can all be proud. 

Shawn Lonergan, Ph.D.

New York, N.Y.

Citizen to WFD: 'Learn to live within your budget'

As I look at my recent property tax bill and see how much taxes have gone up, I see how much money already goes to the fire district operating levy. Coupled with the additional amount that goes to the fire district from a fire bond.

Now the fact is that the fire chief wants additional money over and above what our taxes and the bond already go for to add to his operating levy for the next five years. Learn to live within your budget.

We all have budgets we have to live within and each year my property tax goes up. It takes away from my family budget. We have to adjust to stay within our budget.

In 1997, when three firefighter/apparatus operators were laid off due to lack of money, myself being one of them, we all had to adjust our budgets and cope with the amount of money we did or did not have to work with and adjust accordingly.

Since 1997, the fire district has recovered very well. They have bigger and better equipment and more personnel than we ever had to keep up with the increase in calls as the population goes up.

We also have a system in place called mutual aid. Other fire districts respond to nearby towns to help each other out. We also have a great ambulance system a few blocks from the fire station which is equipped to handle and help with medical calls.

I have a budget that I and all of you have to live within. We wish we had more money too.

I will be voting with my checkbook so my family and I can maintain our current budget.

I wish the fire district and firefighters the very best. But enough is enough.

Alan Shane


Lonergan has proven longtime commitment to Woodburn

I have known and worked with Frank Lonergan for over 40 years and I am convinced he is the right person to lead Woodburn into the future.

Frank's years of experience on many different city of Woodburn committees and the city council, together with his business background, gives him the ability to step right into being mayor of Woodburn.

Having been selected both Junior and Senior First Citizen shows his long-term commitment to making Woodburn a better place to live and work.

Phil Hand


Lonergan will make Woodburn a better place to live

Frank Lonergan is dedicated to Woodburn

Frank is a knowledgeable, experienced and thoughtful person who cares about Woodburn.

Frank listens and does what will make Woodburn better in the future.

I disagreed with Frank over the FIfth Street extension. I now know I was wrong. I use it on a regular basis to get to several destinations. Frank did the right thing.

Frank is dedicated to getting a community center.

That is what Frank will do, support the things that make Woodburn a better place to live.

Please join me in voting for Frank Lonergan for Woodburn mayor.

Nancy A. Kirksey


Swenson is involved, engaged in community

Woodburn has two good people running for mayor. One, Mr. Frank Lonergan, a retired businessman; the other, Eric Swenson, semi-retired, bilingual, public education administrator, now an instructor at Pacific University in Woodburn.

Eric will bring new ideas, enthusiasm and outreach to all Woodburn citizens. His involvement in, and experience with, Woodburn committees, boards, community organizations, and the Boys & Girls Club is remarkable. And, he is an all-time favorite of Woodburn students and parents!

We choose Eric Swenson for mayor!

Bob and Ellen Bandelow


With increasing taxes, how can citizens support WFD levy?

I am trying to understand where the money the Woodburn Fire District has taken in from all the new construction and higher home assessments on property taxes the last two years has gone? I am also wondering where the money will come from when the levy ends in five years? It looks like another levy will be in the works for 2023, if not before.

Have our board members thought it out or will they just keep thinking there is a neverending supply of money from retired and hard-working taxpayers?

At this time, I cannot support the bond levy that the Woodburn Fire District board is asking for.

John Harvey


Rotary grateful for support of Mud Sweat & Beers

On behalf of Rotary Club of Woodburn, we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to our generous sponsors and the overwhelming number of runners who turned out on Sept. 22 to make our fourth annual Mud Sweat & Beers event a tremendous success.

Mud Sweat & Beers, a 5K adventure run and brewfest, held each year at the Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm, features live music, local food, beers and wines. Runners come from all over Oregon and even out of state to take on the challenge of 20-some different obstacles across the course. Runners, individuals and teams, included family members of all ages and all skill levels.

The growing success of Mud Sweat & Beers makes it our primary fundraising activity with all proceeds going directly back into the Woodburn area community.

In striving to carry out Rotary International's motto, "Service Above Self," Rotary Club of Woodburn has been immersed over the years in projects that improve the health, safety and livability of our Woodburn community. In doing so, our club supports Woodburn Boys & Girls Club, the Woodburn Senior Center and we provide ongoing support to the community dental van where free dental care is available quarterly. We helped fund AEDs in Woodburn police vehicles, the wall mural on the Woodburn Independent building downtown and the gazebo in the Downtown Plaza. We have planted trees at the library and recently assisted in the purchase of a new scoreboard at the Woodburn High School football field.

We would also like to acknowledge and thank the Woodburn High School football team and Woodburn Rotaract Club for volunteering alongside our Rotary Club volunteers. In addition, Mud Sweat & Beers would be impossible without the hospitality of Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm.

Thank you to all who so generously support Mud Sweat & Beers!

Paul Iverson, President

Stan Milne, Treasurer

Rotary Club of Woodburn

Feedback on district's strategic plan welcome

The Woodburn School District has good news to share. We have updated our Strategic Plan, which can be found on our website at More than 200 people contributed to this document, and we are extremely grateful. It is important in that it guides our decisionmaking for the school district and its students for the next five years.

The Woodburn School Board also met in August to develop goals to support the plan. Our intent is to engage with multiple community stakeholder groups about our role serving the community and share this document. We also intend to work on our relationship, culture and operations to create a common understanding, improve communication and cultural competence, and unify our community.

We always welcome feedback from the people we serve. Please contact the school board at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your thoughts and suggestions.

Thank you.

Anthony Medina, Vice Chair

Woodburn School Board

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