Wilsonville letters to the editor
Akervall leads with humility
Our family strongly endorses Wilsonville City Council President Kristin Arkervall as she seeks her second term on Wilsonville City Council. Since being elected in November 2016, Kristin has led with grace and a strong sense of humility, something so hard to find these days in local politics. Kristin is intelligent, thoughtful, well organized and approachable. She takes the time to listen and learn from constituents. Kristin has been an advocate for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) since day one. She was one of the council members who voted in 2017 for Resolution No. 2626, A Resolution Declaring The City of Wilsonville a Welcoming and Inclusive City which was one of the first steps in bringing DEI to the forefront of our community. She was the only City Council member who attended the Multi-City Equity Summit in 2019, and also attended the " Leading for Equity Conversation" by the West Linn-Wilsonville School District.
In addition to serving as council president, she is the council liaison to the Willamette Intake Facilities Commission and the Library Strategic Planning Committee. While on Council she has served as the chair of the Town Center Plan Task Force and Transit Master Plan Task Force.
Shawn and Yumi O'Neil,
Fitzgerald values our pocketbooks
For mayor, I support the one candidate who understands the finances of Wilsonville. Julie Fitzgerald was on Wilsonville City Council when I was the Budget Committee Chair. During the budget meetings Julie was present, prepared and asked insightful questions indicating her understanding of the city's budget. Her background includes dealing with finances and developing her management expertise.
Her opponent didn't seem to realize he was on the Budget Committee although it is an obligation of Council members. A member of the current Budget Committee told me he has never attended a Committee meeting, even those that were virtual. Yet he voted for the past two Wilsonville city budgets!
Don't you want your mayor to be at least interested in how your money is being spent? Vote for Julie Fitzgerald for Mayor of Wilsonville.
Akervall has the experience we need
I have known Kristin Akervall and her family since 2009 when we both moved onto the same street in Wilsonville. Having known Kristin for eleven years, I can speak from personal experience that she is the right person to continue to lead Wilsonville's City Council to find solutions to our challenges now and moving forward.
Kristin has the experience we need. Kristen was elected to the Council in 2019 and now serves as its president. Prior to that, she served on the City's Development Review Board and the West Linn-Wilsonville School District's Budget Committee. In each of her positions, Kristin has kept the interests of her community at heart. She is a kind, thoughtful, and motivated person with an analytical mind who brings her expertise and willingness to collaborate to the council.
Please join me in voting for Kristin Akervall, a proven leader, for Wilsonville's City Council.
I endorse Fitzgerald for mayor
I became acquainted with Julie Fitzgerald when she first joined the City Council and was immediately impressed by her ability to focus and truly listen in order to learn more about and understand the other person's perspective. As I got to know her, it became clear that these inherent traits had no doubt contributed significantly to her effectiveness as a philanthropic executive and success as a fundraiser for major highly respected nonprofit organizations. Furthermore, her achievement as a Certified Fundraising Executive is awarded only after extensive professional experience and study.
Having served in similar capacities, I know first-hand that her professional successes would have required excellent skills in detailed creative planning and implementation of a wide range of programs as well as team building, management, leadership and both public speaking and interpersonal communications. It's also crucial to have a high degree of respect for people of various backgrounds and cultures and an ability to communicate across that spectrum. And it is important to have a gracious sense of humor. All of which Julie has exhibited in my view.
I rarely publicly endorse candidates for office, but I am pleased to heartily endorse Julie Fitzgerald for mayor of Wilsonville.
We trust Akervall
We have lived in Wilsonville since 2006 and we have known Kristin Akervall for the past five years. We strongly support Kristin for re-election to Wilsonville City Council.
Kristin is a collaborative, communicative and curious leader who is committed to helping Wilsonville become an even better place to live and work. We trust Kristin. She works for Wilsonville, not for outside special interests.
She is a can-do and go-to councilor who is very approachable and who proactively follows-up and follows-through on our needs. Kristin takes time to ask for feedback and incorporates that feedback. She engages others to thoughtfully understand issues and makes decisions that balances current and future Wilsonville needs.
Kristin's energy and enthusiasm is contagious and we have full faith that Kristin is the right leader to continue to support our wonderful city!
Rachel and Trevor Franklin,
Linville uses grassroots fundraising
There's been lots of talk on social media recently regarding the campaign finances of the candidates for Wilsonville mayor and city council. I can speak personally about one of the candidates for a council position - Joann Linville. I've known Joann for the past nine years. I've been assisting with her campaign's financial transactions since the city council campaign began. I can attest to the fact that she has run a completely transparent campaign from the very beginning. She has accepted ZERO contributions from special interests. In fact, she declined to accept one such sizeable contribution. To date, Joann has received 127 contributions, none for more than $300. They've all came from Wilsonville residents.
Joann has never held a single questionable fundraising event such as one offering inducements like wine and political chats, and she has never received a cent of money from any kind of Political Action Committee whose real funding is hidden.
Joann has run an honest and fair campaign. She's my candidate for City Council.
Wilsonville needs Linville's leadership on the City Council
A critical election that will define Wilsonville's future lies ahead. We urge a vote for current City Councilor Joann Linville to enable her to continue to provide the experienced, intelligent leadership we need on the Wilsonville City Council.
There are many reasons why Joann is the right and best choice to continue on the City Council, and why she's best positioned to tackle the issues and challenges that lie ahead for the city.
She's a careful, thoughtful listener and information processor who keeps an open mind on all matters; she's an impartial, independent thinker; she communicates respectfully, intelligently, articulately and thoughtfully; she's a consensus builder who does the homework necessary to lead constructive, focused Council dialogue; she synthesizes complex information well, and is able to articulate alternatives and positions with precision; and she always strives to drive Council dialogue and decision-making toward outcomes that best serve Wilsonville residents' interests.
Through her collaborative leadership and forward-looking vision, Joann has earned the opportunity to continue to serve us for another four years on the Wilsonville City Council. Please make a wise investment in Wilsonville's future, and VOTE FOR JOANN LINVILLE FOR WILSONVILLE CITY COUNCIL.
Larry and Leslie Walker,
Fitzgerald will show up and represent us
Julie Fitzgerald is the smart choice for mayor. During her time as councilor, she proved she is thoughtful, well-prepared, and knowledgeable about the issues facing our community. She will provide strong leadership and continue to advocate for Wilsonville's interests with the many entities that have a say in our quality of life. Clackamas and Washington Counties, the state and federal governments all have a say in our liveability and we need a mayor to show up and represent our interests. How is Ben going to represent Wilsonville at the many regional and state intergovernmental boards that our mayor attends if he can't even show up to a single budget committee meeting and misses more council meetings than any other councilor? He could have participated by submitting questions ahead of time, but he didn't. Listening later is NOT AN OPTION for our mayor. How can we expect Ben to spend our tax dollars responsibly if he doesn't even participate in the committee charged with determining how our tax dollars are spent? He has failed to fulfill an essential part of what it means to be a City Councilor and frankly, I am outraged that he would even try to run for mayor when, clearly, he doesn't have the time to do the job. We need Fitzgerald, who will show up and represent ALL of Wilsonville, not catch up later after the decisions affecting us have been made.
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