I am passionate and enthusiastic about the town I live in: Canby, Oregon. Can you say that about your town? I moved here 8 years ago with my family. I didn't know much about Canby at that time, except that it was a small, tight knit community with a strong agricultural base and a great county fair.
I work for Starbucks Coffee Company. I soon took the healm of the local Starbucks store here in town. Management in a fast-paced coffee shop has it's challenges, but it is also a great way to see your community one-one-one. I slowly got to know my customer's, their backgrounds, and why they worked or lived in Canby.
Starbucks believes in strong community ties and support. It was because of this that I initially got involved with the local Chamber of Commerce. That soon led to a position on the board, a vice president position on the board, and ultimately president, the position I hold today. I have become even more attune and in touch with the business community because of this position. I have come to have a keener understanding of what it means to "buy local" and support your neighbor. It is truly evident in this community.
Political aspirations have always been that pie-in-the-sky dream for me, that "maybe someday" goal. As I become more and more involved with businesses in the community and as I continued to build ties with friends in the community, the opportunity arose to run for city council. It seemed a natural fit for me. I had a good understanding of the town and what was truly important to the community; I knew I would maintain my integrity and focus in the position; I would also learn more about the political animal that is local city government.
I was appointed to the position of City Councilor in the Fall of 2009. I ran for re-election and won in the Fall of 2010. I have been honored and blessed to be able to serve as a councilor in this town. My decisions as councilor are always made honestly and with the city's best interest at heart. My decisions are based on what I feel are the best choices and directions for the city, tax payer money, and the livability of the community.
As I turn to running for mayor, I am guided by these same principles: community passion, fiscal attentiveness, and having an "open book" attitude when it comes to the issues of the city.
I heart Canby.