As a long-time Manzanita resident, I have these same desires. And I believe that it’s time for us to step up and make positive change happen. For these reasons, I am announcing that I will run for mayor in the November election. As a retired educator and former business-owner who has lived in this area since 1992, I would like to implement policies with advisory support and input from the community.
I envision Town Hall Meetings where residents ask questions and receive thoughtful answers. I envision a long-term plan that includes sidewalks and bike paths. I envision affordable housing that brings in a vibrant work force. I envision a Planning Commission that is well-trained to maintain the natural characteristics of our neighborhoods defined by our founding fathers. I envision a return to the Comprehensive Plan, a compassionate plan that is the law of our city — with clear policies to support our future plans. I envision a city where residents’ needs outweigh those of special interests. I envision a balanced view that looks ahead ten and twenty years, and addresses environmental concerns as well as how we want our neighborhoods to be developed, serviced and maintained. I envision a balanced budget that is sustainable.
I look forward to discussing your concerns over the next several months and sharing my views with you. It’s time the residents’ voices are heard.