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"I believe in an open Metro government that plans regionally to meet the challenges of transportation, affordable housing, waste reduction, and climate change for the future or our rapidly growing region."

25 years in the Stafford area. Homeowner, small business owner, environmental consultant and planner. I understand how Metro works, how citizens can be part of that work. I’m a strong believer in the Oregon way of doing things. And I believe climate change is the responsibility of humans – now.

Experience in environmental consulting (hydrologist and environmental chemist). Teacher. Government planner. Activist (environmental and tax fairness issues). Small business owner. Long-time resident of this area. Committed to open government and true public service.

I need your help to win this regional seat. Metro is doing good work but we can do even better by providing more progressive, pro-active, transparent government. The issues we face are huge, and I have the experience and skills to be part of this team.

There are more than 20 local governments within Metro District 3. Our area is the largest economic region and fastest growing in Oregon. Metro has the unique ability to bring these different governments together on behalf of all the people of the region and to represent them before Salem and Washington, DC.

Gerritt's Blog

On April 5th, I submitted a letter to Metro regarding the SW Corridor Technical Evaluation and the March 11 Draft Regarding Direct and Indirect Connections.

Yes, it's technical, lengthy, and probably boring to most people. But this is why I'm running for Metro: I understand the technical aspects of these issues, and, more importantly, I understand the "real world" implications of technical plans. Give the letter a look: rather than sinking my comments in jargon and technical language, I make my points in plain English. So my comments have meaning to the technical staff but also to citizens who are not experts. That's what I'll deliver as your Metro Councilor.

Yesterday was the day for a joint interview with Craig Dirksen. The interview was about an hour and was largely cordial. As usual, WW is somewhat cryptic in is attitudes and questions were not particularly pointed. Fortunately or unfortunately, both Mr. Dirksen and I agree that transportation is the biggest problem in the SW Metro area. I said Metro was 5 years behind in planning for growth. Mr. Dirksen said it was due to public outreach.

WW seems to think Mr. Dirksen is not “a conservative”, but I suspect that is more their attitude of their own editorial policies.

I also stressed that Metro needs to do more about potential disaster planning and be more of a leader on climate change. I noted that I would bring a rural representation to the urban slanted Metro council.

Their closing question was about our favorite food cart. Mine was always Taste of India on 5th.

Issues facing our region

Metro has few responsibilities as wide-ranging and vital as transportation. Our regional system, roadways and mass transit, need to be upgraded to meet environmental challenges and to continue to serve our area’s businesses, schools, and families.

Protection of our rural lands is a vital responsibility for Metro. Whether it’s agricultural, recreational, or scenic beauty, we have to build on Metro’s record of achievement to do even better. The future is fast approaching, and Metro has the resources to meet that challenge. I have the experience and skills to be part of the leadership at Metro and in our community.

As our region grows and our need to reduce our carbon footprint intensifies, we will need to work on better connectivity to recreational opportunities for people who don’t want to, or cannot, use private vehicles. I will work to expand this vision for the rest of the 21st century.

Metro needs to help local governments provide affordable housing that meets the need of a growing population and reduces, not move around, homelessness. Expanding the urban growth boundary won’t solve the problem, but it would push more people away from needed services. Metro needs to be a leader in providing safe shelter for those most in need.