Races for council, mayor in Dallas entice 16 candidates | Information

Itemizer-Observer workers report

DALLAS – The races for Dallas mayor and metropolis council drew 16 candidates, three for mayor and 13 candidates for 5 seats up for election on Nov. 3. The I-O despatched questionnaires to every of the candidates. Beneath you can see their responses. As a result of massive variety of candidates, we’re printing responses over two weeks. Subsequent week will characteristic the responses from council candidates Kirsten Collins, Kim Fitzgerald, Zach Leigh, Terry Crawford, Zachary Brehm, Darcy Irving and Kathryn Rhoades.


Brian Dalton, 72

Present employment: Proprietor, Dalton Land & Cattle Co.

Schooling: Dallas Excessive College, Graduate, 1966; Colgate College, Hamilton, New York, BA in English, 1970; Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, Masters in Public Administration specializing in Metropolis Administration, 1972; and Military Command and Basic Employees School, Graduate, 1986.

Earlier authorities: Mayor, Metropolis of Dallas, 2011- Current; President, Oregon Mayors Affiliation, 2019; Dallas Metropolis Council, 2001-2010 (Council President, 2009-2010); Common US Military Officer, 1972-1993 (retired as an Lieutenant Colonel); and Administration Intern, Metropolis of Dallas, Summer season 1968.

Marketing campaign telephone quantity: 503-623-5406

Marketing campaign web site:  www.daltonformayor.com

How lengthy have you ever lived Dallas? 

Within the Dallas space (other than schooling and army service) — 72 years, 20 years inside the metropolis limits

Why are you working for workplace?

Being Mayor of Dallas is a superb honor and accountability.  I’m at present engaged in lots of consequential tasks for the development of our group with a number of extra on the horizon.  I’m significantly targeted on the success of our historic downtown because the cultural coronary heart and soul of our group.  On this and lots of different areas, there’s a lot left to do and I really feel that it can be crucial that I be right here to assist. 

What are the crucial points dealing with the town? How would you deal with them if elected?

Development — Dallas may be very in style, its charms guaranteeing continued sturdy inhabitants development, significantly as a result of work-from-home motion.  I’ll work ardently to make sure we accommodate this development whereas nonetheless sustaining our cherished small-town really feel.

Belief — In a tumultuous world, small cities like Dallas stand out for being responsive, progressive, competent and trusted by their residents.  Authorities have to be “us,” not “them.”

Price-Effectivity — Dallas has excelled at offering a big selection of wonderful providers at a remarkably low price for a few years.    This can be a delicate steadiness to take care of and I imagine it’s a noble pursuit. 

Prosperity — Dallas dangers changing into the bed room group for the employees in companies in surrounding cities.  This isn’t a sustainable mannequin.  We’d like extra jobs proper right here in Dallas, and I’ll pursue this goal relentlessly. 

What expertise or expertise do you imagine you’d deliver to the workplace that will profit the town?

I’ve the schooling, expertise, worldwide perspective (lived in London, Germany and Korea), foresight, household historical past of service to this group (in three centuries) and tirelessness to sort out each facet of the day by day calls for of being your mayor.  I discover the work exhilarating and experience its promise of bringing us a greater life.  My yr as President of the Oregon Mayors Affiliation brings with it the collective knowledge of the numerous profitable communities round us to bear on our have to reinvigorate our distinctive tradition. 

Anything you want to observe concerning the place you might be in search of?

Being mayor of Dallas is a outstanding privilege, some actual work and infrequently enjoyable.  I’d wish to carry on doing it.  

Nancy Adams, 69

Employment: Retired in 2016 as writer of the Polk County Itemizer-Observer in Dallas. Labored for Eagle Newspapers Inc., 1973 – 2016; 1973-1981 on the I-O; 1981 to 1994 writer of the Molalla Pioneer; 1994 –2016 writer of the I-O, together with serving different positions.

Schooling: Dallas Excessive College June 1969 diploma; Oregon School of Schooling, now Western Oregon College, Monmouth – graduated June 1973 with a Bachelor of Science diploma in Schooling and minor in Political Science.

Earlier authorities service: Dallas Financial Growth Fee 1994, served as chairperson from 1996 – 2016, City Renewal District Advisory Committee 2009 – current, Dallas 2030 Imaginative and prescient Committee 2014, Dallas Finances Committee 2017-present, present chairperson, Molalla Metropolis Council 1985 – 1989.

Marketing campaign FACEBOOK: http://www.fb.com/NancyforMayorDallas

How lengthy have you ever lived in Dallas? I used to be born and raised in Dallas and have lived right here for 56 years.

Why are you working for workplace? To be concerned in furthering the expansion of our metropolis and growth of our enterprise group and to share my deep love for my hometown. My dad and mom Curtis and Charlotte Lamb have been energetic in serving our group over time and raised their kids, Peggy, Warren, and I, to be passionate in our service to others and our group.

What are the crucial points dealing with the town? How would you deal with them if elected?

The adopted Dallas Strategic Plan of July 20, 2020 – displays my emotions on precedence points. I need to be a part of retaining the momentum going and reaching these objectives. 

Road Upkeep Plan — Deal with restore, enchancment of Dallas’ road infrastructure. The town has completed a superb job in doing a little main wanted repairs, the finances doesn’t have sufficient {dollars} to handle all road wants.

Water Storage — want for added water storage to serve all Dallas prospects is critical for future service wants and development.

Public Security Providers —wanted is shared public security services for fireplace/police locally for present and long-term operational wants. Key components to maintain our personnel present in coaching for his or her security and the residents they defend.

Deal with Dallas Companies — improve relationships with companies, enterprise affiliation teams. Wanted dialog with the companies to supply a plan that helps each enterprise.

What expertise or expertise do you imagine you’d deliver to the workplace that will profit the town?

I’ve developed a collaborative management type, good listening abilities and imaginative and prescient to see either side of the dialog. Expertise I discovered from working the native newspaper and dealing with present and prior enterprise homeowners, county, and metropolis leaders who guided and mentored me. My biggest lecturers have been my dad and mom, Curtis, and Charlotte Lamb. Curt served as Dallas Space Chamber Supervisor for a few years. In retirement he and spouse Charlotte Lamb, owned Bresler’s 33 Flavors Ice Cream in Dallas.

I at present function vice-president of the Dallas Retirement Village Board of Administrators. Previous president of Dallas Space Chamber of Commerce, and Kiwanis Membership; honored by Dallas Chamber of Commerce as Good Samaritan, First Citizen and Distinctive Household of the Yr- Lamb Household. Previous president of Molalla Chamber of Commerce and was honored to be Molalla Citizen of the Yr and the Molalla Kiwanis Membership Citizen of the Yr.

Anything you want to observe concerning the place you might be in search of?

Dallas is an excellent group full of individuals who step as much as assist our group develop and to assist when a mission wants doing, or somebody wants a serving to hand. I like Dallas and need to share my expertise, diligence, constructive management type as Mayor of Dallas.

James “Jim” Robertson, 57

Employment: Oregon Employment Division 1 ½ years; Dallas Walmart Asst Supervisor 1 yr and U.S. Navy (Retired Grasp Chief) 35 years

Schooling:  Smithton MO Excessive College Grad 1982; Diablo Valley School AA 1998; Trident College BS Enterprise Administration 2009 Magna Cum Laude; and Trident College MBA Human Assets Administration 2011 Cum Laude

Earlier authorities service: Metropolis Streets Citizen Council 2018

Marketing campaign web site:  https://www.fb.com/JimRforMayor/

How lengthy have you ever lived in Dallas? 19 years (20 in January)

Why are you working for workplace?

I need to assist Dallas flourish and I need to be certain that everybody advantages from this prosperity. I’ll take heed to the residents and convey these issues to the town council.

I want to see extra household pleasant occasions and actions for our children and grandkids. I’ll give suggestions to the council based mostly on my conversations with residents.

I would love Dallas to turn into a metropolis of balanced development by contemplating residential development in relation to enterprise development. I need to encourage new companies to affix our city, offering extra jobs and higher high quality of life for all.

What are the crucial points dealing with the town? How would you deal with them if elected?

Dallas & Polk County have superb Legislation Enforcement Groups.  That being mentioned, the inhabitants in Dallas has elevated tremendously over the past 10+ years and our Police power has had restricted development.  We have to be certain that our metropolis is protected and that’s going to be completed by rising our police presence all through the town in addition to equipping them with wanted security and survival tools. 

We additionally want to take a look at our different first responders, Hearth and EMS.  We’re in want of enhancements inside their services to maintain them protected in order that they’ll reply to emergency wants of the group.

Dallas is a implausible place to stay, and we’re actually blessed with our first responders.  We have to handle them simply as they handle us.  Could all of them be protected and return house to households on the finish of their shifts.

What expertise or expertise do you imagine you’d deliver to the workplace that will profit the town?

I’ve over 35 years of presidency expertise, federal and state, together with over 20 years of management and administration expertise.   I’ve labored with very various populations and know that no matter background, everybody has a voice and everybody has one thing to contribute.  Each voice is legitimate and each opinion must be heard.  Along with that, listed below are a few of my experiences, skills and abilities: 

• Honorably discharged U.S Navy veteran (Grasp Chief)

• Honesty, Integrity, Dedication

• Battle decision

• Operations/Mission Administration

• Dealing with staffing points and issues

• Managing staffs of 15 to three,000 personnel

• Communication with all ranges of a company

• Finances preparation for annual budgets of over $500Okay

• Creating program guidelines and insurance policies

• Capacity to finish tight deadlines in a anxious setting

• Working with various populations

• Creating and facilitating shows to small and huge teams

• Creating long- and short-range objectives and plans

Anything you want to observe concerning the place you might be in search of?

As a 19+ yr resident and 35-year Navy veteran with children and grandkids right here, I ask “what’s going to Dallas seem like for them?” With targeted efforts we are able to make Dallas a vacation spot. If we come collectively, discuss and work collectively, we are able to make Dallas higher as a result of Dallas deserves higher!

Metropolis Council

Kenneth L. Woods, Jr., 71 (incumbent)

Employment:  Proprietor/Agent, Craven-Woods Insurance coverage in Dallas since 1981

Schooling:  Graduated Dallas Excessive College 1967, attended Southern Oregon College, Chemeketa Group School, and Western Oregon College.

Earlier authorities service: Dallas Metropolis Council 1983-present.  President Dallas Rotary membership 1986-87 & 1987-88.  President Dallas Chamber of Commerce 1984.  Dallas Finances Committee 1983-present.  Dallas Metropolis Council President 2001-09.  Dallas Financial Growth Fee 1983-2010 (chair 1994-96).  Dallas Park & Recreation Board 1995-2002 (chair 1997-2002).  Mid-Willamette Valley Regional Technique Board, Council of Authorities (COG) 1996-99.  Mid-Willamette Valley Space Fee on Transportation (MWACT) 1997-present, chair 2008-present.  Native Officers Transportation Advisory Committee 1999-2005.  League of Oregon Transportation Coverage Committee 1999-present, present chair.  CIS Board of Trustees 2006-present (previous chair).

Marketing campaign telephone quantity: 503-871-0056

How lengthy have you ever lived in Dallas:  61 years.

Why are you working for workplace?

 I see the Metropolis on the verge of rising each in inhabitants and within the enterprise group.  Over the previous 30+ years we’ve got upgraded the town transportation system, renovation of the water and sewer techniques, and the creation of a downtown revitalization program that focuses on group priorities for preserving our historical past, central metropolis, and constructing a vibrant downtown.  Our new metropolis supervisor has many nice concepts and plans for the town.  As we proceed to develop and entice new industrial improvement and enterprise, I need to contribute as the town council merges these adjustments into the town.

What are the crucial points dealing with the town?

It’s the metropolis council’s fiduciary accountability to take care of a balanced finances and spend monies properly for the betterment of the town and its residents, now and for the long run.

There are three main gadgets I want to see accomplished earlier than I’m by serving on the Metropolis Council: 1) Enhance our water provide for our future wants, 2) discover a option to fund and full neighborhood road enhancements, & 3) public security shared services (new services for the police, fireplace, & EMT departments) within the 900 block on SE Jefferson Road that the Metropolis already owns.

What expertise do you deliver?

I deliver management and historic data to the desk.  I helped a number of worthwhile tasks in Dallas over time together with a brand new Senior Heart, enhancements to downtown infrastructure together with sidewalks, timber and décor, a brand new library, continued enhancements to the town parks and continued development of the Rickreall Creek Path system, buy of property across the watershed reservoir to guard the town’s water provide, a brand new park and recreation services together with tennis courts, skate board facility, new soccer and baseball fields, and Aquatic Heart.  I chair a number of regional and statewide transportation committees, and have networked, shaped partnerships, and have made many connections directing state and federal monies and grants to our group. I helped acquire $19.1 million from ODOT for the Rickreall Interchange, and $2+ million from ODOT for the North Dallas Intersection mission, and funds for a brand new Levens Road bridge, simply to call a couple of mega tasks.


I need to make Dallas a greater place to stay for my kids and grandchildren.  In 1999 I acquired the Mid-Valley Regional Technique board management award.  In 1995 I acquired the Dallas Chamber’s First Citizen award.  In 2015 I acquired the COG’s VanDenBosch Regional Management Award.

Rodney Dunham, 57

Employment: Retired Dallas Police Division; Personal Investigator and part-time teacher on the Oregon Public Security Academy.

Schooling: Graduate Dallas Excessive College, AA diploma from Chemeketa Comm School.

 Earlier authorities service: A number of committees and activity power positions whereas working for the Metropolis of Dallas.

 Marketing campaign telephone quantity: 503-510-2309.

 How lengthy have you ever lived in Dallas? 54 years

 Why are you working for workplace?

 After a profession of public service in Dallas, I really feel I may present a balanced and distinctive perspective to the Metropolis. I’ve lived in Dallas nearly my complete life and need to give again to the group the place I used to be raised, and I raised my household. I get pleasure from dwelling in Dallas and all that it gives. I need to present the identical alternative for others to get pleasure from this excellent and protected group.

 What are the crucial points dealing with the town? How would you deal with them if elected?

There are a number of points dealing with the town within the coming years. With the fast development within the metropolis, we should be planning for the long run, particularly relating to water and sewer. We’d like to verify we’ve got the assets for our future generations, which suggests planning now on how we’re going to have these assets accessible when they’re wanted.

We should be engaged on ensuring our streets are repaired and maintained on a daily schedule.

We have to encourage companies to come back to Dallas and to the downtown core space. We’d like companies which encourage folks to come back to Dallas for “Experiences”, or as a vacation spot.

We have to work on the general livability of Dallas, which partially means, we’d like to verify our Hearth and Police Departments have what they should hold us protected sooner or later.

What expertise or expertise do you imagine you’d deliver to the workplace that will profit the town?

I’ve been working with the group for over 30 years in some vogue. I started working for the Metropolis of Dallas after I was 15 years previous on the Dallas Metropolis Pool. I get pleasure from working with folks and committees to attain widespread objectives. I’ve a well-rounded perspective on the town and have labored with most of the residents in a single facet or one other whereas dwelling and dealing in Dallas.  I work nicely with others and I’m keen to place within the time to get the job completed. I’m fiscally conservative and need to be sure our monetary assets are used one of the simplest ways attainable.

Tawnya Kreft, 39

Employment: Administrative assistant, 7.5 years

Schooling: Oregon State College, BA Intercultural Relations, 2005

Earlier authorities: Dallas Metropolis Finances Committee, 2019- 2020 and Dallas Parks and Rec Committee, 2019-2020

Marketing campaign telephone quantity: (503) 383- 9178

Marketing campaign web site: http://www.fb.com/TawnyaKreftforDallasCityCouncil

How lengthy have you ever lived in Dallas? 8.5 years

Why are you working for workplace?

I imagine a robust group is anchored in a spirit of collaboration. I’ve the talents and expertise to attach varied segments in Dallas, to search out shared goals, to assist develop options. I pay attention, I’m linked to our group, I work exhausting, and I take motion.

What are the crucial points dealing with the town? How would you deal with them if elected?

Dallas wants a brand new public security constructing and to proceed the revitalization mission downtown.

Dallas continues to have improved livability as a result of Dallas Aquatic Heart and the Dallas Public Library (for each $1 spent the Return-on-Funding on your native library is round $5).*

We will additionally assist small companies develop, which can flip into extra jobs and fewer monetary instability for each residents and the town.

The town of Dallas wants to hunt out federal grants to enhance early childhood schooling and different helps for households. Improved and accessible early childhood schooling is immediately linked to stopping homelessness.

Housing points should be addressed. Properties and flats constructed on vacant/underutilized land are cost-effective.

What expertise or expertise do you imagine you’d deliver to the workplace that will profit the town?

After school I accomplished nationwide service with AmeriCorps VISTA as a program coordinator for Albany Partnership for Housing and Group Growth. I’m skilled in not-for-profit administration, technical writing and grant writing. I accomplished an internship with the Public Well being Division  along with the CDC. I’m a board member of Mates of the Dallas Public Library. As a tour information I discovered easy methods to current to teams.

My grandfather (a miner, development employee and cowboy) taught me the worth of exhausting work, honesty, integrity and to be tenacious. He taught me when people pull collectively there’s nothing they can not accomplish.

Anything you want to observe concerning the place you might be in search of?

In Dallas sometimes elections come all the way down to a handful of votes. Registration takes two minutes on-line, https://www.rockthevote.org/how-to-vote/register-to-vote/  or voter registration type accessible at; library, submit workplace,  DHS and elections workplace. Your voice issues. Please contact me at [email protected], e-mail or FB me for telephone #.

Paul Trahan, 73

Employment: Retired in 2013 as Vice President for FiFE Group 13+years in Dallas.

Schooling: Radford Excessive College 1966 diploma; The George Washington College graduated 1974 –a Bachelor of Science diploma in Schooling.

Earlier authorities service: Dallas Financial Growth Fee present , City Renewal District Advisory Committee 2009 – current, Dallas Citizen advisory for the Metropolis Constitution revision Dallas Finances Committee 2017-present, Elected to the Dallas Metropolis Council 2016.

Marketing campaign telephone quantity: (503) 383-5043

 How lengthy have you ever lived within the space you’ll symbolize? 20 + years

Why are you working for workplace?

I’m working for re-election as a result of there are gadgets that also want Closure equivalent to Public Security (police station), Hearth Division wants and creating a advertising and marketing plan to draw commerce to Dallas.

What are the crucial points dealing with the town? How would you deal with them if elected?

Site visitors points.  I’d have the Planning Fee work on lengthy vary planning so we’ve got a whole transportation system plan (TSP). 

Road Upkeep Plan – work with consultants on a road upkeep plan that’s reasonably priced.

Water Storage – Work to make sure that there’s ample water to accommodate the expansion in Dallas.   

Public Security Providers – want new police constructing massive sufficient to supply coaching. 

Deal with Dallas Companies – improve relationships with companies, enterprise affiliation teams. Wanted dialog with the companies to supply a plan that helps each enterprise.

What expertise or expertise do you imagine you’d deliver to the workplace that will profit the town?

I’ve over 40 years in land improvement residential, industrial and industrial.  This information would assist with feasibilities for industrial and industrial.

Anything you want to observe concerning the place you might be in search of?

I served within the US Navy.  Dallas is our house now and I’m keen to serve to do what is critical to take care of the life-style that our residents anticipate.

Debbie Virden, 52

Employment: Group Volunteer/Home Goddess-Center & Excessive College English and Social Research Instructor till 10/2019.

Schooling: AAOT-Chemeketa Group School; B.S.-Liberal Research/Historical past-Oregon State College; MAT-Social Research, Center Stage Schooling, English-Western Oregon College 2006.

Marketing campaign web site: https://www.fb.com/BelieveInDallas

How lengthy have you ever lived in Dallas? A number of years, common customer, 1 yr as a home-owner in Dallas.

Why are you working for workplace?

I’m working for Dallas Metropolis Council as a result of I do know my abilities in analysis, economics, critical-thinking, advocacy, and teamwork will probably be a useful asset to the Council. I’m not afraid to talk my thoughts, am genuinely occupied with different views, and am wanting ahead to respectful, open debates on the selections Dallas is at present dealing with. As we transfer ahead collectively, as a close-knit group, it’s crucial that we pause to guage how our plans are taking form. We now have a fantastic problem in balancing the necessity for development with the will to maintain our small city fantastic.

What are the crucial points dealing with the town? How would you deal with them if elected?

I see a future for Dallas together with extra group actions that deliver residents of all ages and backgrounds collectively.

We now have a quaint downtown district that positively wants some sprucing up, in addition to some empty retailer fronts we should be full of thriving companies.

Dallas additionally wants jobs, so I’m hoping that we are able to entice extra medium-scale employers to supply them.

One other main concern of mine is the rise in homeless folks; sleeping, intoxicated, wandering, and overtly utilizing medicine on our sidewalks and path system, within the parks, and thru varied neighborhoods. That is the time to place a tough cease to that. Having moved to Dallas from Salem, I can predict an explosion of it, if it isn’t stopped immediately. We have to companion with the county and state to deal with this downside.

What expertise or expertise do you imagine you’d deliver to the workplace that will profit the town?

Having been a center and highschool Social Research and English trainer since 2004, I’ve a few years of expertise with analysis, planning, evaluating, and adjusting plans, as wanted. Working in a really liberally-minded faculty district for a lot of of these years has additionally given me a stronger conservative voice, whereas remaining skilled and respectful of different viewpoints. I’m additionally extremely skilled and skilled in battle decision. Many voices should be heard, all should be revered, and all residents have to be correctly represented.

Anything you want to observe concerning the place you might be in search of?

The taxpayers of Dallas should be correctly represented by being heard. If elected, I intend to frequently schedule “listening boards,” in order that the Metropolis is conscious of what our residents and enterprise homeowners need and wish. I’m very inspired by the curiosity on this yr’s election.

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