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SOUTH COAST — With Election Day right around the corner, The World reached out to all the candidates running for office along the South Coast to learn more about their experience, priorities and plans if elected.

Over the past few weeks, The World sent candidates a questionnaire which some answered via email and others over the phone. Some of the answers have been edited for length and clarity. The full-length questionnaires can be found on The World’s website.

Lucinda DiNovo

Age: 48

Years in the area: 25 years

Occupation: Director of Sales & Marketing, The Mill Casino, Hotel & RV Park

Political/Civic experience: Coos Bay City Councilor, 2016-present; Oregon Tourism Commissioner-2019-pressent; Coos Bay North Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau, 2012-present; Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association, 2014-2017 ; American Leadership Forum, Senior Fellow Class 32; Board of Trustees, Coos Historical Society, 2012-2015; City of Coos Bay Budget Committee Member, 2013-2015; Bay Area Chamber of Commerce, President, 2010; Technical Advisory Committee Member, Port of Coos Bay, 2009.

Issues:

What do you feel are the most important issues facing the city?

Continued re-development of Front Street, economic rejuvenation of Empire District; Continued rehabilitation and improvement of City streets and roads; Homelessness/Improved and increased housing stock for low and moderate income families.

How would you try to address those issues?

Re-Development of Front Street and Economic Rejuvenation of Empire District

Front Street

For the last four years, City Council has worked towards re-developing Front Street.

  • I served on the Front Street Action Plan Steering Committee, and Council approved the Front Street Action Plan allowing the city to move forward with future development.
  • Use of Urban Renewal dollars and grants for environmental clean-up of the former Marshfield Bargain House scrap yard. This project is to create additional parking to support waterfront business development.
  • The business façade program has successfully assisted several downtown and Front Street businesses, as well as the development of the Coos Bay Village project. This will remain a priority in the coming years.
  • Implement Front Street Blue Print plan to address multi-modal transportation opportunities to support business, connectivity, parking, wayfinding and pedestrian access and safety.  Work on this project will begin later this year.

Empire District

I’m proud of City Council’s efforts to assist the economy of the Empire District. I’m looking forward to building on the work that has already been accomplished these last four years.

  • Entered into an agreement with Confederated Coos Tribes to support that Tribe’s efforts to develop the Hollering Place project, which includes both a Cultural Center and residential/visitor amenities.
  • Use of Urban Renewal dollars for business façade projects. 
  • Completed nearly 2 million dollars of street improvement projects in the core of the Empire commercial district.
  • I advocated for the library to be located in the Empire district in an effort to rejuvenate the area and attract more development. Council made the decision to purchase property for re-locating the library to a location in Empire.

As a resident of Empire, I’m excited to see this area realize its potential.  One of my priorities going forward will be to continue to improve this area for the enjoyment of all of our citizens and visitors.

Continued rehabilitation and improvement of City streets and roads

I agree with City’s Council’s strategy of utilizing the transportation utility fee passed in March 2019, specifically dedicated to repair and maintain city streets.

  • Utilizing those funds along with other resources, the City Council invested more than $7.5 million into street and pothole rehabilitation during my term in office.   
  • The transportation utility fee funds (TUF) have allowed us to address needed improvements in portions of 50 streets and nearly 1000 potholes throughout the city!
  • With that said there is more work to do and the combination of the TUF fee, pass-through state and federal funds, grants and the use of urban renewal dollars will help us continue further improving our city streets.

Homelessness/Improved and increased housing stock for low and moderate income families

Homelessness, and the various circumstances of poverty and social disparities that contribute to it, are not problems the City by itself can solve, nor are they unique to Coos Bay. Although progress has been slow- moving, I support the progress that has been made in the last 4 years.

  • In the Council goal setting session I advocated for the creation of a Homeless Task Force; comprised of community members, County Commissioners and several social service agencies and other parties to find solutions that can serve the entire community.  As a result the of the Task Force the City:
    • Created a Community Resource Officer position dedicated to assist the needs of the homeless community.
    • Completed Housing Study with other community partners to identify the lack of housing and the critical need of affordable and low income housing and ways the City can respond.
    • Entered into a MOU with Coos County and ORRCA to develop low income housing on the old Englewood school site.

City Council will need to continue to collaborate with Coos County, City of North Bend, the two local Indian Tribes, social service agencies, churches and all other interested parties dedicated to overall community health and well-being.  All said, the City of Coos Bay’s most important role is simply to do its own job well; and to strive for efficient, effective, and responsible management of City services that not only benefit its own citizens, but that support the success of the larger Coos Bay Area.

What would you like to accomplish if elected?

I am very proud of the work the City Council has completed these last four years, and my contribution to that work. If elected, I will strive to continue the momentum of improving our community for the betterment of all our citizens and visitors.

How should the city address the current COVID-19/economic crisis?

All indicators are that COVID-19 will be with us well into 2021.

  • The City must continue its partnerships with Coos County Commissioners, Coos Health and Wellness professionals, and Oregon Health Authority experts to know how best to keep our neighborhoods, schools and citizens safe.
  • Continue to support our local businesses to ensure they survive during these trying times.
  • The City will continue to communicate with its citizens and local businesses as safety protocols evolve and continue to advocate for our community and businesses at the state level.

What do you feel the relationship should be between the city council and the public?

City Council must continue its efforts to engage the public’s involvement and input into how the City’s business is conducted. 

  • Over the last four years, the City has increased digital weekly reporting with the Coos Bay Update and began using Facebook to report out information on its four Facebook pages; CB Police, Fire, Library and City page in addition to live streaming city council meetings. The city will need to continue to utilize technology and social media platforms to increase citizen awareness and participation in City Council decision-making. 
  • Continue to be responsive to the questions of social and economic disparities within our community, and be willing to face the challenges there are about how improve quality of life for all its citizens.
  • City Council is not an ‘us versus them’ proposition. Rather, City Council’s job is to find the ‘we’ in the work there is to do and to get that work done in a way that acknowledges and encourages citizen engagement and appreciation for differing and diverse points of view.
  • Success happens best when all who are the ‘we’ can find ways to work together.

Drew Farmer

Age: 34

Years in the area: 15

Occupation: Director of Bay Area Enterprises

Past political/civic experience: Coos Bay City Council (2016-Present), League of Oregon Cities (2018-Present), Rulemaking Advisory Committee on HB 2001 and 2003 (2019-2020)

Issues

What do you feel are the most important issues facing the city?

The most important issue facing the city today is racing to accommodate the development interest in Coos Bay. Buildings that haven't been meaningfully touched in decades have seen new life in the past four years - the Tioga, the Buggy Bank Building, Old City Hall, and Front Street are a few examples. These are not challenges in the traditional sense, they're good problems to have, but they take staff time and community drive to accomplish.

Tied to development, housing is a critical need for our city both in a general sense and to address wide-spread homelessness.

How would you try to address those issues?

This council has a proven method in place to drive development and renovation - through the expansion of our planning department, the development-friendly direction of the council and the city staff, and continued collaboration with community and regional partners advertising our area we can sustain our current acceleration. 

Coos Bay's approach to this issue has drawn state-wide attention, resulting in myself and the city manager being asked to present at this year's League of Oregon Cities meeting on how we have driven housing development. With regards to homelessness and immediate solutions, I will advocate for the city's support of the development of a shelter that has staff present 24/7 to provide interim relief for our homeless and a location for the more centralized delivery of hand-up services.

What would you like to accomplish if elected?

The next accomplishment I would like to see for Coos Bay is the establishment of a shelter either on city property or with our collaboration out on county land. While this is not as solid a solution as housing, having a centralized and ordered location for people to be and where services can be conveniently delivered is an excellent intermediate step. Having worked in the mental health field with individuals who were homeless, I can attest to how difficult it can be to schedule for individuals with no specific place to be, nowhere to do laundry or store it when it's done, and I recognize that not everyone is able to go out on a trail to find their client in the way that some of us have. 

Additionally, I want to see the city continue on its course to replace our library with an up-to-date building that is not falling apart, not in a tsunami inundation zone, and can double as an emergency shelter in the event of a natural disaster. Some folks have argued in the past that we don't need a library anymore, that they are obsolete - having worked with persons at or below the poverty line, I know the critical utility of a modern library as a tool to facilitate folks engaged in job searching when they have no access to a computer. The library serves to amplify the ability of our local schools to bring in authors and presenters to meet the public and facilitate larger educational events than the schools themselves can put on.

How should the city address the current COVID-19/economic crisis?

The city should continue to address COVID-19 by following the guidance of public and state health officials. To address the present economic crisis, Coos Bay should continue its efforts to promote investment in our community through business development, expansion, and renovation through collaboration with developers, our regional development agency and business development partners, and through the usage of our urban renewal districts. By ensuring we come out of this economic crisis more developed, we ensure a stronger return on the other side of normal.

What do you feel the relationship should be between the city council and the public?

The relationship between the city council and the public should be one of accessibility, collaboration, and sharing of information. A council member must have a strong connection to the community and use the knowledge gained through their interactions with the public to inform which decisions on the council will be in the best interest of the community.

Stephanie Kilmer

Age: 55

Years in the area: 53

Occupation: Radio Station General Manager

Past political/civic experience: Current Coos Bay City Councilor; Coos Bay Urban Renewal Agency Chair; Coos Bay Homeless Workgroup Co-Chair; Coos Bay Downtown Association Board Member; Coos Bay Downtown Association Foundation Chairman; Oregon Association of Broadcasters, Secretary; Coos Bay-North Bend Rotary, Past President, and former Board Member; SWOCC Alumni Board; Coos County Relay For Life Steering Committee member.

What do you feel are the most important issues facing the city?

Adequate Housing; Aging Infrastructure and Roads; Transient and Homeless Issues; Economic Growth and Expansion; Public Safety; Communication.

How would you try to address those issues?

  1. Adequate Housing:
    1. Continue to look at opportunities to incentivize development.
      1. The city has worked with developers to provide gap funding for projects that will add additional housing.
      2. In Empire, the city utilized surplus property to encourage development of multiple family units on a vacant lot. Land will be provided at no cost so long as the development occurs within the agreed upon timeline. It will also go back on the tax roll and provide funding to the Urban Renewal District.
      3. Developers have been able to utilize Opportunity Zones located within the city to develop more housing on lands that to date had not been developed. City staff spend time to learn about proposed projects and how they might be beneficial to our citizenry. From there, our leadership can connect them to the tools that help ease the cost of development and move the process along quicker.
      4. Streamlining the planning process has been a work in progress that helps move development along quicker and development code revisions provide flexibilityThe council at the urging of our staff is working on cleaning up at Brownfield site and has an agreement that will allow for development of Low-Income Housing which is very needed in the community. That partnership is between the city, county, and a local non-profit.
    2. Work on the completion of the Housing Needs Analysis (HNA) which will identify buildable lands and the types of housing that will meet the needs of projected population growth in the city. Some of this is identifying needs now as well as the future. This is a committee on which I serve.
    3. Continue to look at our city development codes to ensure easier access to expand our housing to meet the needs of the community to foster growth.
  2. Aging Infrastructure
    Deferred maintenance has created problems with our infrastructure holding up to the test of time. It also makes the repairs larger and more costly. The council has worked to do reasonable and regular increases to rates for services so that when mandated renovations and repairs to be done we have the reserves in place. When those increases impact the public’s pocketbook, we work to ensure they have easy access to information and to provide comment. Some of the work that has happened over the last few years:
    1. The city has built a new Wastewater Treatment Plant in Empire it has also developed a list of priorities for upgrades to the more than 25 pump stations we have. The city has also started on upgrades to the Wastewater Treatment Plant One. The staff continues to work on funding for that project.
    2. The city continues to invest in its aging road system.  $7.5 million dollars from a combination of funds was and will be spent on road upgrades. Those include using a combination of funds such as Urban Renewal dollars and state taxes and transportation pass through dollars. The city has invested $1.5 million in fixing potholes since the Transportation Utility Fee was implemented.
    3. Our staff is also good at looking for and being successful in securing grants. The Safe Routes to School Project in Eastside will provide much-needed upgrades to the Eastside Elementary and Millicoma Schools. The project was used by ODOT to tell the public about the program because it is a considered a model project.
    4. The city has on-going projects outside of potholes that are also being conducted. These are larger projects like Koos Bay Boulevard repairs. Work is taking place throughout the city in Coos Bay, Eastside and Empire. This last year, the city upgraded sidewalk access to meet ADA requirements on over 20 corners in the Empire area. It also improved the first block of South Wasson (near Star of Hope) which had fallen into disrepair. The work on Golden in Downtown Coos Bay in front of the Post Office was a huge improvement to the road that sees much vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Also, the council recently approved the contracts for 4th Street that will include a new traffic light, sidewalk improvements
    5. The city at the request of the council is conducting a lighting review of the streetlights throughout the city. We pay upwards of $200-thousand dollars each year to light the streets at night. By upgrading to LED and newer technology, we may see a cost-savings. The study is underway and if everything pencils out, the city could see safer streets with improved lighting, reductions in the cost of lighting the streets and savings to the taxpayers.
    6. The council also approved a program to assist residential property owners purchase insurance-type coverage should they need to replace and connect lateral sewer lines from their property to the city’s main sewage line.
  3. Transient and Homeless Issues I currently co-chair the Homeless Workgroup with Councilor Drew Farmer. This committee was established by the council after Transient issues were identified as a priority of the city. The committee is designed to address issues facing not only those who are unhoused, but also those in business districts and neighborhoods that are affected by lawless transients or other activities surrounding homelessness. The committee is made up of city, county and state representatives, service providers, neighborhood watch representatives, advocacy groups and a former homeless man. To date, the committee has forwarded several recommendations to the council for approval.
    1. The committee reviewed the job duties for a community liaison to work with service providers to connect community members who are unhoused. The Community Liaison, Officer Babb, was hired and is now on the streets working with the homeless community. The committee and the council have asked for updates to how the program is working and for a database of contacts made to ensure those who are receiving services have continued success. Because of COVID, this committee has not met for several months but it is getting ready to restart.
    2. The committee gave its approval to recommend the Property Watch Program to give our police a tool when lawless transient activity is visible on private business property when the business is closed. The program continues to grow and have an impact.
    3. The committee recommended to the council, which was approved, a Temporary Lodging Ordinance and criteria for opening during inclement weather. It also allows for permitting, with notification and approval, temporary housing and services until more permanent housing can be acquired by an individual. The most recent example was the camping happening at the Methodist Church. It has since shut down operation. But not before our community liaison and ORCCA were able to connect those individuals to services.
    4. The committee also discussed and recommended the Vacant Property Registration Ordinance to provide a tool for our police and codes personnel.
    5. The Committee also made recommendations to the council which were approved when camping in vehicles or there are abandoned vehicles on city streets and parking lots. It allows the police department to tag the vehicle and remove it in a timelier fashion.
  4. Economic Vitality, Growth and Expansion of Business
    This has been identified as a priority of the city. The city invests in the South Coast Development Council, Bay Area Enterprise Zone, Urban Renewal Districts, the Visitor and Convention Bureau and Coos Bay Downtown Association.
    1. Continue to create partnerships in the development of downtown including the CBDA, SCDC and SBDC.
    2. The URA has provided gap funding for large projects that improve the buildings through the façade program.
    3. There are also many visible façade activities that have taken place on Front Street, Highway 101 and throughout the city. I believe we can continue to make changes to improve the URA Façade grant program to further use of the program in both districts (Downtown and Empire). This will encourage redevelopment within both districts. In the current budget year, the Agency Budget for Façade Improvement Grants was increased to be able to do additional projects. We are also looking at ways to keep the program flexible and easy to use.
    4. Work on improving downtown by building relationships with property owners and develop policies when common ground cannot be reached to make improvements to derelict properties.
    5. Find creative ways to incentivize development of vacant properties and buildings, including upper floor development.
  5. Public Safety
    The council has worked with staff to provide the tools Police, Fire and Codes personnel need to effectively do their jobs. This includes budgeting for additional staff and equipment. For the police department this increases their presence in our communities which I believe is a deterrent to crime.
    Improving messaging will also be important. Those can include how and when to report illegal or hate activities, what assistance the city can provide during tough economic times and creating an atmosphere where city hall is approachable for any issue or matter concerning the city.
    We are also moving forward with goals set forth in our resolution about ensuring our citizens feel safe and included. Diversity and Inclusion and other sensitivity training is in the works or underway for our police, council, and staff. This serves to improve the relationship between all cultures and subcommunities in the city.
  6. Communication
    Transparency and communication have been of major importance. We serve at the will of the people. Making sure they have access to us and to city hall is a priority. Over the past four years, the city has worked to improve access adding bill pay, streamlined city services, and many other things inside of city hall.
    The City has also added digital streams of the Council and Planning Commission Meetings. This work in progress is continuing to improve. That includes adding a YouTube Channel
    The city regularly publishes a weekly digital update, maintains multiple social media pages, and is using a variety of means to reach constituents. As technology advances, additional improvements will be made.
    I am looking at easier ways for citizens to report activity when it comes to issues they may be facing; such as illegal activity, safety concerns, and other issues that may be important for city staff and/or police to be aware of. This could be an online reporting button with a drop-down menu on the website. The city could also be looking at an app to easily present information to the public. Budgeting could impact the ability to develop and add these features.

What would you like to accomplish if elected?

Continue to work on public safety so our constituents feel safe in our community. That means finding ways to fund personnel and equipment while preparing for natural disasters. Continue our work on Diversity and Sensitivity training. Work on policies that address issues facing the community with the housing and homelessness. Continue working to better communicate with our constituents. I am looking at easier ways for citizens to report activity when it comes to issues they may be facing, such as illegal activity, safety concerns, and other issues that may be important for city staff and/or police to be aware of. This could be an online reporting button with a drop-down menu on the website. The city could also develop an app to easily present information to the public. It will be important that we support our business community and continue our work in downtown. But we are also looking at ways to capture people on 101 who are driving through. Front Street Development is the next horizon with a great future. The anchor Coos Bay Village development is key driver in that and is underway. Finish projects that we have started. Those include a Lighting evaluation, working on upgrades to parks and places within the city that improve livability. Continue to improve our roads and infrastructure so it will last well into the future and provide for the growth that we know.

How should the city address the current COVID-19/economic crisis?

The COVID-19 Coronavirus will be with us for quite some time. We are seeing increased concern from our public health officials because of a lack of seriousness paid attention to the measures that are clearly working. Our area in essence arrived late to the party, so there was time for epidemiologists to learn more about the virus from other countries and our states immediately impacted. That allowed our officials from Coos Health and Wellness to begin education and implement safety measures. Our city also took this seriously and began the process to ensure that business would and could continue safely for our staff and the critical operations they conduct.

Our leadership took measures to provide drive up parking spaces for restaurants who immediately had to shift from dining inside to providing take out. We will need to think outside the box to enact appropriate measures to ensure our businesses survive and that is through making it easier to shop, dine and receive downtown services.

Going forward, we will need to continue this course, even if it is not popular, to ensure that safety of all citizens and assist our businesses who are impacted by the virus safety measures.

We will also need to continue our partnerships with organizations like the Coos Bay Downtown Association (CBDA) which has access to business leaders and connect them to resources to help get them through the crisis. I serve as the council liaison to the CBDA and have also been involved with that organization as a board member for nearly a decade. I serve as the Chair of the CBDA Economic Vitality Committee that is made up of city officials, property owners, realtors, business owners, developers and more. This group continues to focus on ways to better serve our businesses and developers through the city and by accessing main street programs to enhance our downtown. The committee as part of the CBDA is in the final stages of a Travel Oregon Grant that will create priorities for downtown and tools to get the work done. This document will also work with the CBDA Design Committee to improve and enhance downtown as well as provide the framework for building foot traffic and beautifying the area.

Part of that process is analyzing the business inventory we have, evaluating their success through membership contacts and surveys. It is also about being the catalyst by bringing in partners to provide business retention and expansion services through the Small Business Development Center, South Coast Development Council and Southwestern Oregon Community College. The work is done together with the developers who are improving downtown properties and business owners who are providing services year-round to our citizens.

The group is also looking at “branding” the Main Street area and Coos Bay so there is cohesiveness whether you are on Front Street, Highway 101, Central Avenue or Commercial. This could happen by applying for a Technical Assistant Grant through the CBDA Foundation. Signage can also assist with getting travelers off the highway into downtown Coos Bay.

What do you feel the relationship should be between the city council and the public?

It is very important. The public should always feel like they can communicate with city hall, our leadership, and the city council. As we have seen lately, there are things that the city and our council can always do to ensure that we are approachable; whether someone is frustrated or happy with what we are doing. Also, as we have seen lately, there are certain things that are beyond our control or ability to do anything about. And, in that instance, we must be approachable enough that people can receive that information so they can be directed to the right place.

The city should always be looking for ways to better communicate with the public. As a city council, we continue to seek ways to ensure decision-making is done in the openly. We have made sure that our communication is consistent and better. We have and continue to invest in technology to make sure that there is easy access to information and our staff, and to break down the walls to make it easier to do business with the city.

Cameron Langley

Age: 19

Years in the area: 3

Occupation: N/A

Past political/civic experience: Intern for the Katy Eymann for Coos County Commissioner campaign of 2018, and Field Director of the Mark Daily for District 09 campaign of early 2020.

Issues

What do you feel are the most important issues facing the city?

I think that homelessness, addiction, and poverty are the most important issues facing our city right now. They are unavoidably noticeable. Even though I hear some hostility towards the unhoused, the addicts, and the poor, I think many of us feel empathy and it is heartbreaking to know that people are sleeping in cars and tents, or that people have found themselves in a low place where they turn to drugs for help, or that many people in our city are struggling to make ends meet and have little opportunity. These problems have to be addressed.

How would you try to address those issues?

For homelessness, I support affordable housing and/or housing programs for the unhoused, but I want to research and talk to the services and organizations that are helping the unhoused now. I'd like to do a similar thing for drug rehabilitation facilities and anti-drug programs. My approach towards the drug problem does not focus on criminalization, and I think our efforts would be best used on rehabilitation or preventing the addiction in the first place by addressing the problems that lead to it like mental health issues and socioeconomic factors. These things all intersect with poverty in my view. No rich person here is out on the streets on telegraph hill, no rich person here is getting high on meth to get by, because these aren't the issues of the wealthy. These are the unavoidable issues that the poor and the working class struggle with. I support an increase in the minimum wage, I support the rich paying their fair share, I support workers rights, I support unions. I'd like to talk to the workers and the unemployed here, to understand what's holding them back, so that I can try delivering change that will make a difference for them, and for us all.

What would you like to accomplish if elected?

 If elected, I will be 1 person on a 6 person council. What I can do alone is limited, but I can support policies for the city that I think are necessary, I can use my position to advocate for change that I cannot enact as Councilor (County/State/National Politics), and I can try my best to persuade other city councilors, the mayor, the city manager, or any of the city departments for change. As for what the exact changes will be, I'm not sure of yet. I need your help to know what the people need, so I can determine what changes are needed. I want to see homelessness and addiction significantly reduced in the next 4 years, and I want to help get struggling Coos Bay people on their feet and living a sufficient, sustainable life. I'd also like to defend the environment at any cost, as I believe the future is in sustainability for the sake of reducing harm to the environment. Promoting industries for renewables here, as well as promoting self-sustainability would be big objectives for me.

How should the city address the current COVID-19/economic crisis?

I would refer to the CDC or a medical professional on Covid-19. I think promoting the general welfare of our fellow Americans means taking extra necessary precautions to reduce the spread of deadly pathogens. Follow the regulations so that you do not put people or businesses in danger. We can get through this together! As for the economic crisis, I think the federal government has bungled this pandemic, and how many been left hurting while waiting for unemployment? Or their stimulus check? This is a pandemic, an extreme crisis. In times like this, people shouldn't be getting evicted out on the streets. Rent freezes and cancellations should have been considered long ago. Time to cut the anti-poor "hand-outs" talking points, our people need help, not neglect.

What do you feel the relationship should be between the city council and the public?

 A transparent, healthy relationship. This relationship is a unique one of representatives and represented. There needs to be encouraged communication between the city and its people, and the city needs to engage with the public in a way that isn't toxic or abusive. What I mean by that is the council is representing the people. The people can be as mad as they feel like being, and their anger shouldn't be used against them. Some are really desperate for change. The City Council needs to analyze how to communicate with the people in a way that gives them a better understanding of the City Government, and then the City Government should be as open as it can be to the people. In the age of information, this isn't just possible, it is necessary. Explain the budgets to the people. give them more opportunities to interact with and understand their government.

Cody Skoff

Age: 34

Years in the area: 11

Occupation: Not employed currently

Past political/civic experience: No response

Issues

What do you feel are the most important issues facing the city?

Street and sidewalk maintenance/limited accessibility for disabled people on sidewalk in some areas; lack of new businesses coming in or staying in area; homelessness; racial equality.

How would you try to address those issues?

Invite and listen to citizens to address what needs to be done for the limited racial equality. I would listen to what was brought to my attention my concerned citizens and address the issues with fellow council members, the mayor, the city manager and the police department to ensure needs are met.

What would you like to accomplish if elected?

I would like to make Coos Bay to feel safe for residents and tourists alike.

How should the city address the current COVID-19/economic crisis?

Follow appropriate health guidelines as needed.

What do you feel the relationship should be between the city council and the public?

Open, Approachable and not afraid to talk with elected officials.

Reporter Zack Demars can be reached at worldnews3@countrymedia.net.

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