Special districts in Oregon are formed to govern specific resources. Examples are people’s utility districts, library districts, sewer districts, irrigation districts, ports and cemetery districts. Some districts get revenue only from taxes. Others, such as water districts, get revenue from ratepayers. Others may combine the two sources. Each district is governed by a board of directors which is responsible for the operation of the district and its financial accountability. ( https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/198.010 )Qualifications: Candidate must be a registered voter in the district. ORS 266.310(2)Salary: A member of the governing body of a district may receive an amount not to exceed $50 for each day or portion thereof as compensation for services performed as a member of the governing body. Such compensation shall not be deemed lucrative. The governing body may provide for reimbursement of a member for actual and reasonable traveling and other expenses necessarily incurred by a member in performing official duties. [1971 c.403 §2; 1983 c.327 §2; 1983 c.740 §53a; 1989 c.517 §1; 1995 c.79 §74]In Event of Vacancy: Except as otherwise provided by law, a vacancy in an elected office in the membership of the governing body of a district shall be filled by appointment by a majority of the remaining members of the governing body. If a majority of the membership of the governing body is vacant or if a majority cannot agree, the vacancies shall be filled promptly by the county court of the county in which the administrative office of the district is located. [ORS 198.320]
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A career communications, marketing, and community relations professional, supportive husband, and father of two young kids, I have built relationships with a wide range of leaders throughout Washington County during the past three years through my work at PCC. I’ve loved the opportunities I’ve had to engage with and support the many organizations that are working to lift up our communities and am eager to bring my empathetic and collaborative leadership style to THPRD.
THPRD is navigating one of the most challenging periods in its 70-year history with the pandemic negatively impacting many of its primary revenue streams and forcing large layoffs. I'm currently serving on the THPRD Budget Committee where I am already helping to ensure that the district re-emerges on stable financial footing that will then allow it to fully and completely re-open safer, stronger, and better able to serve all families.
One thing has been made clear to me over the past year -- our parks and recreation facilities have a tremendous impact on our mental and physical well-being. It's critical that every community member throughout the district feels these resources are accessible to them and their families.
I believe its critical for the district to stabilize, then continue its work to remove barriers that prevent more people from benefitting from its essential services.
I think it's essential that THPRD takes its message to and shares its value directly with the people in the communities it serves. It's not enough for the proverbial door to be open to people, the welcome mat needs to be put in each neighborhood, actively inviting communities, especially those currently under served, to be actively engaged.
I plan to be a highly accessible board director and look forward to mutually respectful and productive conversations with THPRD patrons to help inform my decision making and sense of what matters most to communities across the district. I think it's also important to develop more awareness for the work the board does and role it plays in the community to increase knowledge and empower new voices to be heard.
I am thrilled about the opportunity to bolster a board of progressive, community-focused leaders who have helped shape a more equitable, collaborative, and essential THPRD that works for more people in the greater Beaverton area. Under their guidance and, of course, the efforts of the incredible staff, this special district has continued to raise the bar of what parks and recreation can be in Oregon.
This past year of uncertainty and restrictions has reinforced how much these places matter. When devastating wildfires forced us to stay inside for nearly two weeks in September, I said aloud that I would never take a simple playground outing with my daughter for granted again. I'm honored to lead the effort to celebrate, protect, and share these essential resources with everyone in our community.
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