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Portland, OR (OCTOBER 2019) - Prior to filing, Tuesday, October 22nd for the Commissioner's #4 seat, Jack Kerfoot spent several months listening to Portlanders' opinions and concerns of the city.
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Jack quickly learned that the people he met were frustrated with city government's ineffectiveness at addressing our homeless crisis, reducing traffic fatalities and keeping our streets safe. Small business owners were concerned about the city's relentless creation of new fees, which were causing businesses to close and contribute to recent rent increases. Many people were frustrated with the city's inaction on a potential environmental disaster at the Zenith Oil Terminal, located a few hundred feet off the Willamette River.
A common theme in all of Jack's meetings was the Portland City Council didn't listen and more concerning, didn't care about the voices of Portlanders. Jack says, ". . . These are serious issues, and they concern me. So, the question was, if not me, then who?
I will be a commissioner that will not make decisions in the isolation of City Hall but one who will listen and be out to meet with the community on their turf to hear the facts-to address their concerns head-on and this means the different communities across the city-I want to be the commissioner that is the voice of the people inside government.
I sincerely believe it's time for change on the City Council-we need someone who understands that collaboration is essential to address critical issues like our homeless crisis and keeping our streets safe. We need someone who Is focused on our environment, appreciates the significant value that small businesses provide to our city and recognizes that fiscal transparency is imperative; if the City Council is to regain the trust of the community."
Jack Kerfoot is the Author of "Fueling America: An Insider's Journey", a former Energy Executive and Scientist. Jack welcomes dialog at his website and wants to hear the Portland voice.
This article was reprinted with permission from Jack Kerfoot. Jack is a candidate for Portland Commissioner.
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