Incumbent candidate responds to Beaverton Valley Times' survey

Ian King

Age: 51

Family: Wife Kim, 2-year-old son Samuel

Job and education background:

Beaverton City Councilor. I also work as a financial analyst for a local high-tech company in Wilsonville. I have over 25 years of business experience as a project manager, financial analyst, and contract manager in diverse industries such as construction, healthcare, and high-tech. I have also taught college part-time in Public Health Administration.

Education: B.A., Mathematics, University of Southern California; Masters of Business Administration, Chapman University.

Neighborhood you live in: Sexton MountainIan King

Length of time living in Beaverton: 17 years

City involvement and community service experience:

I have served on the Beaverton City Council since May 2010. Prior to my election to the City Council, I had served on the Beaverton Budget Committee since 2003, and continue to serve on this committee as a city councilor. I am the City Council’s representative on Beaverton’s Audit Committee, serve as the council liaison to the Public Safety Advisory Committee and am the mayor’s alternate for the Regional Water Providers Consortium. I have also represented the city on the Beaverton School District’s Bond Community Involvement Committee.

I also serve on the board of directors for Care To Share, a local food assistance non-profit, and volunteer on the Business Advisory Board for Pioneer Pacific College. I have also served on the board of the Oregon Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association, 2007-2009, and as treasurer of the Murray Park Homeowners Association, 2003-2008.

What skills, knowledge and experiences do you bring to the City Council?

My combined business analysis and government background gives me a solid understanding of what makes an initiative successful and sustainable. I bring a sound understanding of how Beaverton works. I ask the tough questions, demand accountability, and challenge the status quo when necessary. I will never simply be a rubber stamp for ideas presented before the council.

My wife, Kim, and I are glad to be raising our son, Samuel, in such a vibrant and diverse community. As a city councilor, I feel the responsibility to maintain what’s best in Beaverton, and also to work to build a sound future for all of our residents and community members.

Why are you running?

We have accomplished a lot in the last four years, but there is still a great deal of work ahead of us. It takes experience, dedication, and the strength to be fiscally responsible, ask the tough questions, and demand accountability. I want to continue to be an independent voice that will challenge and advocate for a solid future for Beaverton

How should the city prioritize spending?

Our primary focus should be in two areas: public safety and our city’s infrastructure enterprise systems. There are a number of exciting and attractive projects that come before the city, but we need to make sure we have the basic needs of the community met first and foremost.

What community issues have you tackled at the neighborhood, Planning Commission or City Council level? Have you worked to resolve or address a concern within Beaverton?

I have advocated strongly for a new public safety facility for Beaverton. I have enjoyed working with the numerous staff and community volunteers who have also been committed to bringing this community need to a reality.

As the council’s liaison to the Audit Committee, and a Budget Committee member, I am often asking for validation and support for what’s behind the numbers to ensure there is solid ground for the decisions council makes.

What’s one issue the City Council tackled that you wish had turned out differently? What went wrong?

One issue that I think could have been handled better was the establishing of bike lanes on Lombard. This involved taking away the ability of homeowners to park in front of their homes in order to improve bicycle safety. I feel the council could have done a better job of outreach to the resident and property owners, many of whom felt their concerns were dismissed without any valid consideration. While such outreach may not have changed the outcome, it could have made a significant difference on community relationships and understanding.

What is an initiative you feel turned out well, and what made it work?

The efforts of establishing an urban renewal district for reinvigorating and redeveloping the downtown area is a great example. This endeavor encompassed unprecedented involvement and consultation with our partner jurisdictions and outreach to the community. I look forward to seeing the benefits of these efforts over the next few years.

The city faces a number of looming issues. What should leaders deal with now, and how? Which should be priorities for later?

For 2014, the City Council has identified a number of key priorities for the city. These include building community, developing a vibrant downtown, improving mobility, delivering quality public services, and enhancing livability. These concerns have both short- and long-term elements, and are also very general in nature. I would place additional emphasis on shoring up the city’s financial reserves that have been feeling the pressures from a number of special projects and redevelopment efforts.

I think it is also important to remember that while the local economy is showing signs of improvement, there are still a great many folks in our community who are still in need. We need to promote greater cooperation and partnerships with community stakeholders to help those in greatest need.

What should voters know about you?

My goal in serving as city councilor is to give back to a community I enjoy being a part of. I love bringing Kim and Samuel to our community events like the tree lighting, summer picnics in the park, events at The Round, different cultural celebrations, and Ten Tiny Dances. My family and I think Beaverton is a great place to call home.

How do you plan to encourage citizen involvement/engagement within the community?

I think we need to take a longer term view of participation in the community. For example, I would like to see a much greater emphasis on the youth in our community. I am fortunate to serve as the council liaison to the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Board, and in my experience with this committee, we could not ask for a greater group of enthusiastic, diverse, and committed youth. We need to tap into this group and utilize their perspective and drive. These individuals are the future of our city, and they have a lot of good advice and ideas that we could do a better job of tapping into as a council.

What distinguishes you from your opponents?

Experience is the biggest difference in this election. I have the background, insight, and a long-term dedication to this community. I’ve participated in decisions that impact Beaverton’s direction. With that participation has come an education into the depth of the issues and a broader awareness of how all Beaverton residents are impacted.

What is your leadership style and how will you work with the mayor, other members of the council and city staff?

I think City Hall needs to be a place for frank and open discussions. I believe that political expediency should not be an excuse for hindering public dialogue. Accordingly, I have a very open and straight forward style in dealing with issues and colleagues.

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