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Wand challenges Kyle for Troutdale position

TROUTDALE - Matthew Wand and incumbent Barbara Kyle will be vying for City Council position 5 in the Nov. 7 election.

Wand grew up in East County and graduated from Reynolds High School. He attended Mt. Hood Community College before moving on to Portland State University and Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College.

'I think I have a history in the community that helps inform the way I look at the world,' Wand said.

Wand said the city's urban renewal project spurred him to run for City Council, because he felt his experience in construction and business litigation would be helpful.

'If our riverfront project is successful, it will not only bring in family wage jobs, but help our businesses,' he said.

With the seemingly imminent budget crises local jurisdictions are facing, prioritizing how city monies are spent is a must for Troutdale, Wand said.

He believes police and fire protection should be at the top of the list.

Wand, who lives near Sunrise Park, hopes to see only minimal improvements in the area, but would like to continue to bolster the city's park system.

He also likes the idea of bringing a library to Troutdale.

'I'd like to see it placed in an area where families can easily get to it,' Wand said. 'What better way to get kids to a library than to put it in bike-riding range.'

Wand believes one of his strong suits is that he is 'predictable in a good way,' and that Troutdale residents shouldn't be surprised by the way a councilor votes on an issue.

He is running against incumbent Barbara Kyle, who declined to speak to the The Outlook for an endorsement interview. Kyle was elected to the City Council in 2002, and ran unsuccessfully for the mayor's seat in 2004.