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Jordan joins city council race

Terry Jordan, the final candidate to file for the city council race at last week’s deadline, says she doesn’t have a platform of civic issues guiding her campaign. However, she does have some general goals, such as bridging some of the divisiveness seen at recent council meetings.Terry Jordan

“I feel like I’m really good at listening to all sides of a situation, and I don’t have a specific agenda,” she said during an interview last week. “I think I’m good at pulling everything together and then deciding from my heart, as opposed to who I like or who likes me.”

“I want to maintain (the city’s) livability,” Jordan added, noting she also wants to build “good government.” She said she would do that by collecting as much information as she could and avoiding aligning herself with others.

“I love that this is a nonpartisan position.”

Jordan has a Reiki business and is a Reiki teacher and massage therapist. She also teaches martial arts, teaches a preschool class at Village Home Education Resource Center in Beaverton and organizes a local storytelling festival. She lives in the Marylhurst area with her husband, Bob, and their son.

Jordan has served on boards for various organizations, including the board of trustees for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the board of the Portland Storytellers’ Guild. She has a degree in education from Northeastern University in Boston and a background in nursing.

For now, Jordan said, she’s working to learn as much as she can about various city issues. She toured city facilities last week and was amazed by the lack of space available for the city’s public works vehicles; problems at city hall — “They can’t nail anything into the walls because of mold concerns,” she noted; and how much drinking water is processed at the water treatment plant.

In the coming weeks, Jordan said she hopes to “talk and listen to the neighbors and all of the folks who have issues in the city and, again, to get as much information as I can.”

Jordan is one of six people who filed to run for three city councilor seats in November. In addition, two will face off for the mayor’s position. The city’s six councilors serve four-year terms and are elected at-large, with those receiving the most votes winning vacant seats. The mayor also serves a four-year term.