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Sandy council's face changing

A younger, less- experienced panel will lead the city during the next four years


The Clackamas County Elections Division has counted every ballot, and the results of the Nov. 6 general election are final, but unofficial until Dec. 6.

Throughout the city of Sandy, only 56 percent of registered voters turned in their ballots.

Elected to the City Council were Brian Adams and Grant Baker. Re-elected unopposed in the balloting were Mayor Bill King and Councilor Olga Gerberg.

Bill King

King received 2,806 votes, which was 100 percent of the votes in his unopposed return to office.

King says one of the challenges the council will face in the near future is balancing a budget while improving services with reduced revenues because of decreased property values.

“We will have to try to be even more effective and efficient,” he said.

Even though the new councilors have less experience than those leaving the panel, King remains hopeful.

“With the new members will come new perspectives,” he said. “I feel that both our new members deeply care for our community and want to do their best.”

He says the council’s “chemistry” should continue to help the city leaders listen openly to new ideas to maintain and improve the city’s livability.

Grant Baker

Baker received 1,689 votes, 63.1 percent of the votes, while Philip Moyer received 989 votes, 36.9 percent of those voting.

Grant BakerAlthough Baker has no governmental experience, he is enthusiastic about helping guide the city into the future.

Baker believes that city workers should be evaluated, and he would encourage the city to develop a survey of citizen satisfaction with city services.

He says he intends to keep his business separate from city affairs, and he “did not come into this office with a preconceived agenda.”

Baker’s desire for education and flexibility, he said, should serve him well in this new responsibility.

“I feel positive that the mayor and council members can work with the citizens of Sandy to keep our community vibrant and healthy,” he said. “I look forward to being an active part of this ever-changing adventure.”

Brian Adams

Adams received 1,559 votes, 54.8 percent of the votes, while Kelly Allen received 899 votes (31.6 percent) and Jason Davis received 389 votes (13.7 percent).

Brian AdamsAdams looks ahead to the continued growth of the city and its population.

He wants to be a part of the support of businesses, Sandy Main Street and other revitalization efforts “to market Sandy as a thriving community of local attraction.”

He also recognizes the financial challenges of operating a city with continually rising expenses and decreasing revenues.

But he also is optimistic.

“I am confident that we will be able to address these challenges,” Adams said, “and continue to shape Sandy as a livable and prosperous community of family and small-town values.”