Trent Tidwell, president of the Oregon City Commission, is seeking a position on the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners.
He has scheduled a campaign kick-off Jan. 8 to officially announce his plans to run for position No. 5.
The event will be held at Black Point Inn, corner of 7th and Washington streets, in Oregon City from 5 to 7 pm,.
Tidwell, 35, is serving his third year as an Oregon City Commissioner. He was born in Oregon City and is a product of Oregon City's public schools.
He is proud of the many successes that his city commission has had, 'but it's time to bring citizen ownership countywide,' he said.
Tidwell started a monthly forum for citizens in Oregon City, known as Conversations with a Commissioner, 'where citizens have an opportunity to discuss topics of interest and concern to them. According to his press release, he also has established a reputation as an elected official who puts citizens first and works across party lines.
He is a member of the Economic Development Committee and the Urban Renewal Commission for Oregon City, as well as the Metro Policy Advisory Committee 'IMPACT.'
During his kickoff event, Tidwell will reveal his plan for countywide citizen involvement called, Conversations with a Candidate.
'We're going to take our forums to all communities in Clackamas County, including unincorporated and rural areas. I believe the people need to be heard - it's their county. They need to be involved in its changes,' Tidwell said.
He has established goals to improve the sustainability and livability of communities and to work with differing factions to achieve those goals.
'Tidwell will bring a breath of fresh air to Clackamas County,' said Sha Spady, owner of Oak Grove Disposal Company.
According to Tidwell's press release, his Native American heritage defines his expanded awareness of the environment and our human connection and responsibility to it.
'Those of us who live in Clackamas County are the beneficiaries of one of the most bountiful, life-sustaining environments on the planet. The hard choices facing us as citizens of the 21st Century require us to set a place for citizens and the environment at the table as we discuss Clackamas County's future,' Tidwell said.
'I look forward to serving the people of Clackamas County. Most people agree they want elected officials to work hard, be fiscally responsible, and really listen to their needs. I promise to do just that. Together we can put citizens first in Clackamas County,' he said.