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Three candidates vie for Troutdale council seat

With Troutdale City Council President Doug Daoust challenging Mayor Jim Kight, three people have filed to run for Daoust’s council seat: John Wilson, Zach Hudson and Tom Slyter.

Here is the roundup of candidates for Position 6:

Zach Hudson

A Troutdale resident for three years, Hudson wants to continue to bring the community together with his background in teaching.

“I am someone who listens, researches and weighs things carefully and am intent on finding solutions,” Hudson said.

Hudson, 33, is an adjunct instructor for reading, writing and academic skills at Mt. Hood Community College.

He’s running on a platform focused on economic development that would attract local jobs for local people and beautify the city, maintaining city services and a sense of community.

“We must continue to invest in public spaces, community events and good communication between the city and its residents,” Hudson said.

Hudson said development, the environment and quality of life go hand-in-hand. He said he would work to promote environmental concerns such as wetlands preservation.

Hudson has served on the Budget Committee and the Citizens Advisory Committee.

Hudson helped organize the Troutdale SummerFest this year as the entertainment recruiter and manager.

“I’m the kind of person who looks to the future in order to build something,” Hudson said. “I think we need to be proactive in our approach to city government.”

Hudson is endorsed by Laurie Monnes Anderson, Rich Allen, The East Metro Board of Realtors and Troutdale Author W.R. Flynn.

Hudson and his wife, Jenny, have three children.

Outside of teaching and politics, Hudson is a musician and calls square dances in the Portland area. He also has written and published two books.

Tom Slyter

A Troutdale resident since 2004 and East County resident since 1970, Slyter says his experience working with agencies at the county, metro, state, federal and local levels make him a strong candidate.

“I have the experience, and I’m a consensus builder,” Slyter said. “I will be the very best steward of tax dollars I can be.”

Slyter, 66, is the retired Multnomah County undersheriff.

Slyter’s campaign is focused on urban renewal and community safety. He believes Troutdale should focus on the infrastructures that support development.

He said public safety is the foundation and backbone of a community, and that the businesses Troutdale wants to attract should be sustainable and environmentally in line with the city’s goals.

Slyter believes city hall should be rebuilt with bonds; federal, state and local economic development monies; and private investment.

Slyter said most of his experience, including budget experience, has been working with other government agencies and officials. He has worked on a local public safety coordinating council and with police standards and training.

Slyter is a longtime member and past president of the Gresham Breakfast Lions Club.

He said Troutdale is a family destination that should protect its environment and quality of life.

“We need to toot our own horn a bit,” Slyter said.

Slyter is endorsed by Laure Monnes Anderson, Shirley Craddick and Mike Weatherby.

Slyter is married to Barbara Burns-Slyter and has two sons, two stepsons and six grandchildren.

Slyter’s hobbies include outdoor activities, watching athletic events and supporting community youth.

John Wilson

A Troutdale resident since 1991, Wilson prides himself on staying up to speed with city issues and attending every city council meeting.

“Volunteering is what I’ve done,” Wilson said. “I’d like to serve the community in a more formal position.”

Wilson, 56, is an advertising account executive for Pamplin Media Group, which owns The Outlook and several other Portland-area newspapers.

Wilson’s platform is focused on city finances, with an emphasis on new commerce and home development spurred by Troutdale’s Open for Business program.

He would like to see the city strengthen its partnerships with economic alliances and hire for a position dedicated to working with businesses.

Another priority for Wilson is repairing, rebuilding or finding some way to replace city hall, based on citizen involvement and community support. He also wishes to see the finalization of the urban renewal area.

As the city continues to grow, Wilson says police and fire protection personnel needs to grow.

His previous political experience includes the Troutdale Budget Committee, the Redevelopment Committee for the sewer treatment plant, vice chairman of the Riverfront Renewal Advisory Committee and Measure 26-77 Committee chairman.

Wilson has worked on the Troutdale SummerFest for 12 years, serving as the chairman for six years. He is past president and a current member of the Troutdale Kiwanis.

He was the 2002 Troutdale Citizen of the Year.

“I have a love for the city, I’m open-minded, and I want to see Troutdale stay the great city it is,” Wilson said.

Wilson is endorsed by Matt Wand, Doug Daoust, Dave Ripma, Glenn White, Norm Thomas, Tom Gallagher, Jackie O’Shea, Frank Windust and the Downtown Troutdale Business Group.

Wilson and his wife, Paula, have been married 30 years. They have two children and one grandchild.

Outside of work and politics, Wilson enjoys golf, classic cars and gardening.



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