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Candidates vie for Fairview City Council

Two Fairview City Council races are contested. Brian Cooper and Tamie Tlustos-Arnold are running for Position 6, a partial two-year term, and longtime Councilor Ken Quinby is challenging longtime Councilor Barbara E. Jones for Position 2, a four-year term.

Position 2

Barbara E. Jones

A Fairview city councilor from 1999 through 2002 and 2004 to the present, incumbent Barbara Jones, says she’s running for Position 2 because she still has business to finish.

Namely, she’d like to bring the city’s budget back, and with it, Fairview’s community development.

“There’s no glory in it for me,” Jones said. “Taking care of the city is very important to me. It’s where I want my kids to live, where I want our future residents to be proud to say they came from.”

Jones, 57, is a workers’ compensation claims manager for JH Kelly, a construction company, and a certified professional disability manager.

She says letting go of good, loyal city employees this year was devastating, but securing basic services — fire, police, water and sewer — for the city’s livability was a necessity.

With a growing crime rate in East County and influx of gang activity, Jones says Fairview needs to provide activities, education and an adult presence for kids in order to deny gangs future members.

She wants to ensure youths are involved in the community through school partnerships and give them opportunities to become the leaders of tomorrow.

She would like to see parks updated and cleaned up and a revival of community events.

Regarding economic development, Jones wants Fairview to look at its available spaces and really concentrate on filling them with consistent, small businesses.

She supports economic development that is not at a huge cost to the taxpayer.

“First and foremost, we need to be a city where people want to live and there’s a waiting list to get in,” Jones said.

Jones has lived in East County since 1995 and previously worked on the East Metro Mediation board.

The mother of two daughters and grandmother of three granddaughters, Jones in an avid reader who enjoys pottery and teaching her granddaughters embroidery.

Ken Quinby

Fairview Councilor Ken Quinby is vacating his Position 3 seat to challenge fellow Councilor Barbara Jones.

Self-employed in property management and maintenance, Quinby was appointment to the City Council in 1998 and re-elected in 2004 and 2008.

Despite controversy about a concealed handgun Quinby wears to council meetings and a 2010 unanimous vote by the council asking him to resign after his accusations about Fairview police, Quinby says he’s effective at reaching out to the people who elected him and is unfazed by the tension between him and fellow councilors.

“I offer a better, business-friendly perspective,” Quinby said. “I have a better vision for the future — for how to keep Fairview financially solvent without raising current taxes or laying off more employees.”

Beyond his City Council experience, Quinby is on the Regional Emergency Management Group policy board and the Gresham, Fairview and Wood Village Solid Waste Citizens Advisory Committee.

Quinby says any further cuts to the Fairview budget would leave the city to rely on the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office for police services, and there’s not much left to cut besides creating voluntary wage reductions to the remaining staff.

He wants to involve more citizens and neighborhood associations at work sessions and council meetings.

“I want to be more citizen friendly and assist them in getting their desired actions brought to fruition,” Quinby said.

Quinby suggested increasing public safety by enhancing the tax base through developing undeveloped land. He would like to waive as many fees as possible to encourage businesses to come to Fairview.

“We need to do everything we can to make Fairview look more attractive to everywhere else.”

One of those things, Quinby said, is the riverfront development, which remains in limbo after news the USS Ranger would be scrapped.

Quinby also has worked with business owners to clarify the state rules for smoking rooms and citizens’ comments and concerns on parking on 207th Avenue.

Quinby has two sons and six grandchildren. He is a competitive waterskier with Portland Water Spectacular. Quinby initiated the Fairview Veterans Day event and is a Patriot Guard Rider.

Position 6

Tamie Tlustos-Arnold

An East County resident for most of her life and active volunteer for more than 20 years, Tamie Tlustos-Arnold says volunteerism defines her and has led her to run for Fairview City Council Position 6.

“I’m one of those people who doesn’t like to complain unless I come up with a solution,” Tlustos-Arnold said. “I like to know how people feel and how I can improve the process. I’m concerned about the state of our city’s future — we need to make drastic changes to the way we do business.”

A registered nurse and owner of Village Pilates, Tlustos-Arnold is on the Reynolds School District budget committee, the Fairview Community Arts Council, Gresham Arthur Academy Advisory Board, Windstorm Park HOA, and Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts.

“I offer a wealth of experience and leadership background,” Tlustos-Arnold said. “My fingers are on the pulse of the business community.”

Tlustos-Arnold believes in bringing new business to Fairview and not creating revenue through additional fees or taxes.

To increase communication among community members, she recommends an increased use of social media, neighborhood and community talks with elected officials and biannual town hall meetings.

Tlustos-Arnold would like to evaluate the feasibility of sharing services with neighboring cities to address growing East County crime. She proposes neighborhood watch programs and citizen safety projects.

Her budget priorities include maintaining public safety services, economic development, park maintenance and infrastructure maintenance.

Tlustos-Arnold said she also would like to “harbor excellent community volunteer relationships and continue to support riverfront development, even if there’s no possibility of reversing the Navy’s decision to scrap the USS Ranger.”

The mother of three children, all active in scouts, Tlustos-Arnold has been married to her husband Jeff for 20 years.

She says her involvement in scouts as a leader has significantly shaped her parenting and the values she instills in her children.

Brian Cooper

A passion for Halloween brought Brian Cooper, his wife Ginell and two children to Fairview six years ago.

Every year, the family hosts a Halloween display and mini haunted house, which they begin planning in June. It has been featured on TV news segments.

The manager of Cooper Tractor & Equipment, a family business specializing in heavy equipment and diesel-truck engine parts, Cooper was appointed in February to replace his father Larry Cooper, a city councilor who died in December 2011. He is running for the remaining two years of that term.

Cooper considers it an honor to fill his father’s seat and has realized he loves the business of the city, its people and its issues.

“My father is the reason I got into politics,” Cooper said. “I’m young, I’m energetic, and I have the time and energy to attend various community meetings outside my required meetings.”

Overall, Cooper said he’s focused on the livability of Fairview — new business, higher tax revenue, bringing back community events and stemming crime.

“I care about preserving the community,” he said.

Cooper said he’s focused on finding additional revenue to bring back city events and parks upkeep after Fairview suffered budget shortfalls the past several years.

Despite his short time as a councilor, Cooper said he’s managed to develop relationships with various citizen committees in Fairview, Wood Village, Troutdale and Gresham.

He believes community involvement is essential for crime deterrence. He has met with groups from neighboring committees to discuss police and fire service districts with the goal of improving services with limited resources.

Cooper also supports a discussion among citizens about a police levy for more officers, increased neighborhood watch and more awareness events.

Outside Halloween, Cooper enjoys traveling somewhere new each year, reading, hiking and spending time with his family.

He remembers the many days he and his father discussed city issues over morning coffee.



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