Shirley CraddickDistrict 1 Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick has announced she is seeking re-election to the Metro Council in 2014.

Metro regional government District 1 includes East Portland and the cities of Fairview, Gresham, Troutdale, Wood Village, Damascus and parts of unincorporated Multnomah and Clackamas County.

Local leaders in Craddick’s district, including Mayor Shane Bemis of Gresham, Mayor Doug Daoust of Troutdale, Mayor Mike Weatherby of Fairview and Mayor Patricia Smith of Wood Village have all endorsed Craddick to run for a second term.  

If elected, Craddick said her top priority is to continue focusing on the role Metro regional government plays in job growth in the east part of the region.

Bringing more family wage jobs to the area is one of her goals.

“This is an effort that businesses, public agencies and community advocacy groups in the east part of the Metro region must make for increased prosperity,” said Craddick in a recent press release.

“The Metro Regional government can help with this challenge by investing in infrastructure to promote industrial and commercial development, as well as transportation,” she said.

Craddick was elected in 2010.  Prior to her election to Metro, she was a two-term Gresham City Councilor. Before retirement, Craddick worked 33 years at the Kaiser Permanente Center as a health researcher and nutritionist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and institution management from Oregon State and earned an M.H.A from the University of Southern California.

In her first term as Metro Councilor, Craddick has supported such projects as the East Metro Connections Plan to create an Interstate 84 and U.S. 26 connection, funding grants to support local government planning, a $50 million levy to restore and maintain 16,000 acres of natural areas and parks in the region and upgrades to Glendoveer golf course.

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