Keith Kudrna: Ready to lead, listen
Running for Fairview City Council, Position 3 -
Name: Keith Kudrna
Running for: Fairview City Council, Position 3
Prior governmental experience: A member of the Planning Commission since 2007. Has served one-year terms on the Budget Committee and the Mayors Citizen Committee for Visioning 2022 Amenities.
Career: Works as a residential architect based out of Lake Oswego.
Education: Architectural drafting degree from Phoenix University.
Family: Married for 22 years with two children: Sarah, 19, and Abby, 16.
Hobbies: Likes playing basketball, softball, flag football and golf. Also enjoys audio mixing through his church.
Note: This Q-and-A has been edited for clarity and brevity.
Why are you running? There has been tremendous support for an off-leash dog park or a skate park, and Id like to see those ideas out there. The other reason is when Ive come to City Council meetings, Ive left with the feeling that I wasnt really heard, and I dont want anyone else to feel that way.
Has the council made mistakes? Its not so much mistakes as differing opinions, and honestly I dont view differing opinions as mistakes. But how people have been treated, thats a mistake.
Should the council waive developer fees? The current program that is in place went too far. It gave away too much. But I dont have a problem with development incentives, I just think we should revisit that particular topic.
Should Fairview Police Department consolidate with MCSO? Im not going to sacrifice safety to save money. I think our safety is worth more than that. Right now Im leaning toward keeping things the way they are, but Im always open to new ideas.
Is the current council transparent? That I dont know. I can say that quite a few decisions that have been made of late have had the appearance of being made beforehand.
Did you seek a West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce endorsement? No, I did not, but mainly because I was not afforded an adequate amount of time.
How do you lead? I adhere to a simple phrase when coming into a discussion: I believe Im right, but please tell me more. I dont think there has been a lot of listening going on.
Thoughts on increasing tourism and business? I would love to promote Blue Lake (Regional) Park a lot more. If we do a business development incentive plan properly, one that actually spurs on commercial development, that can open up possibilities.
On your opponent? I know he has been here about a year, and I know he has a lot of passion about local issues and politics. He seems like a nice enough guy.
What about the presidential election? Im really encouraged that Bernie Sanders ran, because he got a lot of twenty-somethings interested in national politics, like my daughter.
How will you get more people involved? I dont think theres going to be a lot of volunteers if theres that adversarial mindset. I dont believe (committees) are given the level of support that they deserve.
Whats your favorite thing about Fairview? I love the feel of the town. We can be so close to Gresham and still feel so small.
Are you pro-growth? You dont design houses if you arent into growth. I rely on it, but I think it has to be done smart. We have natural resources, like Fairview Creek and No Name Creek, that need to be protected for generations to come to enjoy.