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Keith Kudrna: Ready to lead, listen

Running for Fairview City Council, Position 3 -


OUTLOOK PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Keith KudrnaName: 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 Mayor’s 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.

Age: 47

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 I’d like to see those ideas out there. The other reason is when I’ve come to City Council meetings, I’ve left with the feeling that I wasn’t really heard, and I don’t want anyone else to feel that way.

Has the council made mistakes? It’s not so much mistakes as differing opinions, and honestly I don’t view differing opinions as mistakes. But how people have been treated, that’s 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 don’t have a problem with development incentives, I just think we should revisit that particular topic.

Should Fairview Police Department consolidate with MCSO? I’m not going to sacrifice safety to save money. I think our safety is worth more than that. Right now I’m leaning toward keeping things the way they are, but I’m always open to new ideas.

Is the current council transparent? That I don’t 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 I’m right, but please tell me more.” I don’t 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? I’m 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 don’t think there’s going to be a lot of volunteers if there’s that adversarial mindset. I don’t believe (committees) are given the level of support that they deserve.

What’s 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 don’t design houses if you aren’t 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.