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Tualatin Area Aging Task Force to hold its own candidate forum

Would-be city councilors to answer questions about senior issues.

Candidates for Tualatin City Council will appear on Tuesday at another forum, this one put on by the Tualatin Area Aging Task Force.

The forum will be held at the Juanita Pohl Center, located at 8513 S.W. Tualatin Road. It will begin at 4 p.m. Members of the public are invited to attend.

“We feel that the future needs of the over-65 population are not being considered or well represented in the future planning for Tualatin,” explained Susan Noack, chairwoman of the task force, in an email. “The issues that our aging population face are the same as citizens of any age in Tualatin face — health, public transportation, safe sidewalks and intersections, shared use pathways, affordable housing, living in place, and social isolation.”

Two questions submitted by the Tualatin Area Aging Task Force were asked of candidates at a Sept. 28 forum organized by the Tualatin Chamber of Commerce.

Asked why the task force is holding a forum of its own, Noack responded, “We feel it is important to have a forum on senior issues in Tualatin and to hear directly from the candidates what they know, don't know, want to know. … We would like more information from the candidates concerning issues affecting Tualatin's aging population.”

Candidates will give brief opening statements and field four questions, with a short question-and-answer or conversational session afterward, Noack said.

There are four candidates this year for Tualatin City Council. Two are running unopposed, while a third seat is contested between Sonya Ambuehl and Paul Morrison.

The only councilor running for re-election this year, Joelle Davis, is unable to attend and will submit her answers to the questions in writing to be read at the forum, Noack said.

By Mark Miller
Assistant Editor
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