Newcomer plans to bring fresh ideas to Troutdale council
Jamie Kranz, 37, is running unopposed for the Troutdale City Council position 3 held by Larry Morgan, who did not file for reelection.
Kranz is a stay-at-home parent who has volunteered on various Troutdale boards including the Planning Commission, Budget Committee and Town Center Committee.
A Troutdale resident for 17 years, Kranz holds a bachelor's degree from Portland State University in finance.
The Outlook recently met with Kranz to ask about her priorities before the upcoming election.
THE OUTLOOK: Why are you seeking election?
JAMIE KRANZ: Because I've volunteered as a planning commissioner for four years, and (served) on the Budget Committee for two years. I feel qualified to take the next step and grow into a position. So I'm running for council basically because I care about the community. This is where I've chosen to raise my family. I really value where we live, and getting involved is one way I can help contribute.
OUTLOOK: What would be your focus on council?
KRANZ: My focus for city council is just to bring forth strong leadership. I come to the table with fresh ideas, and an unbiased vote to participate in decision making.
OUTLOOK: What sets you apart as a candidate?
KRANZ: Probably demographic. I'm a stay-at-home mother. I spend a lot of time as a volunteer with Multnomah County. I serve on the Friends of the Library Board of Directors. I'm just hands-on in the community. I am very available and interested. I'm a huge advocate of the library, and I don't know how many stay-at-home moms that have the extra time, or have the support to leave twice a month at a minimum in the evening. My husband's been very supportive.
OUTLOOK: What are the three biggest issues facing Troutdale?
KRANZ: Growth and how to manage it, preservation of natural resources and livability.
OUTLOOK: Anything else you want to say about your council run?
KRANZ: I'm looking forward to it. I genuinely hope to bring balance to the council in the format of respect and just being a team player, and putting forth leadership that's not about me. I don't have a hidden agenda or anything. I'm really just there to basically provide leadership, help with decisions, and vet the decisions that we are confronted with. The four years on the Planning Commission has really helped me to understand the mechanics of the city between planning and budget, and to really be qualified to be able to make decisions.