For 30 years, I am fortunate to have lived, worked and raised my family in Tualatin. I have built or remodeled many of the homes Tualatin residents live in. I have had a close relationship with our schools. I have even had the honor of serving as your mayor for a half-dozen years.

Those experiences give me a unique perspective on the quality of leadership in our community. I have seen this community grow and prosper. I have seen the vision and fulfillment of the development of Tualatin Commons. And I have seen our parks, library, police and city services expand and mature.

I have spoken out when I disagreed with City Council and have always been thankful for the work it does. We have a dedicated council, and our community is second to none.

This November, we are given the choice to maintain the high quality of leadership that makes Tualatin a special place. Council President Monique Beikman has distinguished herself as a hard-working, caring and dedicated leader.

She, too, has a special background. As a full-time mother, she poured herself into the schools, supporting and volunteering endlessly. Later, when Monique learned of the plans for development south of town, she became energized and worked within the existing city system and organized her neighbors to get involved in the planning of their future surroundings. She became one of the founders and leaders of a multi-year visioning process called Tualatin Tomorrow and coordinated the involvement of hundreds of citizens, creating our future’s blue print.

Six years ago, she was appointed to fill a council vacancy. Two years later, she won a contested campaign for re-election.

Monique has demonstrated a work ethic second to none. She represents our city all over the region. She listens to our residents and our employers, and governs with compassion, intellect and fairness.

Monique is a cornerstone on our City Council, and we are fortunate that she is willing to volunteer countless hours for us and continue to serve. I strongly urge a vote to keep Monique.

Steve Stolze is a Tualatin resident.

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