Always Forward, Never Back

Jerome at the Beaverton Saturday Market

Innovate

The people of Beaverton have amazing ideas and are passionate and creative when it comes to problem solving. The City Council has an obligation to listen to the neighborhood association committees as well as the boards, committees, and commissions. By engaging community involvement and facilitating cooperation and coordination with our partners in the business & services sector and encouraging not-for-profit organizations, we can move forward together, implementing their great plans, recommendations, and visions, in positive and innovative ways.

My bywords: TRANSPARENCY and COMMUNICATION.

Recover

2020 was an epically challenging year in which we faced so many unexpected but consequential ‘black swan’ events: public health crisis, economic recession, and political turmoil. We must be prepared for more. I prefer to think of challenges as transformative opportunities. Getting back to business-as-usual is neither desirable nor possible. Everything has changed in profound and fundamental ways. Let’s work together to adapt to new ways of working, adopt sustainable ways of living, and better balance the many competing demands with a renewed sense of consideration and willingness to compromise in order to get things done.

My bywords: INFRASTRUCTURE and SUSTAINABILITY.

Grow

Vitality and Prosperity will return but they will look very different from past good times. ‘How’ Beaverton grows and develops in anticipation of ‘The Baby Bust’ will be the central issue for the next two decades. The novel coronavirus will be with us for potentially several years. Get vaccinated. Wear a mask. Maintain social distancing. We can do this. The City Council must take advantage of the unique opportunities presented by the approval of the new City Charter and the creation of an effective and efficient Council-Manager form of government to establish new rules, roles, responsibilities, and norms.

My bywords: RESILIENCE and OPPORTUNITY.