Provided by LC Mayor Dick Anderson
Dick Anderson, the Mayor of Lincoln City is announcing his candidacy for Lincoln County Commissioner, Position #3 in the May election, the position currently held by Terry Thompson. This announcement came at a post holiday gathering of family, friends, neighbors and supporters. Anderson hopes that the timing of his announcement will encourage multiple residents in Lincoln City to run for his vacant Mayoral seat in November 2014.
Anderson is the second candidate to announce they are challenging presumed incumbent Terry Thompson in the November election. Newport City Councilor David Allen has also filed for the position. Thompson has not yet formally declared his candidacy but is presumed to be running for another term of office in light of his passionate concern for commercial and recreation ocean fishing – especially in light of wave energy interests wanting large swaths of ocean floor and surface for generating electricity that would take significant areas of fishing grounds away from fishers.
Meanwhile, Anderson pointed out that it’s been thirty years since a north Lincoln County resident sat on the Board of County Commissioners. “I am concerned that the citizens of North County and all outlying areas of the County do not have a strong enough voice in County government,” said Anderson. Lincoln County residents can expect me to listen with an open mind to their concerns and to assist them in finding solutions. Citizens need to be heard.”
Anderson has been a vocal advocate for greater clarity regarding the governmental budgets, expenditures and overall fiscal responsibility and accountability.
“Lincoln County is confronted with numerous challenges. Ocean issues, roads and highways, tourism, health care and it’s impact on rural hospitals, gaming and forest products just to name a few. I am prepared to take a leadership role in mapping our future.” Said Anderson
Anderson noted that, “well over half the population of Lincoln County resides in Cities. If elected, I will bring a working knowledge and experience to the Commission regarding City operations that would forge better collaboration between governments that serve the citizens of Lincoln County.”
“There will be an appeal made by many to maintain the “status quo”, but I am a fresh set of eyes on the issues. I tackle problems with an open mind not burdened by past attempts and established opinions”, stated Anderson. He goes on to say, “I am fortunate to be retired, which allows me to devote full time to this job rather than taking time away from another business concern.”
* Why seek this position and why leave your position as mayor?
Let me point out that I am not leaving the position as Mayor of the City of Lincoln City. My four year term expires at the end of 2014 and I will complete that term as I started, full of energy, enthusiasm and dedication to the citizens of Lincoln City. My motivation to seek the elected position of County Commissioner is the lack of County representation for the citizens living in the Northern part of the County. It has been approximately 30 years since a County Commissioner has been elected that lives in North County.
* What are you focusing your candidacy on?
It begins with providing a voice to citizens who have not received full representation in many years. For too long a period, the County Commissioners have come exclusively from the Central County. I’m looking to provide expanded County representation. Additionally, 12 years of service and asking for 4 more years is too long for anyone in the same elected position. I bring a fresh set of eyes and an open mind to the table.
* What will be the most important issues in this race?
There will be an appeal made to keep the “status quo” because of a long time in the position by the existing Commissioner and thus a knowledge of County issues. Fortunately, I am a quick study on issues and can seek out knowledgeable people who know the specifics. Lincoln County is fortunate to have knowledgeable people who, when asked will assist in solving problems. My skill is in reaching out and obtaining a wide perspective of opinions and utilizing that knowledge in crafting the best course of action. Solutions should not be based on one person’s knowledge level but rather a composite of all sides to an issue.
The County is faced with a challenging future, with ocean issues, roads and highways, tourism, health care and the impact on rural hospitals, gaming and forest products, to name a few. I am an individual who can reach across all venues to identify the real issues, weigh priorities and forge solutions.
* What are the key differences between you and incumbent Terry Thompson?
The differences between myself and the incumbent are that I am a fresh set of eyes on the issues. I will tackle problems with an open mind, not burdened by past attempts or already established opinions on what should be done. Times and conditions have changed. I have positive relationships with local and state agencies and knowledge of the workings of local government. Thus I am in an ideal position to forge cooperation and explore consolidation of services to improve the service level and reduce costs to the betterment of the entire County.
I am fortunate to be retired which allows me to devote full time to this job. I do not have the responsibility of operating another business or the concern of having time diverted away from this elected position for other business reasons.
My professional career of 34 years in financial services was comprised of managing people. Besides dealing with policy issues, the Commissioner’s responsibilities also include managing people. I have a broad base of experience and knowledge in successful management to bring to the table.
* Running for county wide office is a logistical challenge. How are you directing your campaign to overcome the fact that you’re not well known outside of Lincoln City?
I have formed a Candidate Campaign Committee, Friends of Dick Anderson, so that I can accept contributions to assist in my effort of getting elected. I have learned from my previous campaign for Mayor that it is not who raises the most money or who spends the most money in winning an election. I will be campaigning hard for this office and I welcome others to assist in my effort. That might mean a financial contribution, door knocking assistance, assisting in mailers or putting up signs. There are many jobs in a campaign that will contribute to it’s success. Hard work is an important factor.
* You point out that you are mindful of possible benefits of consolidating certain aspects of emergency services, such as fire protection and law enforcement. There have been off an on discussions about streamlining local fire and police agencies – 8 fire agencies and 4 law enforcement agencies all within a county of only 45,000 people. That’s a lot of bureaucracy that might be better transformed under a central organization that would put more patrol officers on the street and possibly better coordinate fire fighting and fire prevention operations county-wide. Is this what you meant by referring to the term consolidation.
I have always been one to get the most bang for the taxpayers’ buck. If we can change something about a service and get more out of it, including water and sewer, then that’s a good thing. I’m open to bringing everybody to the table and explore every angle possible to enhance vital public services for the same, and preferably less cost to the taxpayers of Lincoln County.
* Commission Terry Thompson has a reputation for being quite an authority on fishing and other ocean issues. What competencies do you bring to the county.
I have been a three year member of the Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association. I have been exposed to many elements of natural resource management dealing with ocean issues. Mr. Thompson is still a member of the community and he will no doubt still be a major contributor to any discussions on the topic. But, of course, it’s up to elected officials to bring more than just one expert to bear on determining smart solutions to resource challenges. Elected leaders must focus on making sure everyone with something to contribute is involved in formulating smart answers to complex challenges. I can do that.
Dick Anderson has served as Mayor of the City of Lincoln City, a City Councilor, a Planning Commissioner and as a citizen’s representative to the budget committee. He is a member of the Cascade West Area Commission on Transportation and the Mid-Willamette Valley Area Commission on Transportation. Mayor Anderson is active in the Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association and the Lincoln City Chamber of Commerce. He is a graduate of the Leadership Lincoln Program sponsored by the Newport Chamber of Commerce and is a past member of the North Lincoln CERT Team. He is a past board member of the Community Development Corporation of Lincoln County, a non-profit organization that develops and owns affordable housing in an effort to meet the housing needs of low income residents.
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