Twenty years ago, I came to Lincoln City as a nightly renter in the Nelscott area. I liked this community so much that I retired here full-time ten years ago, subsequently serving on the Planning Commission and Budget Committee. As a Labor Relations Consultant, I also served as a community organizer, who worked to bridge divisions of ethnicity, religion and political philosophy in the interest of community stability. This involved meeting and listening to the community members, identifying grass roots leaders, goals and solutions for the common good.
It was natural for me to get involved with Lincoln City’s oldest Neighborhood Association, first as a secretary and then as President. During that time, we built a voice and presence as participants in the Urban Renewal process and attended Council meetings. We have always had community representatives on City Advisory committees. The Association goals are to inform and unify the community in order to have a voice in any planning and visioning processes impacting us.
I am running for City Council because I see the voices of our neighborhoods fading away—their needs are not being heard. Needless to say, affordable and workforce housing are most urgent. The current City Council Ward members have done a good job of trying to focus on their issues, but are met with organized resistance from those who want to expand private capital investments. In speaking with people I hear their frustration at being ignored or overlooked; apathy is taking over our community. I will work tirelessly to carry the voice of our neighborhoods to City Council. I ask for you to vote for Judy Casper this November. Thank you.