I’m Ralph Busby and I am running for a position on the City Council. Newport is a great place and I love living here. I am asking for your support in this election so that I can work for you. I bring unique experience and a willingness to work for your benefit. Newport is a special place whose people, character, and environment will be in the forefront of any actions I would take on the Council. I recognize that infrastructure improvements are needed, and business could be better. I understand the obligation the Council has to ensure change happens in a manner that preserves the quality of life we enjoy. I appreciate that there is only so much money. It is your money, and I will take care if it for you.
I am originally from Grays Harbor County, WA and my wife, Sharon, from Redmond, OR. We have lived in Eugene, Portland, Salem, and the Seattle area as well as spending several years on the east coast in Ocean City, NJ. We were fortunate to be able to purchase a home in Newport and have resided here since our retirement.
I am a graduate of the University of Oregon with a degree in transportation, and was employed by the Federal Aviation Administration for 15 years and Computer Sciences Corporation for 25 years, spending my professional career working in air traffic control and information technology. My experience encompasses the management of multi-million dollar business segments and programs. I have served on various aviation advisory boards (including Newport), and was a councilman in Ocean City, NJ. This background has provided me an excellent understanding of financial and personnel management, as well as government process. It has also taught me the importance of sound planning, tracking, and reporting.
My view of the job:
I see the role of the Council as providing the infrastructure to enable people and business to succeed, and the arts to excel. I support regulation as a last alternative, not a replacement for cooperation and education. I would work to ensure that the City staff is empowered to operate in the most efficient manner possible, and bring forth suggestions to continue to improve efficiencies. I believe the Council should be responsible to ensure that clear visibility is provided into the expenditure of city resources and the ongoing performance of capital projects. The Council should always be responsible to the people of Newport for managing their money in a manner that best represents the needs of the majority.
How I do business:
I recognize being a qualified council person requires empathy for the people you represent; no amount of technical expertise can replace understanding the human side of the City’s business. I have an open mind, and will gather facts from all sides when analyzing an issue. I’m willing to listen, compromise, and work effectively with the other council members. I’m not afraid to make decisions, and explain my reasoning.
My vision for Newport:
I would like to see Newport continue grow as the diverse community it is. The mixture of people, the businesses in which they engage, and the outstanding environment must be encouraged and supported. I support the improvements to our water/sewer infrastructure, and I’m looking forward to the removal of overhead lines along Highway 101. I appreciate the sometimes fragile coexistence of our various commercial and government enterprises, and encourage their reasonable growth. I support Newport’s rising position in the scientific community. I encourage the acquisition of park lands, the construction of bike and hiking trails, and the paving of our gravel streets. Newport’s well-deserved reputation as the center for the arts on the coast should continue to be promoted. I would work for close cooperation with the Port, Community College and other public entities. I believe these things can be accomplished within the existing revenue base. Change is inevitable, but quality change must be well managed and I believe much of that responsibility falls upon the Council.