Bill Moseley is an impressive candidate for Bend City Council. Voters should elect him to replace Councilor Doug Knight for Position 2.
Knight’s work on the council has been a mixed bag. It’s hard not to admire the way he advocated for requirements on short-term rentals and made a failed push to have the city notify residents when a neighbor was putting up an accessory dwelling unit.
But he has also led the council into a policy cul-de-sac by championing the city’s climate action resolution. That was sprung on the council as ready for a vote. Not only was it not ready for a vote, it has drawn city time and money away from core services that Bend must provide. Moseley will pull the council’s decision making to the center of its responsibilities.
Knight, 50, sometimes has forgotten that the council in Bend is a policy-making body. It does not have a role in managing city staff other than the city administrator. Knight has apologized, but he crossed that line more than once and even berated city staff.
There are a number of other ways to slice the differences between the two. One way to think about them is in terms of regulation. Knight favors more. Moseley thinks less is more. That’s an oversimplification, but, for instance, Knight is more supportive of the increased density required by the state for Bend. Moseley wants to push back on the state’s urban growth boundary regulations.
Moseley should not be pigeonholed as a pro-growth, business candidate. He says he will listen to all sides. And he’s doing it. He took it upon himself to seek input from members of Central Oregon LandWatch, the environmental group, on Bend issues.
Moseley, 47, built a software business from the ground up in Bend, GL Solutions. It has some 63 employees. Before that he worked for the Oregon Department of Justice overseeing charitable fundraising and gaming activities. Those experiences give him leadership and business skills to take a strategic approach to focusing on the city’s real problems — not tangents. Vote Moseley.