Name: George Endicott
Profession: Retired from a career as an analyst and computer specialist
Education: Oregon State University, bachelor’s degree in economics
Name: Ed Fitch
Profession: Attorney at Fitch Law Group
Education: Willamette University, law degree; Marquette University, masters and bachelor’s degree in history
Name: Krisanna Clark-Endicott
Profession: Not employed
Education: Willamette University, bachelor’s degree in economics and English
Name: Jon Bullock
Profession: Redmond Proficiency Academy executive director
Education: University of Oregon, doctoral degree in education; Willamette University, masters degree in secondary education; Oregon State University, bachelor’s degree in liberal studies.
Name: Jay Patrick
Profession: Network administrator
Education: Central Oregon Community College, associate degree
Name: Josefina Riggs
Profession: Care worker for disabled children
Education: Central University of Venezuela, undergraduate degree in library science
Redmond has competitive races for mayor and three city council positions on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.
Mayor George Endicott is being challenged by former mayor and city attorney Ed Fitch.
And the councilor race became competitive when a fourth candidate, Josefina Riggs, filed to run for one of three positions. The top three vote getters will earn a seat on the City Council.
The other council candidates are Krisanna Clark-Endicott, vice chair of the Redmond Urban Area Planning Commission, who is married to the mayor, and Redmond city Councilors Jon Bullock and Jay Patrick.
Each candidate said they welcome the competitive race.
Riggs, 59, who was born in Caracas, Venezuela, and moved to the United States in 1995, said she ran to give a voice to the other immigrants living in Redmond. Riggs wants to encourage diversity in the city and is a strong supporter of the LGBTQ community. In addition, Riggs is an advocate for disability rights as a care worker for children with disabilities.
“Because I am an immigrant, I want the immigrant people to have a voice in the city,” Riggs said. “At the same time, I want the LGBTQ people to have a voice here, and I want to help the disabled.”
Riggs is a member of local community and social justice groups, such as the Rural Organizing Project and Causa Central Oregon. She has experience traveling to Salem to support issues on the state level.
A major issue Riggs would address as a city councilor is affordable housing. It is a struggle for many to afford housing, and she would like to address those concerns.
“We have a very huge problem with housing in Central Oregon, similar to Portland,” Riggs said.
As someone who supports different viewpoints, Riggs said, she is concerned with Clark-Endicott serving on the council with her husband. The couple married in July 2017 after the Oregon Mayors Association summer conference in Lebanon. Clark-Endicott was mayor of Sherwood at the time.
The other council candidates have not expressed concerns over the possibility of a married couple on the council, but Riggs believes there could be problems because they likely share the same values and perspectives.
“You need to have diversity, and you need to have a different point of view,” Riggs said.
Clark-Endicott, 49, said she sees no issues with serving with her husband. They are individuals who do not agree on everything, she said. And after multiple terms as a city councilor and mayor in Sherwood, she points to her ability to make decisions.
“I think I have more than proven myself to be a person who can make up her own mind,” she said.
Clark-Endicott resigned as Sherwood mayor last year and moved to Redmond, after she faced a recall election over a contract dispute for the city-owned recreation center. Clark-Endicott said she chose not to fight what she called the vocal minority, and had already planned to move to Redmond.
“I chose not to participate in an additional election,” Clark-Endicott said.
Clark-Endicott is focused on bringing new ideas and projects to Redmond, she said. Specifically, she plans to start an active military banner program, where banners will be presented in the city to honor those who are serving in the military.
“I know that Redmond has a wonderful heart for veterans,” Clark-Endicott said. “I think that is something that would really resonate with the residents.”
She would like to start a community garden and continue supporting local children by inviting them to be a part of the city government. In past years, each city committee has appointed a local high school student as an honorary member to learn how the city operates.
“I bring a vast amount of experience and knowledge of city government and new and fresh ideas and a willing heart of service,” Clark-Endicott said.
Bullock, 47, was appointed in November to the City Council and is on the ballot for the first time.
As the executive director of the Redmond Proficiency Academy, Bullock said, he is comfortable overseeing a large operation and managing a budget. He uses those same skills as a councilor, he said.
The city was in the midst of its budget process when Bullock was appointed, and he was able to jump in and help decide priorities, including finding additional funds for the police department, he said.
“I was able to help us look at all of our funds with a new eye and come up with ways to fund the needs we have for police officers,” Bullock said.
Bullock said he will work to preserve Redmond’s hometown feel and natural beauty as the population continues to grow. He would like to work with developers and city planners to create commercial centers within each neighborhood that would include small grocery markets, coffee shops and meeting places.
Such neighborhood centers would enhance livability across the city, he said.
“It’s incumbent on us today to invest in the future we want to see,” Bullock said. “Invest in parts of Redmond we all love and make sure it looks and feels like the Redmond we want it to be.”
Patrick, 61, has served on the City Council for the past two decades.
In his time in office, Patrick said, he is proud of various projects, including the development of Centennial Park.
“I think that is fantastic for the kids,” Patrick said of the park. “I think that is one of the best things that has happened for the kids in the community.”
In addition, Patrick helped reopen climbing routes below the Maple Avenue bridge and develop the new route for U.S. Highway 97 away from the downtown corridor.
Patrick said he is excited to keep working on city projects, but most of all, he enjoys public service.
“We aren’t doing it for the money. We aren’t doing it for the lobbyists,” Patrick said. “We are just doing it for the community.”
The Central Oregon Association of Realtors is hosting a forum for council and mayoral candidates at 1 p.m. Thursday at Geno’s Italian Grill.
— Reporter: 541-617-7820, email@example.com