Three dozen people are seeking a vacant seat on the Bend City Council. They live in every part of Bend and range in age from 25 to 72, and the one thing they all have in common is a desire to serve in city government. The Bulletin asked each candidate for information and most responded.

Chuck Allen

Age: 70

Occupation: retired corporate executive

Part of town: southeast

Party: nonaffiliated

Government experience: none

Why he’s running: Allen said he has experience planning for and dealing with rapid growth in the private sector and believes those skills will translate to the city.

Kathy Austin

Age: 67

Occupation: architect specializing in affordable housing

Part of town: southeast

Party: Democrat

Government experience: member of Bend’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee and now-dormant Arts, Beautification and Culture Commission, former city councilor and mayor of Sebastapol, California

Why she’s running: Austin said her previous experience in city government will help her jump into the role, and she wants to focus on reducing the cost of housing, particularly through concentrating growth in the city’s core.

Charles Baer

Age: 50

Occupation: security guard

Part of town: southwest

Party: Libertarian

Government experience: former candidate for mayor and Bend City Council

Why he’s running: To focus on what he describes as the two most important political issues of our time: fiscal transparency and access to reproductive health care.

Lief Bamberg

Age: 31

Occupation: co-founder of nonprofit Protect Our Progress Coalition

Part of town: northeast

Party: Democrat

Government experience: none

Why he’s running: Bamberg said he is a progressive activist who wants to continue moving Bend forward.

Jeanne Berry

Age: 69

Occupation: retired public school administrator

Part of town: southwest

Party: Independent

Government experience: former mayor of Yarrow Point, Washington; former member of planning committees in Bend and Washington, board of Century West Neighborhood Association

Why she’s running: Berry said she has the experience of running a city and wants to serve Bend.

Ron “Rondo” Boozell

Age: 57

Occupation: unemployed

Part of town: northwest

Party: Republican

Government experience: none

Why he’s running: Boozell has attended nearly every City Council meeting since 2010 and said he wants to bring a new voice to the council.

Ross Burford

Age: did not respond

Occupation: account manager at Ventana Research

Part of town: southeast

Party: did not respond

Government experience: none

Why he’s running: Burford runs Summit High School’s speech and debate team, which he said is good training for running a city.

Andrew Davis

Age: 34

Occupation: student life director, Central Oregon Community College

Part of town: northeast

Party: Republican

Government experience: Orchard District Neighborhood Association board member, 2018 Bend City Council candidate

Why he’s running: Davis said he wants to work on increasing the supply of housing and attracting higher-paying jobs to Bend.

James Dorofi

Age: 44

Occupation: not employed

Part of town: southeast

Party: nonaffiliated

Government experience: chairman of Bend’s Old Farm District Neighborhood Association, helped create Neighborhood Leadership Alliance

Why he’s running: Dorofi said he has spent a lot of time volunteering over the past eight years and said he is good at bringing people with different ideas together. He believes he’ll be able to find support among voters for city initiatives.

Wade Fagen

Age: 55

Occupation: owner, Fagen Trees and Chips

Part of town: northeast

Party: Republican

Government experience: ran for City Council in 2012 and 2016

Why he’s running: Fagen said he’ll bring a blue-collar, common-sense knowledge of issues the City Council faces and he understands urban trees, forest and soil.

Jim Figurski

Age: 66

Occupation: landscape architect

Part of town: northwest

Party: Democrat

Government experience: previously worked for the Bend Park & Recreation District on projects including the Pavilion and Riley Ranch Nature Preserve, several local and state boards in the Portland area

Why he’s running: Figurski said his experience as a landscape architect will be valuable to the city when planning future development.

Thomas Fisher

Age: 72

Occupation: retired English professor

Part of town: northeast

Party: Independent

Government experience: Bend Park & Recreation District budget committee, downtown parking committee, boards in Florida and Nevada

Why he’s running: Service has been important to him since his time as a Peace Corps volunteer decades ago, he said.

Chris Frye

Age: did not respond

Occupation: estimator for Webfoot Painting

Part of town: outside city limits

Party: did not respond

Government experience: former mayor, city councilor and budget committee member in Sisters

Why he’s running: Frye has experience in Sisters city government and said he follows Bend politics religiously.

Justin Gottlieb

Age: 42

Occupation: sales associate, Office Max

Part of town: northwest

Party: Democrat

Government experience: none

Why he’s running: Gottlieb frequently attends meetings and said he’ll represent a minority opinion.

Geri Hauser

Geri Hauser

Age: 60

Occupation: retired Deschutes County geographical information system analyst

Part of town: northeast

Party: Democrat

Government experience: 27 years as a county employee, president of employee union, former candidate for state Senate

Why she’s running: She said she wants to serve on the City Council to foster a healthy workforce and keep Bend viable and attractive.

Joseph Hesbrook

Age: did not provide

Occupation: retired Federal Emergency Management Agency training leader and tribal liaison

Part of town: northwest

Party: Independent

Government experience: former FEMA employee, constituent liaison for former U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., Oregon State Bar Association board of governors

Why he’s running: Hesbrook said he’ll be a voice for the retired and working class on the City Council.

Trudi Jackson

Age: 64

Occupation: unemployment claims specialist, Oregon Employment Department

Part of town: southwest

Party: Democrat

Government experience: state employee, Democratic precinct committee person

Why she’s running: Her father was a city councilman in Albany when she was young and she said she wants to serve her community too.

David Johnson

Age: 66

Occupation: retired from oil industry

Part of town: southeast

Party: nonaffiliated

Government experience: board member, Mountain High homeowners association

Why he’s running: Johnson has experience in long-range planning from when he lived in Boerne, Texas, and he said he sees an opportunity to help Bend grow while maintaining its character.

Joshua Langlais

Age: 36

Occupation: freelance photographer

Part of town: northwest

Party: nonaffiliated

Government experience: ran for mayor in 2018

Why he’s running: Langlais runs a website where he posts weekly interviews and portraits of Bend residents, and said he wants to bring the same style of listening and community-building to the City Council.

Brittany Leffel

Age: 25

Occupation: hotel reservation sales agent and community college student

Part of town: northeast

Party: Democrat

Government experience: none

Why she’s running: Leffel said she believes in Bend’s potential and wants to propel it forward as it transitions from a small city to a big one. She said she’ll bring a new perspective as a young, working resident of the city’s east side.

Chet Liew

Age: 42

Occupation: IT solutions architect at TDS Communications

Part of town: northwest

Party: nonaffiliated

Government experience: none

Why he’s running: He’s thought about running for office for the past few years, and said he wants to bring transparency to city government.

Kerani Mitchell

Age: 33

Occupation: accounting associate for national nonprofit foundation Groundswell Fund

Part of town: northwest

Party: nonaffiliated

Government experience: founding board member of Bend International School, team member of Deschutes Public Library’s Bend Community Conversation, designed workshop for city’s Welcoming Week

Why she’s running: Mitchell said she wants to make Bend’s 2018 declaration that it would become one of the most inclusive cities in the country a reality.

Lauren Mork

Age: 39

Occupation: monitoring program manager at Upper Deschutes Watershed Council

Part of town: northwest

Party: Democrat

Government experience: canvasser for Oregon League of Conservation Voters

Why she’s running: Mork said she wants to build on the city’s climate action plan and develop policies that value the interests of the environment and residents.

Gregg Morris

Age: 46

Occupation: freelance writer and marketing director of 4 Peaks Presents music festival

Part of town: northeast

Party: Democrat

Government experience: board chairman of Commute Options

Why he’s running: An appointed position allows for candidates who aren’t aligned with business associations or special-interest groups, he said.

Jenni Neahring

Age:52

Occupation: palliative care physician at St. Charles Bend

Part of town: northwest

Party: Democrat

Government experience: served on state Palliative Care Advisory Council, ran in the Democratic primary for U.S. Rep. Greg Walden’s House seat in 2018.

Why she’s running: Transportation barriers and a lack of affordable housing affect patient health, and she wants to work on a communitywide level to alleviate those barriers, she said.

Chris Piper

Age: 51

Occupation: vice president of business development for Cleveland, Ohio-based marketing company Proforma

Part of town: southwest

Party: Republican

Government experience: none

Why he’s running: Bend gave him the means to telecommute, raise a family and be part of local organizations, and several people told him he should apply, he said.

Casey Powell

Age: 43

Occupation: owner, DogWatch of Central Oregon

Part of town: southwest

Party: nonaffiliated

Government experience: none

Why he’s running: Powell grew up in Bend and said he wants to give back to the community.

Justin Rae

Age: did not respond

Occupation: partner at Northline Wealth Management, co-owner of Outside In and founder of Bend Outdoor Worx

Part of town: northwest

Party: did not respond

Government experience: worked with city and park district through roles on the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance and Oregon Natural Desert Association

Why he’s running: Rae said he has in-depth knowledge of challenges facing businesses in Central Oregon and extensive experience with nonprofit work.

Danielle Rosenfield

Age: 35

Occupation: senior operations and talent manager at Citrix

Part of town: outside city limits

Party: Democrat

Government experience: none

Why she’s running: Rosenfield, who previously worked for Microsoft, said she wants to use data to drive city decisions.

Beau Rummel

Age: 40

Occupation: firefighter, Orange County Fire Authority

Part of town: southwest

Party: not a registered voter

Government experience: public employee

Why he’s running: Rummel said he wants to increase investment in the city’s police and fire departments.

Barbara Smiley

Age: 62

Occupation: freelance designer

Part of town: northwest

Party: Democrat

Government experience: former member of Deschutes County Historic Landmarks Commission

Why she’s running: It’s part of her value system to step up because democracy is not a spectator sport, and she wants to contribute to smart growth, she said.

Kori Sparks

Age: 30

Occupation: Central Oregon LandWatch operations director

Part of town: northeast

Party: Democrat

Government experience: accessibility advisory committee member, former Awbrey Butte Neighborhood Association land use chair

Why she’s running: Sparks said she has experienced the same challenges of finding housing and a living-wage job that affect many in Bend. Those experiences, as well as her work on Councilor Gena Goodman-Campbell’s campaign, make her feel confident she can represent all Bend residents.

Jeff Swanson

Age: 62

Occupation: sales manager, Eugene Wine Cellars

Part of town: northwest

Party: Republican

Government experience: Bend 2030 board member

Why he’s running: He’s been working on transportation challenges, how to develop workforce housing and how to engage people in Bend, he said.

Emily Tompkins

Age: 40

Occupation: facilitator

Part of town: northeast

Party: Democrat

Government experience: professional consultant for Bend’s climate action plan, campaign manager for now-Councilor Gena Goodman-Campbell’s 2016 state House run, member of Bend 2030’s middle market housing committee

Why she’s running: Tompkins said she wants to approach transportation infrastructure, urban development and climate action by thinking ahead to 2050.

Cherith Velez

Age: 43

Occupation: full-time mother, formerly a math teacher and computer consultant

Part of town: northwest

Party: Democrat

Government experience: student government at Barnard College

Why she’s running: Velez said she has the time to serve and has been interested in government since she helped design a public park in Durango, Colorado, as a sixth-grade student.

Theo Wilhelm

Age: 46

Occupation: teacher at Cascade Middle School

Part of town: northwest

Party: Democrat

Government experience: public school employee

Why he’s running: Wilhelm, who moved to Bend five years ago, works with diverse groups of students and said he wants to work with the City Council to manage opinions on how Bend should change.

— Reporter: 541-633-2160; jshumway@bendbulletin.com

Bulletin reporter Jackson Hogan contributed reporting

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