Of the three candidates to fill Nathan Boddie’s seat on the Bend City Council next year, Andrew Davis stands out as most likely to be an effective, thoughtful member of that body. Voters should choose him for the Position 5 seat.
Davis, 34, faces Gena Goodman-Campbell, also 34, and Victor Johnson, 49.
Goodman-Campbell, who ran unsuccessfully against Knute Buehler for the Legislature in 2016, grew up in Portland and has lived in Bend since 2006. She’s bright and articulate, but her views about the city’s problems and how to solve them seemed more suited to her hometown than to Bend.
Victor Johnson, 49, moved to Bend in 2014. A musician and songwriter, he took a job with a local preschool but found his position eliminated in a change of leadership at the school. He’s concerned about livability in the city and believes a greater role for the arts could improve the situation.
Davis is a Bend native, a graduate of Oregon State University-Cascades in business administration and has a master’s degree from Willamette University. He works as student campus life director at Central Oregon Community College and previously held a similar position at OSU-Cascades.
Davis is all too aware of the economic boom-bust cycles the community goes through and would like to find ways to smooth them out. He knows, too, that one way to ease the housing crunch in town is to bring more land inside city limits quickly, a move that should also include additional commercial land, which, he says, is in short supply.
He’s worried that a proposed solution to septic-to-sewer problems in southeast Bend will prove too expensive for some and believes the city should step in to see that residents get the help they need.
Davis is a careful, middle-of-the-road candidate who has clearly done his homework and who seeks reasonable solutions to city problems. It’s a good attitude in a community that too often seems divided, and one that would help make the City Council more effective. He should be elected.