BEND, OR -- Bend City Councilor Victor Chudowsky says he's one and done: "I won't be running for reelection this fall." Chudowsky tells KBND News, "The main reason is, a lot of the things I've been concerned with the last few years have gone my way - I got my way, I won! And, I'm really pleased. It's kind of like a chapter closing in a book. I feel very satisfied with what I've accomplished, it's been a lot and I just feel it's time to move on to other things." He was elected to the Council in 2012; his first four-year term expires at the end of this year.
Chudowsky says the first of those successes involved the Urban Growth Boundary. "We lost a lot of time, we lost a huge amount of money - many millions. And, that failure is also one of the reasons housing costs are so expensive in Bend, right now. So, when I was elected, I took over as the Chair of that steering committee and got things back on the right track. Now, here we are three years later and we're getting closer to the finish line on this project with a really good product." He says he's also proud of the completion of the Bridge Creek Water Project and the recent defeat of a local gas tax proposal.
He plans to return to the consulting firm he runs with his wife. "My wife has put up with a lot over the past four years, it was kind of unfair to ask her to put up with it for another four years. I just feel I need to return my attention to that. And also to my daughter: I have a teenage daughter; she's going to be going off to college soon. I've got a few more short years with her in the house and I want to enjoy them as much as I can."
Collectively, between the City Council and his work on several committees, Chudowsky says he has served Bend for 10 years.