REDMOND, OR -- Redmond's longest serving City Councilor says he's not done, yet. Jay Patrick is a network administrator for the Education Service District. He's been on Council for 20 years and says it's his way of serving his community. "I've lived in Redmond for most of my life, and I love Redmond. I love the City, I love the people. They treated me great when I was a kid, going to high school and grade school, and this is my way of just giving back to the community." He tells KBND News, "I'm running again because I like to be part of the solution, rather than just sit on the sidelines."
Patrick is proud of his accomplishments, so far, "Centennial Park; I think that's been a fantastic deal for the community, for both kids and parents. We had that water park put in, and the sprinklers, and the kids just have a great time. And number two, I would say, would probably be City Hall." Patrick was part of the Council that approved renovations at the historic Evergreen School, which became Redmond's City Hall in early 2017.
But, he believes there's still more work to do. Patrick says he's heard recently from citizens frustrated about regulations that are burdening potential business owners. "When somebody starts a business, they don't get only help from the city through Urban Renewal, and that type of thing; but we can find out what the issues are, what issues they're having, and try to help them there. It's mostly in regulations."
In addition to Patrick, Jon Bullock, Krisanna Clark-Endicott, and Josefina Riggs are running for three openings on Redmond's City Council. The top three vote-getters will earn a seat. The candidates are expected to take part in a forum, Thursday, hosted by the Central Oregon Association of Realtors, along with Mayor George Endicott and his challenger, Ed Fitch. That public forum starts at 1 p.m. at Geno's Italian Grill on North Highway 97.
For more on the candidates, visit our Elections 2018 page.