BEND, OR -- Bend's newest City Councilor will be sworn in Wednesday evening. Gena Goodman Campbell says the ceremony will be largely a formality during the regular Council meeting. "I'm excited to get right to work," Goodman Campbell tells KBND News, "Our first task will be appointing somebody to fill the vacancy that is left now that Sally Russell is moving in to Mayor." Applications to fill Russell's Council seat will be accepted through Friday. "Hopefully, we'll get a lot of good applicants to choose from. And then we'll have interviews on the 14th, and hopefully select somebody on the 16th, at our meeting then."
Goodman Campbell says she's not worried about being the lone new Councilor. She says each current member brings something different to the table and she's interested in seeing where her expertise can be most effective in achieving the goals she outlined in her campaign, "Long-range transportation planning and making sure that we're getting a better transportation system in place for the next generation, and then affordable housing is just always the focus. Council has done a lot, but I see some other places where we can move forward, and some exciting opportunities, so I'm excited to get to work on that." She says she's ready to add to the process, "They have been doing a lot of good work on issues like affordable housing and transportation. So, I'm just looking for where I can fit in and provide a new perspective, help move the conversation forward and help people find common ground and not get stuck in debates."
Wednesday's Council meeting begins at 7 p.m. with Mayor Sally Russell, incumbent Councilor Barb Campbell and Councilor-Elect Goodman Campbell taking the oath of office. Council will also select a Mayor Pro Tem.