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Bend City Council Candidates Participate in a Bend Chamber Debate

Scott Ramsey was not able to attend because he was out of town and Ron Bozell didn't participate.


But Mark Capell, Nathan Boddie, Barb Campbell, Casey Roats, Richard Robertson and Lisa Seales were there.


Incumbent Mark Capell and physician Nathan Boddie are competing for the same seat.


Here are their closing argumetns on managing growth.


"Mark Capell:  There is a distinct difference between me and my opponent.  Several years ago the city got behind in keeping up with infrastructure due to our phenomenal growth and we got behind.  But we worked hard to put in more infrastructure and that's the kind of long range planning my opponent wants to abandon.  Nathan Boddie:  As a physician, my patient is the city and we have to be responsible planning and handling growth and I believe we are teetering on the brink and that's why this is an important election because of that."


Jodie Barram is running for Deschutes County Commissioner and four people are running for her council seat.  Two of the candidates are Casey Roats and Lisa Seales.


"Casey Roats:  Clearly the only distinction between Lisa and me is the UGB and how we'd deal with it.  I don't know how you create affordable housing if you don't have a supply of land.  The UGB requires us to have a supply for the next twenty years.  It's not arbitrary.  I think it has to be a mix.  Lisa Seales:  I'm really concerned about all the current Bend residents and I believe we have to have planning.  But I don't necessarily believe that the people of Bend should shoulder the burden of paying for growth for the future."


Council candidate Richard Roertson who is 39 year old and works at Abilitree, that our sources work for people with disabilities wants to focus on accessibility.


"Richard Robertson:  I want the Americans with Disabilities Act to finish our sidewalks so senior citizens and people in the city will be able to get around."


Barb Campbell is challenging current city councilor Scott Ramsey.


"I am very concerned that our entire economy rests on our quality of life.  That's why people move here.  We have something special here.  But I am running because I feel that's being threatened."

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