BEND, OR -- Bend City Councilor Sally Russell now has a challenger in November. Local businessman Wade Fagen ran back in 2012 and has decided to throw his hat into the ring again, this year.
"I just feel like we need a little more diversity on City Council, and people with passion about Bend, the livability and what Bend used to be like," Fagen tells KBND News. "And, being a Bend native, born and raised here, I've got a good baseline to grade the direction the Bend has been going; and to try and preserve the tranquility and livability of Bend."
Fagen believes managing growth is the biggest issue facing City Council. "We will always have too much growth for Bend. So, what I want to see us do is use that growth more efficiently and accommodate the tourists through each individual private business that deals with the tourists. We don't need to use public funds to go sell at the World Series 'Move to Central Oregon.' I think that's a complete waste of tax dollars."
He believes he would bring a common sense voice to the Council. "My strengths are in actually doing things, seeing efficiencies, running a business, kind of on-the-ground blue collar, I'm in the traffic doing deliveries everyday, I build things and maintain things, with my business, I do the marketing as well as the production." Fagen runs Fagen Tree Service and Wood Chips in Bend.