SISTERS, OR -- With only three candidates filed to run for three open seats on the Sisters City Council, voters didn’t have much deciding to do, until Kathryn Lindbloom launched her write-in campaign. She says she’d been asked to run before, but only threw her hat in the ring now because the interim City Manager has reduced the number of what she considered frivolous Council meetings.
Lindbloom has lived in the Sisters area for the last 10 years, but moved inside the city limits three years ago. Her first priority is to increase communication at City Hall. When she lived in California, Lindbloom says she taught communication to heads of corporations. "I do know what it means to communicate and have open communications; that’s a big thing we need here. Number two, we need a new City Manager; that’s a very, very big thing. And, a City Manager who is in tune to a small town and what our values are, here." She tells KBND News she's pleased with the direction provided by interim City Manager Rick Allen.
She also wants to make sure Sisters maintains its small town values. "[The] Park ranger property is going to be put back on the market. And, this is a huge chunk of property for the city and the last really developable property in the city. So, I think we need to give that quite a bit of thought, and get a lot of input from people – not based upon what we said five or six years ago, but what we need now as the city moves forward."
Lindbloom volunteers for various organizations and serves on the Sisters Budget Committee. She canvassed Sisters neighborhoods over the weekend. Lindbloom acknowledges she faces an uphill battle with her write-in campaign, compared to the other three candidates whose names actually appear on the ballot. "So, my door hangers and my letter to the editor all said that you need to spell my name correctly – you need both first and last name."