BEND, OR -- Bend businessman and former private detective Ed Barbeau has announced his intention to run for Deschutes County Commissioner against incumbent Tony DeBone.
Barbeau believes the Board of County Commissioners is distracted by things like the marijuana industry, instead of bringing skilled, high paying jobs to the area for kids pursuing careers, "I have a couple of granddaughters. In the next coming years, they're going to have to look for jobs. And the truth of the matter is, we don't have enough high-tech jobs, that pay well, in Bend. I don't really want them to have to go out of town to find a great job. So, I'd like to see us be a little more dynamic about attracting high tech and aviation businesses, and give these kids a chance to have a job here in Bend." He tells KBND News, "Oregon kids, Oregon Schools, Oregon jobs; that's what I'm going to be all about in the coming decade. That's what I'd like to do for the residents here in Central Oregon, is give them a great, dynamic place to live."
Barbeau is the long-time owner of Pisano's pizza in Tumalo, He ran for Deschutes County Commissioner in 2010, but was defeated by Tammy Baney. Barbeau swore off politics several years ago, but says the current Board's focus on marijuana instead of jobs caused him to change his mind. He also wants to work on housing and infrastructure, although he believes growth needs to come with careful planning, "I've experienced growth in different counties, different places I've been, and I've seen what growth without careful consideration can do to places, and I certainly don't want that for Central Oregon. However, we can be better than we are now."