Lynn Peterson Formally Announces Candidacy for Metro President
Former Clackamas County Commissioner, 1000 Friends of Oregon Interim Executive Director and transportation expert would bring regional and local planning, mobility and environmental experience to critical position
PORTLAND—With just over one year until the May 2018 Primary Election, transportation and land use expert Lynn Peterson has formally announced her bid for Metro Council President. A civil engineer by training, Peterson has years of local and regional public service as a City Councilor in Lake Oswego, the first elected Chair of the Clackamas County Commissioner, Gubernatorial Transportation Advisor in Salem, Washington State Transportation Secretary, national consultant to State DOT’s and most recently as interim Director of 1000 Friends of Oregon.
Peterson cites the need to balance Portland’s fast growing economy with the crisis of affordability and traffic congestion that threatens the region’s legacy of a high quality of life due to coordinated land use and transit planning as motivations to seek this unique, three-county office.
“Our region—planned and nurtured as a model of innovation, sustainability and quality of life—is at a turning point,” said Peterson. “We face an affordable housing shortage forcing young people, working people and families out of our neighborhoods. Our world-class transportation system has stagnated in its ability to move a growing population and increased freight, while we struggle to maintain transit, streets, and other infrastructure. And our planning has not kept pace with economic growth and the critical need to protect greenbelts and open space. This hurts our families, quality of life, and ability of businesses large and small to open here, stay here, and create jobs. I’ve spent my career working to unite people around solutions that work, deliver value for taxpayers, and reflect our shared values. I look forward to this campaign, and serving the people of this incredible region.”
Peterson will formally launch her campaign with an event on May 24th, but begins the race with significant momentum, having raised over $42,000 and winning significant local endorsements, including Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, former Governor Barbara Roberts, Mayor Denny Doyle of Beaverton and Mayor Mark Gamba of Milwaukie.
“Lynn is exactly the type of progressive regional leader we need to align our commitment to livable communities with the pressures of growth we are currently experiencing,” said Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler. “We need her experience and hands-on, focused leadership to help address the regional affordable housing crisis, help us get out of congestion, and protect our parks, open space, and quality of life.”
“Lynn Peterson understands the needs of small cities and suburban communities,” said Denny Doyle, Mayor of Beaverton. “While representing Lake Oswego and Clackamas County, she delivered transportation improvements in rural, suburban and urban areas, and she appreciates the unique challenges facing all our communities in the region. She will be a great Metro President.”
“Our next Metro president needs to be grounded in the challenges facing small businesses, working people, lower income and underrepresented communities of color,” said Alando Simpson, Vice President of City of Roses Disposal & Recycling. “To truly grow and thrive, we need leaders like Lynn who understand that empowering people and communities is necessary to provide an equitable and prosperous region for all.”
Peterson will ramp up her campaign in the coming months and will visit communities and neighborhoods throughout the region.
“I’m excited to connect with people and visit places from Washington, Multnomah and Clackamas Counties. I intend to listen and learn from the people of this region. I want to hear their ideas for how we can provide a higher quality of life for them and their children,” said Peterson, who lives with her husband Mark and their Alaskan Malamutes in Lake Oswego. “We are a region of innovation and commitment to community. When we work together, we can solve problems and build a great future.”