Portland Mercury
Mercury Primary Endorsements 2022: Metro

The Portland Metro Council, whose reach extends over a three county region (Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas), has its fingers in a lot of pies—land use, environmental concerns, and transportation, as well as running such venues as the Oregon Convention Center, the Expo Center, Oregon Zoo, and more. When this same region is also in the middle of a housing and climate crisis, it becomes clear that their work is more important than ever. As such, the person overseeing such a sweeping venture should possess exceptional planning skills, deep institutional knowledge, and a humanistic approach to governing. And we think, in this election cycle, current Metro President Lynn Peterson continues to fit the bill. … Read More

Portland Tribune
Our view: Metro leader did right to start clock on homeless fix

In her State of the Region address to the Portland City Club on Jan. 21, Metro President Lynn Peterson said visible progress is on the way — and very soon. She put a six-month marker on it, and for that, we thank her. Frustration over current conditions is off the charts, and now Portland-area residents have a timeline by which to judge the effectiveness of their extraordinary investments in shelters, low-income housing and homeless services. … Read More

The Oregonian
Oregon leaders condemn resurgence of right-wing groups, political clashes in Portland

“The threat and use of violence against people and the destruction of property to further bigoted political or social objectives undermines our growing commitment to a truly inclusive community,” the leaders wrote in a letter released Friday and signed by Gov. Kate Brown, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and Metro President Lynn Peterson. “That is why we loudly reject violent anti-democratic incursions seeking to use Portland as a national stage to instill fear and promote bias violence in our city and beyond.” … Read More

OPB: Oregon Public Broadcasting
Meet Metro’s New Boss, And Prepare For Major Portland Area Changes

As she takes office this week as president of Metro, the Portland area’s regional government, Peterson is focused on all the places in between the long, car-centric stretches of asphalt that connect the region’s thriving city centers. These are not the places that made Portland a national leader in smart growth. But they are vitally important in solving several of the state’s biggest problems – including the housing crisis and a traffic snarl that, as it worsens, grows into an increasing economic threat.

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Portland Monthly
This Rising Political Star Could Redefine the Portland Region

Now—though most people have only vaguely heard of the agency and few could name its elected leader—Peterson is poised to give the role potent new force. For 30 years she has stitched cities and regions together through the oft-unglamorous fabric that binds them: transportation. A civil engineer by training, she has held top jobs at Metro, TriMet, and in Gov. John Kitzhaber’s administration. She then ran the Washington State Department of Transportation, playing an instrumental role in the largest transportation bill in that state’s history.

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The Oregonian
Lynn Peterson to lead Metro Council

Lynn Peterson.
Lynn Peterson. (Randy L. Rasmussen/File)
Voters picked longtime urban planner and former Clackamas County chairwoman Lynn Peterson to lead the Metro Council. She'll join newcomer Juan Carlos Gonzalez of Hillsboro on the council. A race for a seat representing much of Clackamas County was still undecided in early returns. The seven-member Metro Council oversees a regional government agency responsible for land-use planning and other programs. Peterson, of Lake Oswego, held a commanding 78 percent to 21 percent lead over opponent Michael Langley, who did not actively campaign. She'll take the place of Tom Hughes, who served the maximum two consecutive terms. It was unclear if Betty Dominguez of Oak Grove, who was appointed to the District 2 seat representing much of Clackamas County earlier this year, would have a chance to keep the seat. Lake Oswego City Councilor Joe Buck, who won 38 percent of the vote in early returns, appeared headed for a runoff with either Christine Lewis of West Linn, at 22 percent, or Dominguez, at 20 percent. Gonzalez, a nonprofit executive, beat opponent Dana Carstensen, a Metro employee, 55 percent to 44 percent to represent District 4, which also includes Forest Grove, Cornelius and parts of Beaverton. Shirley Craddick of Gresham was re-elected to the District 1 seat after running unopposed. She represents much of east Multnomah County, as well as Damascus and Boring. Peterson and Gonzalez won't take office until January, after the Metro Council has made a key decision on whether to expand the urban growth boundary and make more rural land available for development. They will also sit out the council's decision on whether to refer to voters a $516.5 million bond measure to fund affordable housing projects. Voters also easily re-elected Metro's auditor, Brian Evans, who ran unopposed.
-- Elliot Njus enjus@oregonian.com 503-294-5034 @enjus
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