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Joining the Fray: Five vie for open county commissioner seat


 

Tillamook County Commissioner Tim Josi is vacating his seat to run for Oregon State Legislature. Five candidates have announced campaigns for the commissioner position: Kari Mattson Fleisher, Ken Moffett, David McCall, Ron Weninger and Adam Schwend are all vying for Tillamook County Commissioner Position 3.

The North Coast Citizen has received statements from three of the candidates and will print the remaining as they become available:

Kari Mattson Fleisher
Kari Mattson Fleisher is seeking the office of Tillamook County Commissioner Position 3 and asking for your vote in the Primary Election on May 15. Kari understands the needs of Tillamook County having grown up in Nehalem. She is a local high school Valedictorian from Neah-Kah-Nie High School, and graduated from Southern Oregon University with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management with the assistance of numerous local scholarships.
After working in San Marcos, Calif. as a quality control manager for an organic spice company, she returned home to the beautiful and majestic Oregon Coast and joined the Tillamook County Assessor’s Office, rising to the senior position of Commercial/Industrial Appraiser.
She has a solid educational background and government experience that is unmatched. She has proven herself as a team player of the Assessor’s office. During her 14 years of service, she has developed software solutions to minimize time spent on projects and has increased efficiency.
Her volunteer activities have included representing Bay City as a City Council President and City Councilor, serving on the Port of Garibaldi budget committee, TAPA (Tillamook Association of the Performing Arts), Rising Tide Productions, AFSCME Local 2734 Union President, and a 4-H volunteer at the Tillamook County Fair. To conclude her time as a 4-H member, she had the opportunity to represent Tillamook County as an Oregon 4-H Ambassador attending the 4-H National Convention in Memphis, Tenn.
It is her vision to continue giving back to the community that supported her during her youth, keep Tillamook County a safe place to raise children, and to make Tillamook County an affordable place to live while encouraging growth. Creating more living wage jobs and housing with economic incentives that currently exist is a first step. This way more local graduates will make Tillamook County a home not just a starting place.
For further information and updates about her campaign, visit karifleisher.com, @fortillamookcountycommissioner on Facebook, or email her at [email protected].

David McCall
David McCall filed to run for Tillamook County Commissioner Position 3 Friday.
McCall is a Bay City Councilor, Tillamook County’s Solid Waste Program Manager. McCall will focus on important local issues such as, housing, quality services, recycling and sustainability, infrastructure repair, and emergency preparedness.
“I have a wide range of experiences and I want to use my knowledge to serve Tillamook County residents. I believe we need to better integrate the traditional roles of forestry, fishing and farming with tourism. Tourism has been growing faster than the support structures needed to support it. Each of these industries has an important role to play, but we need to work together to be successful. I have proven my ability to convene diverse groups and achieve innovative results to challenging problems. As commissioner I will continue to promote transparency and collaborative efforts that benefit our community,” said McCall.
McCall has held various positions in the Democratic Party on local and state levels, as well as in Hungary. He helped organize the Tillamook Farmers Market, serving as President of the board for the past three years.
McCall has earned several awards, including:
• Recycler of the Year (Association of Oregon Recyclers, 2017)
• Golden Bung Awards (North American Hazardous Materials Management Association, 2016, 2017)
• Agent of Change Award (North American Hazardous Materials Management Association, 2015)
• Professional Achievement Recognition (Minister for the Environment, Hungary, 2012)
• Strategic Advisory Board (Junior Achievement Magyarország, 2006)
• Service Recognition Award (American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary, 2004)
He is a member of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association (NAHMMA), the Association of Oregon Recyclers (AOR), and has HAZWOPER and ACS-100 certifications.
McCall and his wife Éva have been married for 23 years. Their daughter, Julia, is a senior at the University of Oregon majoring in Dance. McCall speaks fluent English, Hungarian, German, and enough Russian to order four cups of tea.
McCall will be holding three campaign kickoffs: the first in Rockaway Beach on Feb. 10, a second in Tillamook on Feb. 11, and a third in South County on Feb. 18. Several additional events are also planned to meet with residents and businesses throughout the county.
For more information on his campaign, visit VoteMcCall.org.

Adam Schwend
Real estate broker Adam Schwend has announced his candidacy for County Commissioner Position 3.
Schwend is a fourth-generation Tillamook County resident, and purposefully returned to Tillamook after college to raise his family.
“Tillamook County isn’t just my home; it’s part of my identity,” Schwend said.
During his youth, Schwend attended Tillamook public schools, played sports at the YMCA, sang in the school choir, worked at the local auto parts stores and volunteered with numerous non-profits. As an adult, he has continued to identify Tillamook as his home, and has fostered his love for community into volunteerism – namely serving as a member of the City of Tillamook Planning Commission, the Tillamook Urban Renewal Agency and the Tillamook City Council. He has also served as president of the Tillamook County Board of Realtors and the Cultural Events Director of the Monday Musical Club of Tillamook.
Schwend is a partner and principal broker at Coast Real Estate Professionals, and has witnessed first hand not only the struggles of small business owners, but the crippling need for housing solutions in our county.
“We need to be encouraging growth and finding solutions that don’t just work for some but work for everyone,” he said. “Housing is an all-hands-on-deck issue. The big question for the county is, ‘what can we do to make it less expensive for builders to build?’”
Schwend believes in finding collaborative solutions to the county’s problems by seeking out industry professionals and stakeholders to advise and help facilitate discussions.
“Government should not be operating in a vacuum,” he said. “Without consulting with those people, especially business owners directly tied to an issue, we cannot find sustainable solutions to our county’s problems.”
“For as long as I’ve known Adam, he’s focused on common sense solutions: how we can make things simpler for small business owners, support public safety and limit bureaucracy,” noted Aaron Burris, Tillamook City Councilor and small business owner. “He’s got my vote.”
While Schwend said he is excited about the opportunity to serve as the next County Commissioner and work toward finding solutions, he is equally as excited about the positive strides the county has made in the recent future and wants to see those movements continue in a direction.
“Tillamook is on the brink of something amazing right now,” Schwend concluded. “The choices we make over the next few years will shape the direction of our community for generations to come.
“I hope you’ll join me in moving our county forward in a spirit of collaboration, making essential services like infrastructure and public safety a priority and removing barriers and red tape so private businesses can thrive.”
To learn more, visit www.adamschwend.com.