EDITOR’S NOTE: The May 18 poll presents dozens of opportunities to serve your community on the local boards of our schools, ports, transportation district, recreation districts, water districts, fire districts and more again. There is no campaign brochure for a primary / special election, which is why the Pioneer offers this opportunity for candidates to talk to voters about themselves and the position they seek, even if they run. without opposition.
CANDIDATE STATEMENT Tillamook County Pioneer – 5 minutes “why we should vote for you”; Include information on why you are running for the job and your top 3 issues facing the board / organization you want to serve on.
MEET THE CANDIDATE: Jackie Edwards, Tillamook County Transportation District, Position 3
The Transportation District Board offers the opportunity to help the citizens of Tillamook County on a very basic and necessary level. I have served on the TCTD Board of Trustees (Position # 3) for the past seven years and have also served for several years on the District Transportation Advisory and Budget Committees, helping to gather information and make recommendations to the board.
Transportation is still vital for the survival of families, but especially in a rural area where workplaces are often very far from home and medical appointments may be impossible without adequate (and specially assisted) transportation. Over the years that I have been involved in the district, I have seen a proliferation of services to our residents, responding to previously unmet needs. The district and its leaders provide this much needed service to all residents and I want to continue to offer my skills to continue and expand these services to the whole county. We are fortunate to have people who care about the district and occupy key positions. I want to continue to be a part of this compassionate organization.
My professional background is in finance – from purchasing, to auditing, to fund allocation / budgeting to cost sections. This training includes continuous training with constant upgrading of contract administration skills.
Additionally, I have seen the world from the perspective of individuals struggling to survive. These are people who particularly need our services. I volunteered at shelters for battered women and youth and also worked on a suicide hotline. So although my skills are “professional skills”, they are also “interpersonal skills”. Tillamook County is a caring county and I want to continue to be a part of it by serving the transportation district. My skills and experience match well with the needs of the district and our community.
Over the past 8+ years, TCTD’s Board of Directors has taken the time to consider the needs of the entire Tillamook County and adopted plans designed to carefully invest taxpayer dollars in services. that offer the best return on investment. This was accomplished through surveys and analysis, with a mission statement: “Connecting Communities Through Sustainable Transit Services”.
Although the district is functioning very well and is financially strong, it is looking to the future when it comes to modernizing vehicles to improve air quality, improving technology so people can access schedules and other online services, and to identify, through surveys, what investments in public transit should be made. to ensure that local residents have access to reliable public transportation services to get to medical appointments and jobs. That said, we are concerned about the need to be competitive in our salary scale and to have affordable health care for drivers, maintenance technicians and dispatchers, and then to have affordable housing for these workers. . The District will continue to work with communities and community and county governments to meet these needs of our employees.
I am proud to have contributed to the success of the District over the past seven to eight years and look forward to continuing to serve the citizens of Tillamook County.