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County Commission candidates: In their own words

Andy Davis

Andy Davis
Friday, May 4, 2018

Age: 40

City: Astoria

Length of time in region: 3 years

Occupation: Data Analyst, GOBHI

Education: I studied Religion at Wabash College, and Public Administration at Indiana University.

Community/Political involvement and Experience: I’m a member of the budget committee for both Clatsop County and the City of Astoria. I serve as a delegate for Clatsop County to the Democratic Party of Oregon State Central Committee. This January I coordinated efforts locally to pass Ballot Measure 101 preserving healthcare coverage for thousands of Oregonians. I served 2 years in Bloomington, IN as a Sustainability Commissioner.

Top three issues affecting the county:

Affordable housing

Tight budgets for government work, especially public safety and health

Demographic and technological changes

How would you approach those three issues?

I'll work from the foundation created by the current housing study and create a network of cooperation with the incorporated areas of the county to address workforce housing needs. I see this as the most crucial short-term issue for the county and it will require the cooperation and hard work of all the government, business and nonprofit groups in the county to effectively solve this issue for the long term. I believe my skills for synthesizing and effectively presenting data to different audiences will help to get all stakeholders on the same page and move the county forward.

This is a larger issue that has roots in increased costs from PERS, but also in restrictive property tax laws at the state level. There are limits to what we can do as a county, but I have experience writing and seeking grant funding, and would try to leverage that to enable the county to undertake capital improvement projects without having to depend so heavily on bond issues from the public. I would also explore what options we as a county have for raising additional revenues from vacant and vacation homes, to incentivize remote owners to return dwellings that are infrequently used back to the pool of available housing in the county.

Our county is older than the national and state average, and we face a demographic bubble like much of the US: when the baby boomer generation retires we will need to provide more health services and later-life care than we are currently prepared for. In addition, I believe technological shifts will automate many current jobs and leave many residents looking for new careers. I believe that we can approach these two issues together by working with county agencies and groups to provide education and support for those wishing to work in the caring industry. Support for existing nursing and CNA programs, as well as programs to train behavioral health workers and end of life caregivers will ease both of those transitions in our county.

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