Last year’s decision by the council to abandon a several-decade project to build a third bridge over the Willamette River was one of the most disappointing and irresponsible choices made by the City in recent memory.
Salem is expected to grow by 60,000 more residents by 2035. Brad has been a tireless advocate of building the bridge to prepare for Salem’s future growth, keep our economy moving, cut down on idling vehicle carbon emissions, and emergency preparedness.
As a member of the Council, Brad has consistently advocated giving law enforcement the tools they need to connect our most vulnerable to the resources they need and keep our streets clean.
Salem’s homelessness crisis has reached crisis levels. Our budget should reflect that. Instead of spending city dollars on unneeded pet projects, our first priority must be getting those experiencing homelessness back on their feet.
Whether it be the increasing cost of housing or more of your incoming going to the government, Salem is becoming increasingly unaffordable for working families.
We must create government policy that allows the cost of housing to decrease. We must fight against unnecessary tax increases like the new payroll tax and utility fees on working families. Salem is a great place to live, but it must be affordable for our residents.
A RECORD OF SERVICE – PRINCIPLED LEADERSHIP
In leadership, Brad has always made sure the public has been heard, honored, and respected, while also taking a close look at the government process.
He has been a consistent advocate of allowing public comment at the beginning of Council meetings to make them more accessible so more people can engage with their city government.
Early in his term, Brad pioneered the “paperless councilor model” which transitioned councilors away from the weekly 500-page, 3-inch binder councilors would receive meetings and toward the use of laptops. This cut down on paper-waste and saved the taxpayer $50,000/year in printing costs.
His creation of a council rules committee cut council meeting time in half, prevented public hearings from starting late in the evening, which sometimes started after midnight.
Brad’s constant drive to make government more efficient and responsive has delivered results for the City of Salem.
Brad’s 30 years of experience in environmental and health and safety management has taught him how important it is to be good stewards of our environment.
Brad has helped the City of Salem become a leader in responsible environmental practices based on sound science. To that end, he developed and implemented several ISO 14001 certified Environmental Management Systems where he recently achieved a 99.8% solid waste diversion rate in his private employment.
To help preserve Oregon’s beautiful watersheds, Brad joined, and then became president of the Pringle Creek Watershed Council, assisted DEQ in the formation of the “Watershed Enhancement Team” (WET), and worked throughout the community to deliver best management practice education to businesses and non-regulated homeowners living adjacent to a stream.
As part of these projects, he and other volunteers stenciled “Dump No Waste, Drains to Stream” on storm drains to raise awareness of the interconnectedness of the stormwater system to Salem’s watersheds. Brad has also led stream cleanups in the city parks.
Brad has served on the Oregon State Local Emergency Planning Committee and assisted in the creation of Oregon’s “One Plan” emergency preparedness plan for businesses.
He currently serves in local leadership in the Salem Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. He is 40-hour trained in hazardous waste operations and emergency response and has maintained his status through required annual training. He has also developed Business Continuity Plans (BCP) in the private sector to ensure that natural and man-made hazards are identified and mitigated.
Brad is a strong advocate for well-structured plans over reactionary legislation.
He is consistently opposed to feel-good legislation that serves only to provide a visible sign of response. Willing to bear public pressure, Brad believes the right solution is to receive input and feedback, weigh the options, and come up with a solid and clean strategy.
With the complicated issues facing our community: development, homelessness, environmental stewardship, economic growth, and taxation, Brad believes in taking the time needed to develop effective solutions, to allow human ingenuity in the community to have the first crack at solving these issues, and to brainstorm innovative solutions that can make a real impact in the problems facing the people in our community.
As the 20-year chair of the Council Finance/Audit Committee, Brad has financial leadership with public money at the forefront of his mind.
Brad is an advocate for equal community buy-in, and has rejected several tax proposals that targeted specific industries, such as restaurant or entertainment taxes, in order to pull in more tax revenue. Instead, Brad has a track record of advocacy and votes for equal taxation.
Brad has a consistent reformer’s eye, and is always on the lookout for ways to avoid money-sinks and financially irresponsible ventures. He is not afraid to reject a tax proposal in favor of putting in the hard work to respect public money by using it wisely.
He has also approved fund reserves that have enabled Salem to make it through difficult financial times over the last 20 years. He believes in maintaining adequate fund balances and margins to weather tough economic times and unexpected costs.
Brad is a strong advocate of spending tax dollars wisely, and has consistently pushed back on the use of federal tax “grants” that come with strings attached. He believes that we shouldn’t have to send large amounts of Oregon tax money to the federal level only to have a significant portion go to the bureaucracy, and then beg to receive a small slice of that money back encumbered by excessive requirements in order to complete projects at twice the cost of using local tax dollars.