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Council hopefuls rally for cop levy

Lori DeRemer is running unopposed in her re-election campaign as Happy Valley mayor, but four others will duke it out for two City Council seats in the city's open-election format.

One of Happy Valley's two seats up for election was vacated in April by Tom Andrusko, a 1986 graduate of Clackamas High School who owns a construction contracting company. Happy Valley councilors decided May 6 not to appoint a replacement, but rather leave the seat vacant until voters decide on their Nov. 4 ballots.

Efficient use of city resources should always be a priority of any councilor, but what sets these four candidates apart?

Markley Drake

Council President Markley Drake previously worked in Multnomah County as a senior research analyst for its sheriff's office and as a project manager for its aging and disability services department. Happy Valley's council had first appointed Drake to his seat about a year before his election in 2006.

Drake, 62, hopes his 2014 re-election will coincide with the passage of a five-year levy increasing the city's $1.38 per $1,000 of assessed value for increased police services in the city by 27 cents to $1.65 per $1,000 of property value. The 19.5 percent increase is the first proposed since 2002; during the following decade, Happy Valley's 911 call volume increased by 250 percent, as its population grew by 315 percent.

“During that time period, costs have increased to the point we can no longer sustain our level of police protection within the current levy amount,” Drake said. “Over the past 12 years, we have increased our population to over 16,000 residents and increased the physical size of the city (from 4.5 to 9 square miles). Citizens have also expressed concerns regarding school safety, and we have added money to fund a School Resource Officer.”

A small number of unincorporated Clackamas County residents looking for better urban services have petitioned to annex into Happy Valley during the past two years, and Drake promises to continue to address these petitions as they are received. However, he believes bordering citizens of Damascus need to resolve their own issues and make decisions without outside interference.

"The city of Happy Valley remains neutral and stays out of the issues in Damascus," Drake said. "I wish them the best, and hope they can resolve their issues."

Having served over two years on the Planning Commission and three years on the Parks Committee, Drake is proud to have been actively involved in helping lead Happy Valley for the past 12 years. Over the next four years to promote and build a better community, his goals and objectives coincide with City Council goals and objectives:

• With other councilors, research possible funding sources for street maintenance and repairs in the city. "The state gas tax has not been increased for a number of years and is inadequate to fund our maintenance needs," he said.

• Continue to look at school safety issues including issues with young children being forced to walk to school if they live less than a mile from the school. As a legislative issue, he also pledges to work with council to resolve this issue.

• Continue the city objectives of promoting industrial land to help with city funding and provide jobs.

• Continue pursuing methods to attract businesses and the housing industry to help spur job growth.

• Serving on the Water Environment Services advisory board, he will continue working with the county on several projects, including bio-waste disposal and other wastewater management issues.

• Serving on the local Public Safety Coordinating Council, he is looking forward to more public-safety educational outreach and helping to support neighborhood watch programs. Although crime rates are low, he believes there's some room for improvement.

• Continue adding to the local park system, including sports fields for children to use.

David Golobay

David Golobay also supports local law enforcement and believes the levy that would “fully fund policing” is important for the safety of residents and Happy Valley’s growing business sector.

Golobay believes his relative youth at age 35 would be an asset to City Council since Happy Valley’s demographics have changed greatly in the past 10 years.

“We have become a younger family community, as is evident at our community events, and I believe young families need to have a voice on our City Council,” he said.

Golobay is chairman-elect to the North Clackamas County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and president of the Happy Valley Business Alliance. As owner of Sun Glow Heating & Air Conditioning, Golobay has sponsored the Clackamas High School athlete of the week to bring recognition in the Clackamas Review for hardworking youth; he also sponsors many North Clackamas School District fundraising programs, is a corporate sponsor for the city of Happy Valley and is the city’s title sponsor for its concert series. He is a member of the Happy Valley Traffic & Public Safety Committee and is the chairman of the Multnomah County Business Advisory Council.

Golobay believes that any property owner who desires to annex into the city of Happy Valley should have that right.

However, with regard to Damascus, he believes “the city of Happy Valley’s role is simply to allow property owners, who choose to de-annex from Damascus as would be allowed by the passing of House Bill 4029, to annex into the city according to the parameters as set by HB 4029,” he said.

His other priorities include transportation improvements, safety of children in Happy Valley schools through resource officers and the growth of the local business sector.

Brett Sherman

Brett Sherman is also strongly in support of the police levy.

“Generally, the minimal increase in funding cost from the prior levy is necessary to maintain our safety in the city,” Sherman said, “We currently have emergency response times (from the initial call to 911 to when police/fire have arrived) of around 4-5 minutes in Happy Valley – this would certainly not be the case if relying on a sheriff to arrive from miles and miles away. The levy also responds to a need for a School Resource Officer, who would provide safety services in our local schools.”

A recipient of the 2011 Governor’s Council Fitness Leadership Award, Sherman, 48, has thoroughly enjoyed coordinating the Happy Valley Hikers for the past eight years. Hiking more than four miles a day in Happy Valley, he loves introducing friends and neighbors to local parks and natural areas.

After many years working in the “suit and tie world,” Sherman opened a small financial advisory business in Happy Valley this year and loves being his “own boss.” He believes a valuable foundation for representing citizens at Happy Valley City Hall comes from his 26-year career in the financial industry focused on finding creative solutions to money problems, leading project teams, building consensus among decision-makers and helping people make positive, long-term plans.

He’s vice-chairman of the Happy Valley Traffic & Public Safety Committee and also volunteers as a Community Watch Coordinator.

Sherman says it is important for the city to be responsive if residents of unincorporated Clackamas County request annexation, but advocates a diminished role for Happy Valley in resolving issues for Damascus residents and property owners. 

“Other cities’ residents and property owners should work within the construct of their own city to resolve issues,” he said. “It is not Happy Valley’s place to be actively involved with neighboring-city issues.”

His other top goals in office would be for the city to prudently manage its growth while providing a strong foundation for local businesses to succeed. “As such, we should be very conscientious when approving new residential construction, while also striving to enhance business opportunities on the east side of the city,” he said. “It is also a priority to enhance local schools, parks and recreation areas to provide a safe and enjoyable experience for our residents.”

Nick Tacheny

Nick Tacheny, whose professional career has been in medical sales, is “very supportive of making sure our community is as safe as possible, and would support keeping what we have and increase the presence of uniformed officers.” He would also “make sure that we are utilizing these increased rates in the best way possible that supports what the people of Happy Valley support.”

Tacheny says service, community and family are core to his values and key reasons behind his bid for a City Council position.

“Public service requires accountability on every aspect of what we, as citizens and elected officials, do on a daily basis,” he said. “We need to be more involved with the community in which we live, and put our words and thoughts into action.”

Moving to Happy Valley in 1973 a few months after birth, he was born to an Air Force veteran and employee of the North Clackamas School District for 18 years. A graduate of Clackamas High School, Tacheny returned to the area after getting his bachelor’s degree in marketing at Spokane’s Gonzaga University in 1996. He and his wife of 15 years bought their home in Happy Valley eight years ago, and their two children attend Mt. Scott Elementary and Happy Valley Middle School. As a father, he would like to see more parks and sports facilities for kids, and for everyone’s benefit, he would like to improve and increase sidewalks throughout the community to connect neighbors and improve safety. 

“Since returning to the area, I have supported my local community through philanthropy and actively volunteering my time in support of the area's youth,” he said. “A youth sports coach and active supporter of my kids' school programs, I am a proven community leader.”

As far as annexations go, Tacheny thinks it “obvious” that they help the city of Happy Valley and its growth. 

“We should make every effort to ensure that people be heard and let the democratic process play out in these bordering cities,” he said. “I also feel that a city needs to be allowed to operate as such, and getting involved with a neighboring city and its members may pose some challenges... All this needs go back to the people within these communities to give them the voting power they are entitled to.”

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