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Election 2014: Nancy Petit sets sights on Tualatin City Council

Position 1 challenger responds to The Times' candidate survey


.Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Nancy Petit is running for Position 1 on the Tualatin City Council.Age: 48

Family: Married with three sons

Job and education background: Currently I am a stay-at-home mom. I worked in social services for nine years, owned a business in Tualatin for 10 years and coach high school girls' basketball.

Neighborhood you live in: Fox Hill neighborhood

Length of time you’ve lived in Tualatin: 14 years

Community service experience: When I owned my business, I organized food drives, collected school supplies and sponsored children and families for Christmas.

What skills, knowledge and experiences would you bring to the City Council?

I have had a diverse work background. My husband and I have been involved in coaching several sports teams in our community over the years, and while running my business in Tualatin, I listened to issues that my members liked and disliked about our city.

To read the responses from Petit's challenger, incumbent Frank Bubenik, click here.

Why are you running?

To help provide more recreational opportunities for our youth, to start the process of updating our development code, working to help bring more small business to our city and working on better ways to get around our city.

What role should the city play with local businesses and economic development?

I think the codes and regulations should not be written in a way that causes time delays or financial burdens on current business or future business. This is a big reason I want to update our development code.

How should the city prioritize spending on infrastructure and other projects?

Based on immediate need and livability.

What should the city’s role be in regional issues such as planning for transportation and urban growth?

We are all connected by roads and freeways. I think we have to play an active part in both issues so that the needs of our community are not ignored.

What issues have you tackled in the community? Have you worked to resolve or address a concern that went before the Planning Commission or City Council?

I have always been an advocate for more recreational activities for our youth.

The city faces a number of issues and potential projects. What should it deal with now, and how? Which should be priorities for later?

Traffic is something we have to work on continuously. I think we need to work on what to do about city hall. I do not think it is a good idea to have departments/employees spread all over town.

What should voters know about you?

I will work hard, listen to concerns and try to get more citizens involved in the process of making decisions that impact all of us.

How do you plan to encourage citizen involvement/engagement with the council?

I ask people what is the best way to get them the information. What works for someone in their 20s might not work for our senior population. I will also work with the different organizations in town to get them to spread the word when big issues come.

What distinguishes you from your opponent?

My opponent has done a lot of good things for our community, we just have different priorities. I want more recreational activities for our young and old, and I want to put livability first.

What is your leadership style, and how will you work with the mayor, other members of the council and city staff?

When I ran a business, I found it more productive to work with each of my employee's strengths. Each of my employee's strengths helped make my team well-rounded, and as a result, I had very little turnover in the 10 years I owned my business. I always listen to both sides. I believe compromise is important — we will not always see things in the same way, but usually common ground can be found.

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