The 2016 RNA annual elections will be held on Monday, June 13 at Waverly UCC, 3300 SE Woodward.
We will accept voting ballots as early as 6 PM, the RNA meeting will convene at 7 PM.
The following 11 individuals have declared their candidacy for the Richmond Neighborhood Association Board’s 2016 election. There are eight seats available.
Adam Herstein – My name is Adam Herstein and I am running for the Richmond Neighborhood Association board. Our neighborhood has changed a lot in the past few years. As a board member, I will help manage that change and guide it in a way that improves the neighborhood. Everyone deserves to have a livable and vibrant neighborhood in which to live, work, and play. I currently live in the far southeast corner of Richmond, near 52nd and Powell. As a board member, I will give more representation to the eastern half of Richmond. We’re not just the Division Street neighborhood, after all! Another issue that has come up in the past is the trustworthiness of the board. As a board member, I will ensure that I am truthful and honest, to the best of my abilities, and work hard to bolster the trust that is so important to a functioning neighborhood board. I will consider the needs of the neighborhood first and foremost in every decision that I make. I hope that I will earn your vote. The future of our neighborhood depends on a solid board, and you can help do your part with a vote for Adam Herstein.
Alexandra Zimmermann – I’m running for a seat on the RNA board because I want to play an active role in shaping a community that values all neighbors’ backgrounds, experiences, and contributions. With over a decade of experience as a community organizer, I’ve worked with many different groups on matters related to social justice, safe spaces, transportation equity, urban planning, and the arts. As a trained peer facilitator, I’m eager to hear your concerns, connect with other neighborhood groups, and work to make community resources available to all.
Brian Hochhalter – I’ve lived in the Richmond neighborhood since 1994 and was born and raised in Portland. As a recruiter and manager in the professional staffing industry for over 30 years, I have striven to be an honest broker between candidates and employers. My goal as a board member would be to represent to the best of my ability, the needs and values of ALL that live and work in the neighborhood. The difficulty in achieving that goal rests in part on the RNA’s ability to solicit and gather broad based input from the community, and is one of the bigger challenges facing the RNA. The RNA is neither a government nor political entity by charter, yet political influences are pervasive. Many neighbors aren’t inclined to engage in political entanglements and are often ignored whereas those most active or vocal are able to take advantage of that vacuum. How can the RNA reach out to those in the community, not comfortable with or interested in politics, yet have opinions and values regarding the neighborhood in which they live? Filling that vacuum is a challenge that I would like the RNA to meet head-on. As a board member, I would attempt to remain flexible and open to change in light of community input, even if that information conflicts with any of my own deeply held personal beliefs and preferences. Thank you for your consideration. It would be a privilege to serve the community via the RNA board if elected.
Chris Chatto – My name is Chris Flint Chatto, I am running for re-election to the Richmond Neighborhood Association, with the hope of sharing the seat with my wife, Heather Flint Chatto. We are both sustainable design professionals (I am a principal at ZGF Architects, with degrees in architecture, economics, and English), and committed residents of Richmond (homeowners since 2010). We have been on the board since 2012, and during that time we have worked for more community input on the development that is changing our community and positively influence the design of our neighborhood. As parents and car-free residents, we are also very supportive of mixed-use, walkable and complete neighborhoods, accessible and convenient transit, pedestrian and bicycle safety, and community resilience. We are also passionate about sustainable community building, vibrant cities, and missing middle housing. We also support well designed density and compact urban infill. We have the expertise to juggle these complex issues that are often painted as black and white but are nuanced shades of grey when creating policy and implementation. Together we bring a wealth of knowledge and years of experience that can help lead our neighborhood in a proactive positive, sustainable direction. If re-elected, we will continue to help with creative solutions, engage you in making your voice heard and supporting your vision for the future in the neighborhood and at the City.
Cyd Manro – I have lived in the Richmond Neighborhood longer than anywhere else. I love it here, and consider it a privilege to have served on the RNA board of directors these past 6 years. In that time, I have edited and delivered the newsletter, served on the communications committee, sustainability committee, steering committee for the Division Design Initiative, and am the current chair of the board. As chair, I have worked to improve the culture of this board. I have opened the agenda up so that the executive committee decides (previously it had just been the chair). RNA members can fill out a request for agenda time. Meeting attendees can now influence the agenda. I’ve created more space for committees to present and report. I take straw polls. I listen. I formatted the December meeting to share accomplishments of the RNA and its committees and to check if goals had been met. I created a January retreat designed to develop team-building and group decision-making skills. I led the creation of a vision, and a process to set goals. I created space at the end of each meeting for feedback about attendees’ experiences. I want to continue to increase accessibility to the RNA as a place to make decisions about how Richmond can be an even more livable, thriving, and equitable place for all in which to live. I ask that you elect me to another term to serve as board chair of the RNA. Thank you.
Doug Klotz – I walk, bike, and drive in our neighborhood, like many of you. I want to work with everyone to make sure that we all can move around safely, and that housing, shops and services are convenient to all residents. I have been RNA Land Use Chair for 20 years. I have worked with neighbors, applicants and city staff on many land use issues. I served on two committees that rewrote zoning code, and I understand how the code applies to projects and how the approval process works. I understand planning principles that guide decisions, and how neighborhoods can affect them. I co-founded the pedestrian group Oregon Walks 25 years ago, and have been on the city’s Pedestrian Committee since then. I know how city and regional transportation policies affect neighborhoods, and the dynamics at work on our streets. Today, economic, demographic and global changes are impacting our neighborhood. I want us to discuss how we can proactively cope with these changes, and preserve a livable place for all Richmonders, while being responsible citizens of the city and the planet. I would like to see the RNA look at the bigger picture– what changes are happening across the city and how do they affect us? How we can guide these changes to our benefit, and how do our issues affect the rest of the city? I care about the Richmond neighborhood, and would like to use the benefits of my experience to continue making Richmond better for all of us.
Elizabeth Williams – The Richmond Neighborhood Plan of 1994 states, “Richmond is a place where diversity is welcomed, and all community members are honored, included and protected.” It is important that our Neighborhood Association Board reflects the neighborhood population it serves. I will bring a voice to the Board for renters which the 2010 data shows, make up 40.5% of our neighborhood. I fall in the largest age demographic that makes of 12.4% of our neighborhood, and am a Conflict Resolution student at PSU. My husband and I are small business owners, North St. Bags, and members of the Division Clinton Business Association. We provide the community with jobs and bring visitors to the business corridor. We have been active in the HAND community for 4 years; participating in DCBA street fairs, connecting with other small business owners and are heavily involved members at St. David of Wales Episcopal Church. I have concerns about business patron driving behaviors and would like to work with the DCBA on a marketing and education campaign that supports safer driving in our neighborhood. I have spent the past 10 years of my career working in community organizing and community development in Chicago, New York City and now Portland. My career in Portland has brought me to the City Club of Portland, our region’s civic engagement nonprofit. My work to make Portland a better place for everyone is rooted in our neighborhood. Thank you for the opportunity to get involved!
Jan Carlisle – I am Jan Marie Caballero Carlisle and I have lived in the Richmond neighborhood for almost five years. I started as a renter with my then-boyfriend in the fall of 2011 and fell in love with the neighborhood. Now my boyfriend-turned-husband and I have a family and are now homeowners. I am running for the board because Richmond is the first place I’ve ever truly felt at home. Because of this, I would strive to help make our neighborhood an even better place to live. Safety is my first priority. I aim to have safer streets for our children, our senior citizens, and our neighborhood animals. I am a Southeast Asian woman of color raised by two immigrant parents with a working class background. If I were elected to the RNA I would bring diversity, inclusivity, and compassion to the board.
Jonathan King – Before moving to Portland nearly eight years ago, I was an Oregon State University business professor who taught management and environmental courses for nearly 30 years. My passion and commitment was to work with colleagues and students to improve the quality of OSU’s educational and campus experiences. I served on a number of committees including the Faculty Senate Executive Committee and chaired the University Curriculum Council for several years. Currently, I am working on a proposal for making the OSU campus even more pedestrian and bike friendly in ways that are highly beneficial. My wife and I chose to retire in the Richmond neighborhood because we love its character, friendliness, and vibrancy. I have been fortunate to serve on the Richmond Neighborhood Board of Directors since 2010, as Treasurer since 2011, as Neighborhood CleanUp Coordinator since 2014, and as the Richmond Neighborhood News Coordinator starting this spring. I have also served as the Richmond Neighborhood Emergency Team Leader. In 2013, with the assistance of Callie Jones, I initiated four neighborhood disaster preparation workshops with roughly one hundred of our neighbors attending each one. It reinforced my commitment to working together in an atmosphere of mutual trust to improve the quality of our lives as neighbors and global citizens. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to continue as a Board member serving our neighborhood.
Matt Otis – Make Richmond Great Again, Once More™ I know people in this neighborhood, lots of good people, they’re really the best. And if you vote for me I’ll help make sure those best people become bester. Vote for me and I will build a wall across our entire Southern border. And you know who I’m going to make pay for it? ODOT! I have lots of business chops too. I’m worth literally tens of dozens of dollars and I made that money all on my own. I’m literally financing this entire campaign all on my own. Sure I mean you’re welcome to donate, but the point is, I’ve got this. Also I’m highly educated. I know words. I have the best words. – Those little bronze statues? I’m gonna yarn bomb those suckers so hard they won’t know what happened to them. – All pedestrian crosswalks will become portals, that way cars never have to stop. You just walk up to one side, and poof you’re on the other side. It’s gonna be amazing. – We’re just going to stop all cars from entering Clinton Street until whoever is in charge can figure out what the heck is going on. -I’ll make sure the line at Salt ‘n Straw has a shortcut for all local residents. You’re going straight to the front! Believe me, I can do that stuff so easy. You’re going to be so happy. At the end of a couple of months you’re going to say, “Wow, what a difference.”
Paul Newton – As a native Portlander who grew up in SE Portland and has lived in the Richmond area since 1989, I have seen enormous changes in the neighborhoods of Portland. Most of the changes have been positive, as the city in general is much improved from the late 1980’s. The changes we see now in the SE neighborhoods have not always been so rapid, however, and there is currently much neighborhood charm and beauty that is disappearing through rapid development and infilling and traffic flow changes in an obviously willy-nilly fashion. Charming old buildings and 100 year old houses disappear weekly, so it appears. Ugly box condos and new traffic barriers that make little sense are quickly implemented with little thought of “unintended consequences” to noise, traffic, parking, access to air and light and increased litter. Dubious “improvements” to the neighborhood appear with alarming frequency; it’s often unclear how or why such improvements are implemented. My interest in the participating in the Richmond Board is to help ensure that all points of view get heard in the changes in the neighborhoods, as it’s clear that sometimes not all voices are being heard. Due process is easily lost in the local politics and the local tensions that come about during rapid development. Polite politics isn’t required, but civilized discourse and rational change is always necessary. I don’t have any particular agenda to pursue, but I’m interested preserving the beauty, charm and livability of our great neighborhood.