While there are four seats up for election on the Camas City Council this year, just one of the incumbents is facing a challenger.
Tim Hazen, appointed to the City Council in January 2011, then elected by voters the following November, is being challenged by Shawn High.
High, a flight attendant, brings a number of assets to the table — enthusiasm, a positive attitude and a strong desire to serve his community.
But it is Hazen’s experience and abilities, coupled with his accomplishments while serving on the City Council that have earned him the Post-Record’s support for another term in office.
Hazen has been an active and involved member of the City Council. The owner of senior health care properties, in his work for the city he has served on the finance committee, Parks and Recreation Commission and the Economic Development Strategy Committee for Economic Incentives.
Hazen has addressed most issues with a calm, level head, considering topics from multiple perspectives before making decisions. Along with the rest of the City Council, Hazen has played a role in achievements including the purchase of Fallen Leaf Lake Park, construction of Lacamas Lake Lodge and strategic investment in road maintenance.
High, already active in his neighborhood, would be a welcome addition to any of the city’s sub-committees or advisory boards, which would provide a good opportunity for him to be introduced to city government in a volunteer capacity.
But during the next four years, the city will be tackling some weighty budget and planning issues, and Hazen’s experience will be an asset during what has the potential to be a very challenging time.
Editor’s note: Post-Record Managing Editor Heather Acheson’s spouse is an employee of the City of Camas.