Nothing has done more to alienate voters from the democratic process than the lack of clear choices and substantive debate. Local elections in particular tend to ignore the most important issues in favor of well-intentioned but meaningless platitudes. With so many pressing issues facing our community, I refuse to allow another election pass us by in a blur of don't-worry-be-happy bromides. Though The Source apparently feels that my candidacy is hardly worth mentioning, this is precisely why I am running for City Council Seat 2.
Watch my opponents' slick television ads or listen to their feel-good rhetoric, and you would never know that Bend is in the midst of a major economic crisis. Property prices have plummeted in our community, foreclosures are on the rise and families are finding themselves owing more money on their mortgage than their house is now worth. Having brought Bend to this unhappy condition by fueling ever more unsustainable housing growth, our local leaders now refuse to even acknowledge that families are struggling. We can't allow local leadership to serve the needs of real estate developers while ignoring the long-term health of our community.
If The Source had done a little more research for its election coverage, perhaps they would have found that I am the only candidate for City Council Seat 2 who offers a comprehensive platform to tackle Bend's most pressing issues head-on. I am the only candidate with a real plan for returning Bend Area Transit to a sound financial footing by allowing advertising and increasing rider fees. I am also alone in pledging to fight for the industrial jobs our economy needs at Juniper Ridge, instead of turning it into yet another subdivision with more foreclosure signs than families.
So, if you see Bend's challenges, but don't see them being addressed by the mainstream candidates, do the research yourself at dallas4bend.org. There you can read my platform, ask me questions, and find out what's on my mind at the campaign blog. Maybe you'll even see me walking the streets, discussing these issues with my fellow citizens of Bend. Join me in this conversation, and together we will renew Bend's promise of a brighter future.
Dallas W. Brown,
Bend City Council Candidate Position 2
Editor's Note: While it's true that we didn't endorse Dallas, we're impressed by his early entry into politics, his passion and his knowledge of local issues. We look forward to seeing him again in future campaigns and wish him luck in November.