OCCUPATION: Government Policy Advisor
OCCUPATIONAL BACKGROUND: High School Teacher, 30 years
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: Hillsboro High School; University of Oregon, B.S; University of Arizona, M.A; Portland State University, Teaching Certificate
PRIOR GOVERNMENTAL EXPERIENCE: Hillsboro Mayor, 2001-2009; Metro Policy Advisory Council 2001-2009; Hillsboro Planning Commission 1989-2000; Hillsboro Planning and Zoning Hearings Board 1985-1989; Hillsboro City Council 1976-1980
“Tom will bring clear vision and positive energy to Metro. He has the experience our region needs right now to attract good jobs.” Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian
Oregon needs an all-hands-on-deck effort at job growth. As Metro President, my first priority is to use my experience to create jobs.
As Mayor of Oregon's 5th largest city, I helped create 30,000 jobs. I'm the only candidate who has created jobs. As Mayor, I traveled across the globe to recruit businesses, and my efforts helped attract and grow well-known, quality employers like SolarWorld, Genentech and Intel.
People ask me, "What can Metro do to create jobs?" As Mayor and a planning commissioner, I have worked with local governments and companies seeking to grow or move here. I've learned there are five requirements for a healthy job market: land, a reasonable regulatory environment, efficient transportation, infrastructure, and a quality and trained work force. Metro has significant impact on the first three, and influences the other two.
Creating jobs also takes a skilled leader. Governor Kulongoski appointed me to his Green Jobs Council. I know what it takes to help quality Oregon employers grow and persuade new ones to move here. As Metro President, I can put that know-how to work for the whole region.
Regional problems require regional solutions. Metro has significant impact on our economic vitality, and it needs to work for all of us. Metro must balance the needs of the central city and the other twenty-four cities in our region.
I am asking for your support to get Metro working again.
(This information furnished by Tom Hughes)
The above information has not been verified for accuracy by Multnomah County.