FAQ's About the Mayor's Race
Steve, did you support the Pool Bond measure?
I voted NO on the Bond Measure, along with 90% of Camas voters.
I agreed with opponents of the ballot measure who felt that the financial impact was too great and didn’t benefit all Camasonians.
I do however support democracy and hearing directly from the voters. So when Mayor Shannon Turk requested to put the Pool Bond before the voters on the ballot so they could be heard, I supported allowing a public vote on a bond measure so that citizens could weigh in directly.
I expected citizens would not be in favor of it due to its financial burden on taxpayers, and that's exactly what was reflected in the outcome of that bond vote.
My conditions to support a future community/aquatic center, click here.
Some people claim there was no transparency when the roundabout was built. Is that true?
Our opponents claim that there was a lack of transparency in the process of putting in the roundabout at Everett Street and Lake Road.
That is not true.
The City held multiple public open houses and updates on the City’s social media and website about each phase of the roundabout’s design and construction. Hundreds of Camasonians took part, and several community members contributed to the beautiful landscape and design that now graces the area.
Where do you stand on the location of substance abuse treatment centers near parks and schools?
At the September 7th City Council Workshop meeting, I requested the city staff add a new 1,000-foot minimum distance separating future substance abuse treatment centers from parks and schools.
Has Camas really lost jobs in the past ten years?
Contrary to my opponent's assertions, we now have more people employed within Camas than at any previous time.
Linked here is a table showing the changes in jobs over the past 10 years in the City of Camas. Despite losing four top-ten employers over the last decade, you can see that we have more than replaced the lost jobs. There was a well-defined strategy created by our City that lead to these results, and I plan to continue the strategy as mayor.
Our top 10 employers provided 4,805 jobs within Camas in 2020 versus 4,035 jobs in 2011. Those extra 770 jobs convert to a 19% increase over 2011.
The total number of employed people living in Camas increased from 5,951 citizens in 2011 to 8,540 citizens in 2020. That is a 43% increase in employed citizens within Camas over 2011.
It has been a privilege to work with the mayors, staff, and Camas City Council to help create the job growth that we have gained. I look forward to additional significant job growth in the future.