Judson Randall is a community icon who has devoted more than 20 years to this job, offering his personal time and resources in ways that few ever knew about. We owe him a lot, and it is daunting to think about filling his shoes.
When he asked me to consider the position, I met with Jud to explore how he approached the position and to confirm that I can devote the time necessary.
I view it to involve three key responsibilities:
- Monitor important community developments and generate e-mail alerts
- Organize speakers and locations for informative Oceanside Neighborhood Association meetings
- Represent the Oceanside community at select county/local proceedings
In your place, I would want to know how a candidate’s background matches up with those responsibilities. I have tried to provide such information below.
My husband, Rob Hoeper, and I built our vacation home in Oceanside in 1991 and then moved here full time from Portland eight years ago. Over that time, we have been active in the Oceanside Community Club, where Rob currently serves as the Treasurer, and more recently began to attend ONA meetings on a regular basis.
I am a native Oregonian, graduating from the University of Oregon in 1978 and Northwestern University Law School in 1981. For 30 years, I worked as a partner in a medium-sized Portland law firm specializing in workers’ compensation regulation and in the litigation of disputes before the Oregon Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. In 2010, I retired from my firm but have continued to work as a part-time, sole practitioner from our Oceanside home.
In terms of civic activities, I ran four close but unsuccessful races for the Oregon legislature in the 1980s and 1990s and have continued to be active in civic groups relevant to my personal or professional interests, such as employment law and related health care issues. This involvement prompted invitations to work on task forces and advisory groups where I had the opportunity to draft new laws, present and explain them at legislative hearings, and then participate in work-groups to draft agency rules implementing the new laws after they are enacted. I continue to be active on legislative issues and related agency proceedings in Salem and frequently conduct group training on complicated topics. I have also served in leadership roles on various Boards of Directors at the national, state and local level.
Proposed ONA Priorities and Initiatives
The ONA originally appealed to me as a way to become better informed on local issues, primarily those involving (1) tourism growth, (2) road maintenance and
(3) environmental initiatives. My sense is that ONA members generally share these interests, so I will suggest that our Board continue to prioritize related topics in meetings, neighborhood communications and external outreach efforts. At the same time, it appears that the others who have volunteered to serve on the new Board will bring impressive expertise, experience and connections of their own. I anticipate that the new Board will now be able to share the tasks that Jud has shouldered for so long, but also to revitalize ONA’s agenda in new directions.
Meeting locations have been a thorny issue because the Community Club has followed a practice of “bumping” our meetings on short notice if a paying renter appears. I have already approached the OCC Board about this problem, and they have graciously expressed a willingness to reconsider the policy. Hopefully, this will help stabilize both our meeting schedule and our locations.
Finally, I hope we can find ways to boost our sense of community in Oceanside, not merely to encourage neighborliness, but to boost our influence in Tillamook County affairs. Examples include:
- Exploring joint events with our Oceanside Community Club neighbors
- Encouraging more organized input by Oceansiders when the County or one of its committees address initiatives with particular local impact
- Fundraising for a tasteful greeting sign welcoming travelers to Oceanside
I appreciate your consideration.