Occupation: East Lane County Commissioner
Occupational Background: Business partner, Stewart and Sons LLC; Director, Faye and Lucille Stewart Foundation; Director, Bohemia Foundation
Educational Background: South Lane Schools; Lane Community College; Oregon State University; Graduate, Ford Family Foundation Leadership Program, Luke Institute's Pacific Program, and Oregon's American Leadership Forum Prior Governmental Experience: East Lane County Commissioner since 2004; Cottage Grove Planning Commission; Chair, Public Safety Coordinating Council and Regional Fiber Consortium. Past Chair, Board of County Commissioners, Lane Regional Air Pollution Authority, Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission, South Lane School District Budget Committee. Member, National Association of Counties, Public Lands Committee; Board member, Association of Oregon Counties
Stewart: Job creation is key.
Let's use our economic development dollars from the lottery to help local employers retain and expand their employee base. We also must support the efforts of smaller cities to create shovel ready buildable lands inventories. Promoting the underutilized buildable lands outside city limits will increase jobs and the tax base.
Stewart: Public safety remains a challenge.
We need to do business differently while maintaining our obligations to citizens. We've made incremental steps in that direction and I want to build on that success. For example, we hired a dedicated property crimes investigator who has solved hundreds of cases. I fought for the restoration of 84 jail beds but we need more. And I lobbied in Washington DC to secure funding for our resident deputies who live in the area they serve.
Stewart: County finances need a long term solution.
We must continue working with our national partners to find a replacement for Secure Rural Schools funding. One integral part is to actively promote healthy forest management as a viable source of revenue.
It's a great privilege to represent and serve the citizens of Lane County. I've worked hard these past six years and remain committed to making our communities the best they can be.
(This information furnished by Friends of Faye Stewart.)