With longtime Mayor Dan Mork not seeking another term in Millwood, two candidates – Kevin Freeman and Dennis Hamlin -- have emerged to seek the position.
Hamlin did not respond to requests to complete this questionnaire.
Family/How long living in Millwood: Wife: Lisa (married 20 years). Son: Nathan (16); Daughter: Abbie (13), both are students at West Valley High School. Moved to Millwood from Portland, Ore., in 1998. My maternal grandparents lived on Bessie (north of Broadway) from 1956 until 1992. My grandfather worked at Ideal Cement from 1956 until his retirement. My mother and aunt both attended West Valley High School.
Why did you want to file for candidacy? I want to make the city a better place for our residents and businesses. I understand that the actions you do or don’t take today will have a definite impact on tomorrow. I want to participate in our city government because I want Millwood to be a great place for all of us to live, now and in the future. Millwood has potential to be better than it is now for its residents and businesses. I want to help develop and enhance our city in line with the wishes of the citizens.
What are your goals for Millwood? To work with our local business and commercial property owners to address issues that keep them from opening or growing a business in Millwood. I also to continue developing and improving our city’s park and public spaces in ways that bring our residents the greatest benefit.
What, in your mind, is the biggest issue facing the city in the immediate future? Maintaining and planning for the future of our roads, sidewalks, parks, and water and sewer systems. The actions we take need to be (1) financially responsible and (2) incorporate the opinions of the residents as to what they feel is important for Millwood.
What surprising issues are people bringing up as you door-knock or meet folks at campaign stops? I am most impressed by how informed the residents of Millwood are with respect to local government and what are the current issues facing the city. Most of the residents I have spoken with have brought up practical concerns related to the state of the roads, sidewalks, and traffic/public safety issues. Many of the people just want to make sure that we keep Millwood safe and livable.