Kristen ("Kay") Brooks
Occupation: Grants coordinator for WorkSource Rogue Valley
Education: Finishing Bachelor of Science in Sociology at Southern Oregon University; pursuing grad school in public policy housing and community development
Political experience: Commissioner for the city of Medford; Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee; Tree Committee; Policy Advocacy during legislative session in Salem
Top priorities: 1) Livability — Our community is facing a crisis situation around lack of housing that bleeds into other areas of need: veteran, senior and early childhood services; unemployment; homelessness (among others). Focusing on improving quality of life for our residents is a top priority for me. 2) Fiscal accountability — Are we using the city of Medford's budget responsibly? Are we funding projects that address the needs of Medford residents? How can we operate within our current budget — without increasing taxes (especially property taxes) — to serve our community's needs best? This, of course, ties right into improving livability of our city.
Occupation: Owner and chief financial officer of Libby Security Services LLC
Education: South Medford High School graduate
Political experience: Elected County Committee person
Top priorities: My main objective is to ensure that the citizens of Medford are fully represented on the council. I believe in order to do so, we must have someone that is not seeking the position for any reason other than to protect the rights of all Medford residents while ensuring the city runs in a manner that benefits everyone. Another issue is, I would like to see more tax dollars spent on updating west Medford. We have some roads with no sidewalks that need to be addressed as well as possibly having a discussion on putting power poles underground.
Occupation: Pastor of Set Free Christian Fellowship, executive director of Rogue Retreat, editor for The Christian Journal
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Walla Walla College; Master of Divinity from Andrews University; Doctorate of Ministry work for Fuller Theological Seminary
Political experience: City of Medford Housing Commission since 2015
Top priorities: 1) Dealing with the homeless and affordable housing. Dealing with the homeless is costing Medford well over $3 million a year. This affects all of us. I bring to the table years of experience in this area and connections with others in the affordable housing field. 2) City Council has worked hard to find ways to make the legalization of marijuana work with the citizens of Medford. But this issue also affects our court system, our law enforcement, our businesses, our citizens and community watch. More work will need to be done to address the issues.
Occupation: General residential contractor
Education: College courses related to field of work
Political experience: Site Plan and Architectural Commission since January
Top priorities: I want Medford to be a place no one would ever consider leaving. We need to make Medford a better and more affordable place to live for seniors, young families and career-minded people. We need a rebranding and to create a new sector of employment. I would propose the creation of an enterprise zone in Medford. Public safety and living-wage job creation will be my top priorities.