Metro Council President Debate

With the term limit expiring for Metro Council’s current president David Bragdon, a three-way race for the top Metro position is on. On April 9, City Club welcomes Metro Council president contenders Rex Burkholder, Tom Hughes and Bob Stacey. The candidates will engage in a substantive debate about the recent adoption of urban and rural reserves, the future of Metro’s role in regional transportation planning and the broader responsibilities of Metro and its position within the region.

Sitting Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder is in his third term representing Multnomah County’s District 5. He currently represents the Metro Council on the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation and was a co-founder of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Tom Hughes served as Mayor of Hillsboro between 2001-2008. During his time in office, he chaired the Metro Policy Advisory Committee and helped to attract businesses such as SolarWorld to Oregon. Bob Stacey worked for seven years as executive director of 1000 Friends of Oregon, and previously served as chief of staff to Congressman Earl Blumenauer, pursuing improved environmental and community impacts in federal agency programs related to transportation and urban development.

Purchase tickets at or call 503-228-7231 x110.

Where: The Governor Hotel, 614 SW 11th Ave., Portland OR 97205

When: Doors open at 11:30 AM, Program begins at 12:15 PM and concludes at 1:15 PM

Transportation and parking: The Governor Hotel is accessible by bus, Portland Streetcar and MAX light rail. A SmartPark garage is located one block away from the Governor Hotel at 730 S.W. 10th Ave.

Cost: Luncheon tickets are $16 for City Club members and up to two guests, $20 for nonmembers. Limited coffee/tea table tickets are $5 and are available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis. General seating is free for members and $5 for nonmembers. A limited number of $5 coffee/tea tickets are available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reservations: Reservations required for lunches only; reservations close at 2 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to the event. Reservations for lunch are strongly encouraged. To reserve a lunch via telephone, individuals (members and non-members) should call our voice mail reservation line, 503-228-7231, ext. 110. A limited number of lunch tickets are generally available at the door. Luncheon tickets reserved after the 2:00 PM Wednesday deadline or purchased at the door will be subject to an additional $4 charge. General seating and coffee/tea tickets will be available at the door.

Sponsors: Friday Forums this quarter are sponsored by Key Private Bank, Northwest Natural and Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt.

Event Date: 
Fri, 04/09/2010 - 12:15pm - 1:15pm