LNA May 24th special Board election, meet the candidates!

Jessica Ward
“I would love to be part of the board as a Lents resident, business owner and licensed realtor in the great state of Oregon I am qualified to advocate on the needs of our community.”

Robert schultz
“The Lents Neighborhood Association has a history of bigotry, alienation of community, board elitist that fail to honor their fiduciary responsibilities while ignoring the bylaws and state laws that are meant to curb their very behaviors.
I want to see that changed.
I know the issues, I’ve been on the board before, I’m happy to call out these bigots and agists alike.
For instance how this very election has been “run”. ”

Joanna Morrill
“I would like to serve on the Lents Neighborhood Association Board because I am passionate about community building. I have lived in Portland my whole life and have been a resident of Lents since 2015. I want to help make Lents a better place for businesses and residents to thrive. I have owned a home in Lents since 2016, and have seen a lot of changes since that time, including a decline in public safety. I think it is important for residents of this neighborhood to feel safe and I hope to help make this area livable for everyone.

I have a Master’s Degree in Conflict Resolution and have done lots of social justice work in the past. I currently work at a manufacturing company in Beaverton in Human Resources and serve as a liaison between the shareholders of that company and the management team. I have experience taking notes and serving on council and board meetings. My husband is from El Salvador, and we speak Spanish in the home, so I am bilingual. I believe that my education and experience can help the Lents Neighborhood Association achieve goals and create some positive change. I hope to make a difference in this neighborhood by serving on the Lents Neighborhood Association Board. ” Joanna Morrill

Nancy Keating
My name is Nancy Keating and I am applying for the position of Secretary on the Lents Neighborhood Association (LNA). I feel I am appropriate for this position as I have worked in the administrative field for over 40 years. I have held my current position for almost 30 years with a global engineering firm. Our Portland office has over 500 employees – a lot of whom I have worked with in the past and present. I am also a business owner in Lents.
I have owned and live in my home in Lents for over 4 years; and I manage an Air B&B on my property. When I moved to my home, I saw that there was progress being made in the neighborhood. It looked like it was becoming a nice community, with a lot of potential. However, I have seen a major turnaround in the neighborhood during the past two years. I feel we need to be more involved with the local police community and the city government to aid in the health and safety of both the people of Lents and the surrounding parks and businesses.
I hope that I can assist the LNA with their administrative duties along with having an input into what we can do to help the local community.
Thank you,
Nancy Keating

Kenneth Luchini
“My name is Ken Luchini and I am running for LNA Treasurer.
As LNA Treasurer, I will reinstate the sound financial practice of monthly Treasurer’s Reports for LNA transparency and accountability.
I will establish and work with an LNA Finance Committee, Unitus Credit Union, and LNA’s fiscal sponsor, East Portland Neighbors (EPN), in attempt to get answers to unanswered questions arising from the 2019 – 2020 LNA Financial Report.
As a board member, I will make a motion that all LNA Board Members be required to sign an annual disclosure of conflict of interest/loyalty agreement, in accordance with City of Portland’s Office of Community and Civic Life and the City’s Attorney’s Office.
Also,  I will look for grant opportunities that LNA may be eligible for, which will support community-building activities that benefit the entire Lents community.”

Public Safety
Jasmine Anderson-Sprague
“I have hesitated in responding to these emails and the request for my willingness to run for an LNA board position at this point due to the mess that was last fall. I responded to the request for interested parties with full faith and belief that this was a community invested in it’s members and seeing all humans within it’s boundaries succeed.
I am interested in a board position – I have carefully weighed the options of ‘do or not do’, and considered the ‘not do’ but I would also like to share my concerns re: my dismissal from the “”current board”” email threads before it was formed because of my calls for transparency and honesty.
I believe that whatever is happening, regardless of the inching or standing still it is doing, it should be shared as openly as possible on all platforms: Facebook, any emails still retained, I Love Lents Facebook group, website, etc. If we aren’t sharing the fact that things are happening it won’t matter how things come to be – it will feel like a surprise, just like how this current ‘interim board’ came to be.”

Land-Use Chair
Mary Oxford
“I believe this position is very important for what happens in Lents. We need to be informed of the developments, especially what Prosper Portland and Palindone are planning for our area. I would like to see open & public input on ALL the development in Lents, which has not been done for the last 2 years.”

Transportation Chair:
Bradley Bondy
“As the neighborhood’s transportation chair, I will work to make sure that the interests of our neighborhood are heard loud and clear at the City, Trimet and ODOT. Our neighborhood has major unmet transportation needs. From a lack of safe routes to school and parks for many young kids, speeding cars on neighborhood streets, and poorly maintained streets like 82nd that are in desperate need of repaving and streetscape improvements.

When it comes to decision making, it’s critical that I and other members of the board engage with community members to ensure that the agenda of the neighborhood association reflects the real authentic goals of the neighborhood as a whole. I am commited to that.”