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I have experienced Mayor Biff Traber’s leadership firsthand. When I was council president, Biff was council vice president. We met regularly with then-Mayor Julie Manning and senior staff to plan agendas for council meetings, and address issues arising. Traber met every issue with an open mind and an open heart. Observing him now as our mayor, I see his open mind and open heart at work tirelessly for the best interests of all community members.

I also served with Roen Hogg. Roen has represented the homeowners around Oregon State University campus well. In my view, however, he has not done as well for the roughly 800 community members of Ward 2 that he inherited from Ward 3 after the 2010 census mandated ward boundary changes. Similarly, I would also expect the councilor whose ward housed the cold weather men's shelter at its Fourth Street location for five years and the Hansen Tire location for one year to take a leadership role in proactively seeking a permanent solution. Instead, that seems to have fallen to Mayor Traber.

I will vote to re-elect Mayor Traber, a man who has proven that he represents all of Corvallis.

Richard Hervey

Corvallis (Oct. 12)

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