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Lincoln County Commissioner Doug Hunt

Community Endorsements and Radio Ads – 2018

 

Barbara Jenkins-Gibson, Lincoln City Business Owner – In support 0f Commissioner Hunt – Audio MP3

 

Lorna Davis, Community Business Leader – In support of Commissioner Hunt – Audio MP3

 

Commissioner Doug Hunt – 2018 Radio Message # 1 – Audio MP3

 

Commissioner Doug Hunt – 2018 Radio Message # 2 – Audio MP3

 

Commissioner Doug Hunt – 2018 Radio Message # 3 – Audio MP3



Election Night Comments

May 20, 2014

I  am humbled and honored to have been elected County Commissioner for Lincoln County.  This evening is the culmination of a long journey that started some 20 years ago.

But I need to start by saying thank you to the voters of Lincoln County w

ho have shown the confidence in me and have elected me and will allow me to continue working at a job I find truly rewarding.  Tonight’s vote is a validation of a process that started two years ago.  Taking a page from the sports section I feel the asterisk next to my name has been removed.  No longer appointed, but now elected to County Commissioner, and for that I am honestly grateful.  And I will work hard to live up to the expectations of our county citizens.

We have many challenges ahead, as we deal with limited revenues, rising costs and prioritizing  the services the county delivers.  During the next four years I want to look at technology to improve efficiencies and save money.  I hope to improve the delivery of health and human services not only to our citizens, but also to our Veterans, and continue working to improve county emergency preparedness.  And I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the long waited completion of Highway 20 is on schedule for completion in late 2016, fulfilling one of retired Commissioner Lindly’s vision that was started some 15 years ago.

Tonight I realized a long held personal goal and to all those that have been a part of this journey I say thank you.

 

Commissioner Doug Hunt – 2014 Election Thank You Radio Message – Audio MP3

 

Community Endorsements in Radio Messages

April 8, 2014

I  am pleased to announce this series of radio messages have hit the airwaves.  I am also grateful to have the support of Don Mann, Steve Keck, Don Lindly, Julie Hanrahan and Heather Hatton.  It’s touching to hear the authenticity in their voices.  Thank you for your time and energy!

Don Mann, Retired Port General Manager – In support of Doug Hunt – Audio MP3

 

Steve Keck, Lincoln City Small Business Owner – In support of Doug Hunt – Audio MP3

 

Don Lindly, Retired Lincoln County Commissioner – In support of Doug Hunt – Audio MP3

 

Julie Hanrahan, Local Community Banker – In support of Doug Hunt – Audio MP3

 

Heather HattonLincoln City Resident – In support of Doug Hunt – Audio MP3

 

Lincoln County Commissioner Doug Hunt announces News Conference

October 17, 2013

Lincoln County Commissioner Doug Hunt will hold a news conference on Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 12:30 p.m. at the Port of Toledo Paddle Park gazebo in Toledo.  Commissioner Hunt will formally announce his candidacy for Lincoln County Commissioner Position 1.  Hunt is currently serving in this position since his appointment in June 2012.

 

“As County Commissioner I have concentrated on financial accountability, jobs, transportation and roads, and services to seniors and veterans,” Hunt said. “As a 39 year career banker, with the last 25 years in Lincoln County, I have utilized my experience as a banker and businessman to manage the county budget assuring a stable financial future for the county and for the services we deliver to our citizens.

 

“I have a long record of widespread county and community involvement culminating in my appointment as a County Commissioner to complete retiring Commissioner Don Lindly’s term.  I look forward to the opportunity to continue serving the citizens of Lincoln County.”

 

Commissioner Hunt and his wife, Patsy, have three adult children, Matt, Shannon and Courtney, all graduates of the Lincoln County School District.  They have lived in the Toledo area for the past 25 years.

 

All interested parties are invited to attend.

 

For more information please contact:

Commissioner Doug Hunt

retainhunt2014@charter.net

 

Authorized by the committee to Elect Doug Hunt County Commissioner

 

press conference

News Conference Comments – October 23, 2013

 

Today I am formally announcing my decision to run for Lincoln County Commissioner Position #1 in the May 2014 election.

 

I have chosen this location in Toledo to make this announcement for several reasons.  My wife, Patsy, and I made the decision to move here in October 1988 to raise our family and become involved in the community.  Our third child was born in this county and all three of our children are graduates of Toledo High School and went on to attend higher education.

 

We are in an area of the Port of Toledo, one of several ports in the county and an important source of jobs, commerce and recreation in our great outdoors.

 

As a county commissioner I have worked hard to represent all areas of the county.  By announcing by candidacy here in Toledo where I live I am affirming my commitment to effectively represent all citizens of all areas of Lincoln County.

 

Today I also realize a personal goal by running for election to Lincoln County commissioner.  I believe each individual has an obligation to give back to their community and it is through this process of community involvement and working together we make our communities better for all to enjoy, grow and thrive.

 

During my 39 years as a banker, the last 25 years in Lincoln County, I was fortunate to be able to participate in a broad variety of community services, such as chambers of commerce, numerous community support activities, and service club memberships.  I was able to serve for 9 years on the school board where I realized the true value of public service as well as the tremendous personal satisfaction that comes from such experience.  During that time I determined that serving as a county commissioner would allow me to contribute to the betterment of our county and its communities and also to serve our county citizens.

 

Accordingly, some 6 or 7 years ago, I committed myself to becoming more involved in county government by being appointed to several county committees and boards including the county budget committee, allowing me to build public service credentials and to increase my qualifications to become a County Commissioner.

 

Prior to becoming a commissioner I was a regional bank manager in the county where I was responsible for business locations in all 7 incorporated cities with the single exception of Depoe Bay, providing me with personal experience and valuable knowledge of community business climates and community issues throughout the entire county.

 

As county commissioner I bring my 39 years of experience as a banker and an understanding of business, budgeting and fiscal management to county government.  I believe my experience has resulted in improved financial accountability and responsibility with an approach of running the county more like a business.

 

In my position as county commissioner, I currently serve as Vice Chair of  Cascades West Area Commission on Transportation (CWACT), on the Executive Committee of the Regional Workforce Investment Board, Chair of the Solid Waste Consortium board, and as an active board member of the Economic Development Alliance of Lincoln County, Small Business Development Center, Central Oregon Coast Association (COCA) and as a member of the Lincoln City, Waldport, Toledo and Newport  Chambers of Commerce.

 

Among the accomplishments of which I am most proud are the following:

Testimony before the Oregon Transportation Commission and their approval of an additional $142 million in funding to complete Highway 20 improvements.  Highway 20 is a vital economic lifeline to our county and the improvements will save lives, and ultimately result in job creation.

 

My representation on the committee that successfully sought the awarding of the Pacific Marine Energy Center (PMEC) to Newport.  This natural energy research center has the potential to create numerous jobs, and builds on the critical mass of research commerce that is now our 3rd largest economic sector in our county.

 

As Vice Chair of the CWACT, I oversaw submission to the OTC of road improvement applications totaling over $10 million, for projects in Lincoln City, Depoe Bay, Newport, and Waldport.  These projects make our roads safer, improve transportation in our county and will add jobs adding to our economic recovery.

 

In the time I have served as County Commissioner, I have been able to broaden countywide citizen involvement and representation in our county government.  I appointed Linda Roy, a Lincoln City businesswoman, to serve on the county budget committee and also appointed Kelly Foley and Zach Dahl, both Toledo residents,  to serve on the county’s non-profit social allocation committee.

 

Finally, as more evidence of my commitment to represent all areas of the county, I have attended some 50 to 60 community events and meetings.  These meeting have included but not been limited non-profit fundraising activities, Chambers of Commerce,  and Rotary in Toledo¸ Waldport and Lincoln City.  My participation in these activities has resulted in me meeting,  discussing and adding to my understanding of the varied issues and challenges facing these areas of our county.

 

As for the future, I see the challenges in managing the county budget in order to sustain services in a depressed economy and in an era of diminishing federal and state dollars of support.  With my financial background and my 10 years of prior public service experience in dealing with large budgets, I believe I am best qualified to manage the county budget to minimize reductions in services and employees, and to build reserves to provide a financial cushion to buffer future reductions in federal and state funds and in future economic contractions.

 

Services to our seniors and veterans are critical county services.  I have supported additional funding of senior services and support the reorganization and coordination of health services which will be more cost effective to deliver and will focus on wellness reducing  future health care costs.  Through an upgrading of staff and the new “Vets serving Vets” program, a service through RSVP, we are improving our county services to those who have served our country to preserve our freedoms.

 

Our county’s infrastructure of roads is another challenge.  We currently are draining budget reserve funds to maintain the 330 miles of county roads. We need to look for creative and collaborative ways to improve funding, use improved technology to extend the life of our roads and finally work with our state and federal partners in an effort to gain more support.  We also need to be successful in obtaining funding for continued maintenance and improvements in ODOT projects for Highways 20 and 101.

 

With that thought in mind, I have begun discussions at the CWACT to develop comprehensive plans to address the long range needs to replace the Yaquina Bay bridge and the on-going maintenance issues of areas of Highway 101, particularly the Beverly Beach slide area.  These issues are complex and solutions not only will take decades to be achieved, but will be expensive.  The process has begun, but we need to continue to address these issues now, as the longer we wait the more expensive solutions will be.

 

Job retention and creation are critical to our county.  As a member of the Economic Development Alliance board I have led a sharper focus on core economic development activities and support additional funding for economic development projects.  The Small Business Development Centers are important resources for businesses and jobs. We also need to find ways to blend tourism with business development to promote economic growth and to more effectively create and retain jobs in our county.

 

The challenges are many and complex, and I have mentioned only  some of the ones I believe are the most critical to the county operation and to our county’s citizens.  I believe my 39 years experience in finance and as a businessman, my more than 10 years experience in public service on the county school board and as a county commissioner, my demonstrated leadership in both public and community service combined with my active involvement in all areas of our county make me uniquely qualified to work to improve our county services and to most effectively represent the great citizens of Lincoln County.

 

Board of Commissioners Meeting

 

Links to media coverage:

100.7 BOSS FM – Podcast, April 2, 2018

County Commissioner Doug Hunt seeking re-election

LC Commissioner Doug Hunt wants another four years

Commissioner Hunt Appointed by Governor to State Workforce Investment Board

Legislature Creates Maritime Sector Taskforce – Senate Bill 867

100.7 BOSS FM – Podcast, September 18, 2017

Commissioner Hunt and County Budget at Kiwanis

Commissioner Hunt at Coastal Economic Summit Panel

100.7 BOSS FM – Podcast, November 23, 2015

Election Results:  Hunt Wins.  Thompson & Anderson in November Runoff

Election Results

Low voter turn-out — No surprises

Hunt in the Hunt for Commission Seat

Lincoln County Commissioner Doug Hunt makes it official: He wants a full four year term.

Doug Hunt to run for county commission seat he now holds

Lincoln County Commissioner Doug Hunt to announce run for election

County Commissioner Doug Hunt to Speak at Lincoln City Chamber Lunch Forum

Hunt to Speak at Chamber Forum