Election Q&A: West University Place mayor

West University Place


Kevin Trautner

Occupation: Attorney

Experience: Mayor Pro Tem/City Council Member June 2019-Present

What would be your top priorities if you are elected?

KT: Street and drainage improvements, security, and protect and enhance the residential quality of life.

Why are you running for office?

KT: West U needs collaborative leadership to address important projects like enhancing security and drainage as well as our treasured residential quality of life - all while being a good steward of taxpayers' dollars. The experience I have as Mayor Pro Tem in advancing these objectives, and helping guide West U through the pandemic, along with my extensive business and legal background, demonstrate I am the right person at the right time to lead West U as Mayor. Having lived in and raised my children with my wife in West U over the last 25 years, I am passionate about serving our city and strengthening the exceptional quality of life that has been embraced by our city and its families for generations.

Susan Sample

Occupation: Attorney

Experience: Friends of West U Parks Board of Directors, West University City Council Member, West University Mayor Pro Tem, West University Mayor

What would be your top priorities if you are elected?

SS: (1) Quality of Life - Improve and support parks, keep our tree-lined streets, maintain high-quality recreational facilities for our families, and senior services; (2) improve communications with residents on issues important to them - safety and city services; (3) Fiscal Responsibility - be a fiscal watchdog to ensure the city is spending responsibly and effectively; (4) Transparency in Government and Responsiveness– restore transparency in government processes and increase resident input in city decision-making.

Why are you running for office?

SS: West University was named the best places to live in America by USA Today during my last term as Mayor. This came as no surprise to our residents. I want to maintain the qualities that make our city special and restore family-friendly policies that are important to residents. I also want to restore transparency in government and I look forward to working to restore government responsiveness that residents have come to expect.

By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.


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