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Moore, Statler reach out to residents

John Statler and Claudette Moore say neighborhood revitalization projects are at the top of the list of issues in their ward.

But Statler, who is running against incumbent Moore for Medford's Ward — City Council position on the city's northwest side, says too many decisions are being made without residents' input.

I'm a low-income person. My neighbors are low-income people. The council tends to make decisions that benefit the wealthy, said Statler.

He said the council gives low- and middle- income folks what it thinks they want rather than asking them what they want.

But Moore that's not the case.

Everybody's listened to, and then a decision's made, she said. The decision doesn't always please everybody, she added.

It is a challenge, she acknowledged, to hear from everybody, especially given residents' busy schedules.

We would hold town hall meetings. No one would show up, she said.

Statler, 54, grew up in the San Francisco Bay area. He has been a Medford resident since 1990 and owns a computer consulting and repair business. He has served on many nonprofit organization boards, including the Rogue Valley Community Development Corporation, the Human Rights Coalition of Jackson County, the Oregon Coalition on Housing and Homelessness and the Association of Oregon Community Development Organizations.

Moore, 53, is a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Pro West and was appointed to the council two years ago. She is president of Soroptimist International of Medford and serves on the Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development Inc. board and the SMART (Start Making a Reader Today) leadership council. She is the council's liaison to the arts and cemetery commissions.

Statler said he would work as a council member to create more outreach to residents and establish newsletters and regular neighborhood meetings.

He said that his goal would be to build community in Ward — by encouraging involvement.

I'd like to see some neighborhood newsletters and increased neighborhood meetings, he said.

I've had a lot of training in bringing people together and resolving disputes and encouraging people to speak up. That's what's needed in west Medford, he said.

Moore said that she has been working on low-income housing issues, and recently the council formed a housing commission.

She said she's been an advocate for sidewalks around Howard Elementary School, so children don't have to walk on the road, and because of her efforts the city has allotted &

36;250,000 for the improvements.

It's something that we're working on, she said.

She said the strategic plan citizens put together is important for the city.

It's important that we have a plan and we're all going in the same direction, said Moore.

We want growth to pay for growth, we want controlled growth, she said.

Reach reporter Meg Landers at 776-4481 or e-mail .