January 5th, 2011 | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, Politics

One More Candidate Surfaces to Replace Robert Liberty

Bob Shiprack

Here's an update to our piece from earlier today about the political fallout from the resignation of Metro Councilor Robert Liberty. There's a new hopeful besides Bob Stacey seeking the appointment to replace Liberty.

The new contender is also a Bob—as in Bob Shiprack, a former state legislator and an influential long-time voice for labor at the Capitol. Shiprack retired last year as the lobbyist for the powerful Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council.

If Shiprack were appointed to the Metro seat in District 6, he wouldn't be the only public official in his house. Judy Shiprack, Bob's wife, is a Multnomah County commissioner.

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Here's the email Bob Shiprack sent Metro councilors today:
Bob Liberty's announcement that he will be leaving the Metro Council opens up an opportunity for the remaining councilors to appoint their future colleague. As they consider the many names that I'm sure will be thrown into the mix I think it's important that they ensure Liberty's successor is a consensus builder; someone with experience facilitating reform; and a representative of all of the constituents of District 6.

That is why I will be contacting Metro Councilors over the next few days to let them know I am interested in the Metro Council appointment.

Metro is facing major decisions over the next few years. The Council will need to bring together many stakeholders; consider the affects of their decisions on the diverse residents of the Metro region; and continue to move our region forward through long-term planning, strong management and a commitment to balanced development.

Throughout my career I have been honored to represent the interests of the Oregonians who work hard to make this state a great place to call home: as a six-term State Representative; overseeing the reform of Oregon's workers' compensation program, which 20 years later is still considered one of the best programs in the nation; as chair of the Oregon's Energy Facility Siting Council I prioritized bringing renewable energy to Oregon, including siting growing numbers of wind farms; and most recently leading the Oregon State Building Trades Council for almost 25 years, ensuring various interests worked together to promote good paying construction jobs and sound, sustainable development in Oregon.

I am a consensus builder. I have experience representing my neighbors' interests. I have a history of success. And I know that District 6's next Metro Council will have to be all of those things – and be ready to listen to constituents from every corner of this diverse district – if we're going to continue to have a great region in which to live, work, and raise a family.

I look forward to talking more with all of you about my interest in this position, in discussing Metro's priorities with the current Councilors, and in representing my neighbors and all of the metropolitan area residents on the Metro Council.
 
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