LNA Candidate Slate Supported By Historic Laurelhurst
Historic Laurelhurst is proud to support the following candidates for the LNA Board elections on May 11. Download our flyer.
President John Liu
Vice-President Jennifer Moffatt
NW Quad Rep Tanya Baikow-Smith
NE Quad Rep John Deodato
SW Quad Rep Mike Parrott
SE Quad Rep Regina Winkler
At Large Rep Gabriel Aaron
SEUL Rep Guy Fiorita
Note: the candidates for Treasurer (Fred Cooper) and Secretary (Jim Edelson) are unopposed.
Voting starts May 11 at 8:00 pm. See the LNA website for how to vote online or in person. Important: online votes before 8:00 pm May 11 or after 8:00 pm May 12 will not be counted - do not vote "early".
John Liu for President
I helped Historic Laurelhurst and LNA establish the Laurelhurst Historic District to protect our historic houses from demolition. For the last several years I have been the LNA Newsletter Editor. I’ve also been filling in as Newsletter Ad Manager, SW Quad Rep and SEUL Rep, run the website, and helped with the Historic House Tour, Century Plaque, LNET’s emergency BECCN, LN2N and other neighborhood projects. For the Laurelhurst Club project, I did LNA’s financial analysis and due diligence, my wife Mary and I did the paint prep and other renovation work, and we handled showing and booking the club. I created and run the HistoricLaurelhurst.com website. Fun fact: I organized our neighborhood free bike repair station when the Naked Bike Ride started in Laurelhurst Park.
If elected President, I hope to:
1) increase engagement of neighbors with the LNA and vice-versa,
2) build ties between LNA and the school PTA, other neighborhoods, and senior citizen support groups like Eastside Village,
3) help the post-pandemic restart of our neighborhood Cleanup, Picnic, House Tour, and other events,
4) protect our Historic District against continued attempts to eliminate demolition protections for historic houses and rezone Laurelhurst for large apartment development,
5) engage with the entire neighborhood, build a consensus and help find a real solution for Portland's homeless camping,
6) make the club a welcoming, affordable resource for our neighborhood and Portland’s community, non-profit, school, arts and culture groups,
7) welcome and support the affordable family housing community coming to the Mann House,
8) clean up graffiti and trash, and work on the Arches' restoration,
9) welcome great new neighborhood initiatives and get LNA to support them.
I serve on the boards of Restore Oregon and the Architectural Heritage Center, volunteer with Don’t Shoot Portland, and chair the Portland Coalition for Historic Resources. I am an investment manager; before that I was a lawyer and studied mathematics. I restore and ride vintage bicycles, flyfish, cook, and (pre-Covid) enjoyed hosting events. I believe many things can be solved over a bottle of wine. I have lived in the SW quad since 2006.
Jennifer Moffatt for Vice President
I have lived in Laurelhurst since 2010 when I merged households with Mark (our four teenagers, dog, cat, and bird) and moved to our home on Glisan Street in the SW Quad. We now are empty nesters and love living here; putting plenty of miles walking at Laurelhurst Park and the great places around the neighborhood. I am a communications professional, and currently, I am Senior Director of Communications at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare.
In 2014, the house next door was bought for demolition by a developer. It didn't feel right to many of us, and seeing what was happening in other neighborhoods in Portland, I started the "Save the Markham Home" campaign. I met many of you, going door-to-door asking you to sign petitions or contribute to the fund to help save the home. We did it! That led to the neighborhood's efforts to become a historic district. I am proud of that campaign and the relationships I formed with neighbors as we were all working for a common cause. I learned a lot during that time about community, local politics, and the complexities that face our city.
Soon after that time, I began organizing the annual Garage Sale -- which I have done for the past six years, or so. I enjoy meeting all the neighbors when they pick up or drop off their signs (and I like taking on big projects). In 2016, I built the neighborhood website. With each project I have taken on, I have tried to make things a little better and move the neighborhood forward. We are now at a pivotal time in history and have a lot of big issues facing us as a close-in, urban neighborhood. We have an opportunity to help shape solutions and lead by example.
I am running for Vice President to create greater transparency and two-way communications between the neighborhood and the Board. We are all the LNA, and I believe input from the neighbors should inform the Board's decisions. After years of attending Board meetings and asking questions, I want to help form answers. We can do great things together, and show the city what a great neighborhood we are. I hope you will support me with your vote for Vice President.
John Deodato for NE Quad Rep
Having been a Laurelhurst resident since 1995, I have seen a slow but progressive change in our neighborhood and surrounding neighborhoods that has had both a positive and negative impact on livability. Laurelhurst’s central location on the east side and historic character makes it a very desirable place to live. Over the past decade Laurelhurst has seen a steady increase in complete and partial demolitions of moderately sized original homes, with the replacing structures substantially increasing in size and cost. The impact has been most noticeable in the NE & NW quadrants where the smaller bungalow homes are the predominant style.Seeing this trend several years ago, I decided I needed to get involved in the effort to get the neighborhood listed as a Historic District. Through the involvement with many of my neighbors in the Historic Laurelhurst Group, we raised the money required and worked on the nomination with the assistance Peter Meijer Architect. We finally reached the goal of being listed in March of 2019, with the Laurelhurst Historic District being officially listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
This is a great legacy we're leaving for future generations in this neighborhood, and the entire city of Portland. And while this is an amazing accomplishment, and only possible due to many dedicated neighborhood volunteers, there is still much work to be done to preserve the character of this neighborhood. Much of that work will need to be done in the coming years. Working with the Laurelhurst Neighborhood Association, I hope to contribute to this effort.
With the more recent acquisition of the Laurelhurst Club by the LNA, there is a unique opportunity for the preservation of this historic property, and the chance to return it to the function for which is was originally constructed back in 1914. Taking ownership of this property is a big commitment for the LNA. To our knowledge, we are the only Portland neighborhood association that has taken on such a project. There is much to do to return Laurelhurst’s historic club building to active use as a self-supporting resource for neighborhood, community, nonprofit, and arts and culture uses. I hope to help with this process along with many of my neighbors, and return this facility to its use as a gathering place for the Laurelhurst neighborhood.
Tanya Baikow-Smith for NW Squad Rep
Hello, Laurelhurst neighbors. My name is Tanya Baikow-Smith and I have lived in Laurelhurst since 1982. I bought my current home on NE Multnomah Street in 1986. I have delivered the LNA newsletters to neighbors in the NW Quadrant for a number of years. I actually can’t remember how long, but now that the NW Quad Rep position is open, I would love to be the new NW Quad Rep. I worked on the historic district effort and was co-chair for the first Laurelhurst Historic Homes Tour.
I am retired from United Airlines where I flew internationally for many years. My husband and I love to travel and are looking forward to getting back to it when things normalize. We are pet parents to one Red Lab and two Siamese cats. My husband is a terrific cook and we love socializing with our friends and eating good food and wine. We look forward to resuming those activities too! I hope you will consider me as a candidate for this position.
Regina Winkler for SE Quad Rep
My husband Jeff and I have been privileged to live in Laurelhurst for the last 25 years and have raised our 2 children Will and Genevieve in the Laurelhurst SE Quad neighborhood and schools. Living in a community like Laurelhurst with its beautiful old homes and trees across from the historic Laurelhurst Park was a lifelong dream which was fulfilled when we found ourselves parked across from our dream home on Pine St the first day it came on the market. Needless to say we snatched it up and are committed to supporting the vision of single family homes in curving tree-lined parcels which follow the natural contours of the land that was the design of the Olmstead Brothers for Laurelhurst.
As a result, I relished the opportunity to support many of the projects sponsored by LNA as well as the city. I enjoyed working on the tree inventory for the city which gave me insight into the diversity of our tree population especially in Laurelhurst Park. Additionally, I knocked on many doors in the neighborhood to get signatures advocating for the historic designation of Laurelhurst and also to inform eligible residents of their eligibility for the Century Home Plaque. Extensively researched many of our elegant old homes designated for the Laurelhurst home tour in addition to interviewing the owners of those homes. Furthermore, distributed information to residents to inform them of the city's efforts to use open spaces for shelters. Registered neighbors for Friends of Tree Planting in Laurelhurst. Served on the Safety Committee for LNA.
This is a volatile time in Portland and LNA must be pro-active in engaging with the city council on issues effecting our neighborhood such as the suggestion to open our parks up to camps as well as providing input and solutions to the increased violence and crime in Portland. Partnering with other neighborhood associations on common concerns is essential to having our voices heard. Homeless camps are growing especially now on Oak St. The opiod epidemic as well as covid19 restrictions are contributing to this growth. Supporting programs such as 'We Shine' to relocate homeless to safe and clean facilities is essential. I would be honored to serve on the council to tackle these and other critical problems facing our neighborhood.
Mike Parrott for SW Quad Rep
My name is Mike Parrott, and I am very interested in becoming involved in our community. Please consider me for the position of SW Quad Representative. My wife and I became residents of Laurelhurst over twenty years ago. Over the years, I have been lightly involved in other neighborhood initiatives, and now that retirement is on the horizon, I want to become more involved.
My professional background is focused on business management and marketing. My industry of expertise is professional services – law, accounting, and finance. I believe this background will be beneficial in my effort to support our neighborhood and community. Our neighborhood and community need help now more than ever. I hope to be part of a coalition that can bring resources to the table to solve the problems we face today. I hope you will seriously consider me for the position of SW Quad Representative.
Gabriel Aron for Board Member At-Large
My name is Gabriel Aron. I am running for a position on the LNA board as a board member at-large. I am a healthcare worker, a business owner, a husband, a father, and a member of our community. I see that we have much work to do in this community to clean it up, work on security, recreation, and provide opportunities for all of us to live healthy, happy lives. I’d like to work on that with you and the other members of our board. While this will be my first position on the board, it is not my first time working in the community to get things done. I was fortunate to work on the Historic District nomination committee and got to meet lots of our wonderful neighbors during that process. I hope you give me a chance to be a part of LNA board where I can help work on things that matter to this neighborhood.
Guy Fiorita for SEUL Rep
Hello Laurelhurst friends! My name is Guy Fiorita and I’m excited to run for the Southeast Uplift Representative position. My wife Ann and I moved to Laurelhurst with our son in 2015 and are proud to call it our home. We love the beautiful tree lined streets, the character of the homes and our beautiful park. As natives of South Dakota where it seems there are more people than trees (and there aren’t many people), we truly treasure our lush green neighborhood and friendly neighbors.
In my professional life, I work as a producer of commercials, television, film and live events. As a producer, I’m often put in situations where expectations are not in line with budgets and/or timelines and I need to quickly find a middle ground. This has given me a great deal of experience with creative problem solving. I’m a firm believer that listening and understanding is the first step in making progress.
Our family has taken great joy in being part of the Laurelhurst community. I see this as an opportunity to become a more active member of the community and ensure it continues to improve. Thank you for your consideration!
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