Middleton City Council: Rob Kiser

October 7, 2013 

Name: Rob Kiser

Age: 42

Occupation: Middle School PE/health teacher, Middleton School District

Education: Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Oregon University

Prior political experience: None

Civic involvement: none provided

Years living in Middleton: Born and raised in Middleton, returned in 2000 to work in Middleton.

Family: Spouse, Shelly; children Hailee, Callee and Jerry

Website: none provided

Social media accounts: Facebook.com/RobKiserforCityCouncil

1. What makes you a better choice for voters than your opponent(s)?

I believe I provide a fresh, non-biased set of eyes for the council. I am not for or against the mayor of Middleton. I am for the city of Middleton. I want what is best for the city of Middleton and its residents.

2. If elected, what are your top three priorities? How will you accomplish them? Please provide specifics.

1. Continued improvements to Middleton’s infrastructure. I will continue to push and vote in favor of projects that improve sidewalks and roads in the city of Middleton.

2. Continued partnership with the school district. The Middleton School District and the city of Middleton (city hall) have only recently begun working together. This is a partnership that benefits more than just the children of our community. This partnership has the potential to benefit every member of the Middleton community. I will work to make sure this partnership continues to grow.

3. City Parks. I have already voted to improve and update the play ground equipment at one of Middleton’s city parks. I will continue to support and push for updating, improving and acquiring more land for park space. We want to improve our community’s wellness. Improving our parks is the first place to start.

3. What is the one thing your city should start doing to encourage economic development and create jobs?

I believe we, the city of Middleton, need to be actively recruiting businesses to the Middleton area. We need to offer incentives to encourage businesses to choose Middleton over other areas.

4. How do you envision your city 10 to 20 years from now? How should it change?

Twenty years from now I believe Middleton will be a strong, vibrant community with a downtown area filled with small businesses.

5. Are you concerned about public apathy and involvement in civic matters? How would you get more people involved?

Yes, I am concerned with public involvement in civic matters. Only a small percentage of people in any city really know what decisions are being made and Middleton is no different. I will continue to seek input from Middleton residents and vote accordingly.

6. What are the top two issues facing Middleton, and how should they be addressed?

Improved infrastructure and controlled growth. At the present time Middleton is working to improve the roads and sidewalks throughout the community but this is a long, expensive process. Middleton has done an excellent job of improving the “older” areas of the city. I believe we, the city of Middleton, need to continue to update our “older neighborhoods.

At the present time I believe Middleton has a great plan for future growth. I would like to keep revisiting this plan to ensure our community and school district can handle the growth.

7. If tax revenues take an upswing in the next few years, which part of city government do you think most needs an infusion of cash, and why?

If tax revenue increases I will push to accelerate the street and sidewalk improvement plan. We have areas in our community without sidewalks and roads in need of improvements.

8. If more budget tightening is needed, where would you look first for cuts? Why?

I will look at city salaries first. I think the first area of cuts should always come from the administration first.

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