Why are you running for city councilor, what do you bring to the table that your opponents do not?
My name is David “Jerry” Hahn and I am a candidate for a seat on the Tigard City Council. This is my first time running for an elected political position and as such I have oft been asked why I chose to do so. As I reflect on the answer I keep coming back to the idea of service, and wanting to be part of something bigger and more important in the community. I grew up in Tigard, and though my family moved during my teen years I have lived in my current residence for the past 25 years. During that time I have seen the improvements, as well as the challenges, that face the city going forward and feel I can provide a long-term perspective on the issues.
What is the #1 issue facing Tigard and what do you propose we do about it?
The answer to the query as to what I bring to the table that my opponents do not is many fold. For the past thirty years I have been a high school teacher and coach. I teach government, economics, history, and particularly Advanced Placement Comparative Government and Politics. I am well-versed in how government systems work. I have also lived in three countries other than the US and seen how issues can be approached and resolved from a myriad of directions. I am an adept problem solver. I am a life-long learner who is willing and eager to take on challenges. As a Fulbright Scholar I have experienced the rigor of analyzing and evaluating difficult tasks. Lastly, I am a veteran of the US Army (military intelligence, cryptanalytic specialist, and multi-linguist). Combined, I hope that will bring the voters to see that I have quite a distinct and varied professional background that would serve the city well. Thank you for your consideration.
David “Jerry” Hahn