Tigard Planning Commission President Yi-Kang Hu has developed a platform centered on improved street and pedestrian accessibility, affordable housing, economic development, and community safety in his bid for a City Council seat this November.
“Our current Council has accomplished important work, but there are still challenges and also opportunities ahead,” Hu said in a press release announcing his candidacy. “I believe I will bring a good balance of hands-on experience and new ideas to Council. I hope that the people of Tigard will agree and that I can count on their support this November.”
Hu was born in Taiwan and immigrated to the United States as a child with his family. He works as an attorney specializing in food and drug policy and regulation and has served on the planning commission for seven years.
“I got involved in both the Tigard Planning Commission and Transportation Advisory Committee seven years ago to advocate for safer streets and more sidewalks in our community,” he said.
The issue remains central to Hu’s platform, and he intends to continue talking with voters throughout the rest of the summer and fall about his priorities.
Hu, the first member of his immediate family to attend college, has a law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Oregon Health & Science University, and an undergraduate degree from Reed College.
He credits his parents with teaching him the value of public service and the importance of giving back to the community. He volunteers with the Tigard Community Emergency Response Team in addition to the Planning Commission.
In his leisure time, he enjoys exploring and hiking the great Pacific Northwest with his husband and their dog.
He is endorsed by Tigard Mayor Jason Snider and several other local elected leaders and community organizations.
“I can’t think of a better way to continue my public service than serving on the Tigard City Council,” he said.
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