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Blog Post: May 2, 2015

Out of curiosity, I dropped by the Bike and Pedestrian Committee’s monthly meeting on Tuesday and had a good time. It turns out that I am acquainted with everyone on the committee. They all clearly love biking and the outdoors and advocate for this kind of activity and the general livability in Canby.

I attended the second stakeholders’ advisory committee meeting about the North Redwood Development Concept Plan this week and was struck by the hidden gem that is the Willow Creek wetlands area in Canby–that occupies 9.2 acres of land between N. Redwood Street and Territorial (to the north) and 99E (to the southeast).

This week, Monika, age 5, the youngest member of our family, got her own library card. She can now go to the hold shelf and seek the books held under her name, rather than mine. I’ve been checking out books for her on my card for a few years now, and she is thrilled to have achieved this level of independence!

The budget season is upon us in the City of Canby. There’s a committee of 12 people: 6 citizens and the 6 city councilors. We met last night to get an overview of the proposed 2015-16 budget and we will have at least 3 more budget meetings in May and then vote on it in June.

The kids and I did the downtown Canby “First Friday” event last night and were excited that there was a scavenger hunt this month. My kids love scavenger hunts, and I do, too. One of the questions was, for example,: “At Retro Revival on 280 N. Grant Street, what color is the dress that the mannequin is wearing?” (The answer, we discovered, is yellow and grey.)

Blog Post: April 25, 2015

What an exciting season this is! This spring my kids are involved in a several activities this spring , my husband is in a men’s choir, and I have frequent evening meetings.

The Youth Running Club of Canby, that I founded 2 years ago, is growing nicely and I am pleased to note that we now have an official logo, a Facebook page, and a growing presence in the community. Approximately 20 runners between the ages of 8-14 come out every Tuesday and Thursday, and our volunteer coaches are dedicated and work well with the kids.

Tracie Heidt for City CouncilI attended the Canby Educational Foundation’s Spring Fling on Thursday at the Willamette Golf Course. It was fun to chat with so many school district and community leaders.

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Shasta Kearns Moore, me , and Representative Bill Kennemer at Spring Fling

My table group was an interesting group of people with various backgrounds–the Enderles, the Sebastians, Shasta Kearns Moore, and Representative Bill Kennemer and his wife Cherie–and all of them volunteer their time for the community in diverse and important ways.

 Blog Post: April 19, 2015

The following is the text of the “letter to the editor” that I submitted to the Canby Herald last week for National Volunteer Appreciation Week.

The week of April 12-18 is National Volunteer Appreciation Week and I’d like to herald a hearty “Thank You” to the many volunteers we who serve our community in so many different capacities.

I’ve come to understand the extent of volunteerism in Canby over past year as I’ve gotten to know different people involved in the different service organizations, clubs, committees, and schools. As the school district’s Volunteer Coordinator last year, I became quite familiar with the school scene, but I am now gaining a deeper understanding of how many volunteers serve the Canby community at large.

I’ve concluded that a well-run, livable city really relies on its volunteers in order to thrive. The Library couldn’t circulate 100,000s of items per year without its army of volunteers. Young elementary school kids wouldn’t have such coveted one-on-one reading time. There wouldn’t be many school field trips without the volunteer PTA groups’ fundraising events. Churches would crumble. There’d be no Meals on Wheels at the Canby Adult Center, volunteer fire fighters (we have about 20 in Canby), Kiwanis toy drive at Christmas, free vision and hearing screenings with the Lions Club, college scholarships from Rotary, or mentors and tutors at the Canby Center. Without parent coaches, there would be no youth sports—or they would be a lot more expensive. And what would we do without a school board or city council? When one breaks it down like this, one recognizes how integral volunteers are to the life of a city.

If you would like to find your place in the fabric of our cherished community volunteers, please contact me at and I will find a good match for you and your interests.


My husband Myron and I attended our 6th Canby Community Preschool annual auction last Saturday–but this year for the first time as preschool alumni. It was good fun! And for a very worthy cause: it funds the cooperative preschool that nurtured our 3 daughters so authentically and well.

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My husband Myron and I and some friends at the Canby Community Preschool auction.

The final Library public input meeting with the architects was on April 15th. We’ve boiled it down to a design that had wide support among the community members who attended. At this point in the process, it looks like the Library itself (including the council chambers, which will also serve as a multipurpose room) will be on the ground floor at approximately 25,000 square feet, and City offices and a meeting room will occupy a smaller space on the 2nd floor–occupying about 10,000 square feet. It won’t be a full 2nd story, but this condensed size will keep us within the budget.

 Blog Post: April 12, 2015

On Saturday afternoon I joined about 25 other volunteers (many others were absent!) at the annual Library Volunteer Appreciation event.

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At the Library Volunteer Appreciation Event, watching the show

Each year the librarians dedicate a particular book–which is somewhat relevant in content–to each volunteer. This year my name was put in So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson. Charming. We then were regaled by the monthly “Music in the Stacks” concert by the group Two Sisters and  a Mister.

I attended the library public input meeting in the police department’s community room on Wednesday. It was interesting to see the 3 preliminary design concepts that the architects have drafted. My favorite one involved a gabled roof on the high point of the building (the middle image on screen).

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Images of 3 Library/Civic Center designs

Once we have the new Library/Civic Center building, large meetings like this will no longer have to be housed in the police department! The final public meeting will be April 14th at the police department at 7 pm.

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Talking to retired librarian Glenda Triebwasser about design option 1

On Tuesday, I attended the Chamber of Commerce luncheon to see Tony Gonzalez of CTV5 give a presentation on his personal story and the story of our local access channel. It was interesting to hear about all of the events they cover on such a small budget. To name a few: school outreach, high school graduation, local sports events, business promotional videos, “What’s Happening, Canby?” cooking shows, summer movies in the park, some big annual Canby events (e.g. the Car Show), and city council meetings. Contact him via his CTV5 FB page if you have an idea about a filming opportunity!

I attended a grant writing class in Sherwood on Monday through the League of Oregon Cities and feel more empowered to take on a future grant. I need to get sifting through the chief website ( to see what’s out there.

 Blog Post: April 4, 2015

At our Canby City Council meeting this week, the Mayor made a proclamation that April is “Grange Month.” Several Warner Grange members (located at 10100 S. New Era Rd) came for this. Afterwards, I viewed their website to learn more about them:

It is Library Appreciation week on the week of April 12th, and the Canby Public Library will accept canned food items, in lieu of cash, to pay off your fines that week!

The kids and I visited the North Marion Community Library on Monday. It is located in the basement of the Aurora Presbyterian Church on Liberty Street.Tracie Heidt Canby City Council

It’s a tiny library run by a group of local citizens, interested in developing a community library for the residents in and around Aurora, Donald, Hubbard, Butteville and Broadacres. It’s neat that these folks have the volunteer power to manage this. It’s open 3 days per week for about 4 hours at a stretch. I am impressed by their commitment to this project. Well done.

Yesterday I attended the Traffic Safety Commission’s monthly meeting. It’s a goal of mine to visit every City committee/commission within my first 6 months of office. As a group, they field citizen complaints and discuss policy about speed limits, parking zones, where  to place pedestrian crossing signs, and other traffic or safety related issues. Their recommendations go to city council for a vote. The police chief and fire chief were there to give their input about certain issues, too. It was interesting to get a general sense for the group and what they do.

Blog Post: March 27, 2015

It’s been a quiet week for all things city council, as I haven’t had any council meetings or liaison meetings this week. Also, it’s spring break. My family and I went to Mt. St. Helens today. I was surprised by the limited non-summer hours at the visitors’ centers but we managed to skate into the more distant visitors’ center before closing time anyway. And we took a couple of short hikes also. It’s fun to teach the kids about the power of volcanoes–and especially get to visit one that’s so close by.

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My family and I at Mt. St. Helens for the day during spring break.

 Blog Post: March 21, 2015

My liaison committees as a city councilor are the Canby Adult Center, Canby Area Transit, School board, and unofficially the Library board. Another councilor was technically assigned to the Library board but because I love the Library so much, I attend all of their meetings anyway.

I learned this week at the Adult Center board meeting that senior citizens receive a free spaghetti dinner each year at the high school before the spring musical; that is, they eat their meal and get to watch a dress rehearsal of the show. How fun! I was also reminded of the unique position that our Adult Center is in: the building is owned by the City of Canby but the property itself is owned by the Canby School District and is leased to the City of Canby (now on a yearly basis). And they share part of their parking lot with the Canby Swim Center. Now that is cooperation.

The Canby School Board hired Trip Goodall as the permanent superintendent last week. He has been the interim for the past school year. Also, they voted to approve full day Kindergarten in Canby. Academically, it is considered a positive move for young students, preparing them well for first grade, and most parents support it. Budget wise it will work out okay, especially if the State of Oregon approves their biannual budget at $7.5 billion rather than the $7.2 that is currently being proposed. It’s important for us constituents to contact our state legislators within the next week or so to tell them our opinions.

Blog Post: March 18, 2015

On March 9th I attended the community roundtable discussion group in West Linn with Representative Kurt Schrader. Education was  a major theme, as many local superintendents and school board members were there. He listened to our local concerns and we all learned from each other.

The City has a Request for Proposal for a general contractor for the Library/Civic Center project out. It will close in early April and in mid-April the project team will interview the final candidates.

Scott Edwards Architecture held two (identical) public input meetings last week to gather citizens’ thoughts and feelings about the look of the new Library. I attended the second meeting at Hope Village. They will conduct two more meetings on April 8th and 9th and bring us a general design based on our input and the results of the street survey that they will receive shortly. What I gathered is that people don’t want an ultra modern look but something that fits in with the look and surroundings of the city. The architects are tuned in to this, I believe.

I attended International Transit Driver Appreciation Day today at the Canby Area Transit office.

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Me, my daughter Monika, board members Walt Daniels and Don Smeback, and a CAT driver at the appreciation lunch

It was fun to meet some of the drivers and chat with the CAT staff and a couple of their board members. My Kindergarten-aged daughter, Monika, was ecstatic to get to eat a hot dog for lunch.

Our City Council meeting tonight was relatively uneventful. We passed a noise variance for the Gator Grinder triathlon event that will take place on May 9th at the Canby Swim Center and approved an updated Public Works Department ordinance.

Blog Post: March 8, 2015

On March 5th, we took another major step forward for the Library/Civic Center project at Urban Renewal Agency meeting (we councilors also run the URA) by approving an alternative bidding process to hire a General Contractor. Basically, it will streamline the bidding process, allowing us to complete the project on time and within our budget. More positive progress month by month!

I also learned from Councilor Traci Hensley that we county road users may take an online survey about the future of county road maintenance at:

I was in my element this week, getting to be a guest speaker in Ms. Carl’s 2nd grade class at Knight School, on the topic of the importance of reading and writing in my life. It was the highlight of my day. This is one of the wonderful benefits of being a City Councilor, getting invited to special events such as this. And I got to read the kids one of my favorite picture books: Knufflebunny.

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Presenting in Mrs. Karl’s 2nd grade class at Knight School.

The time has come for the first public meetings on the new Library/Civic Center building. One will be on March 10th at 7 pm in the police department’s community room and one on March 11th at 7 pm at Hope Village. Both will cover the same info. Please feel welcome to come and share your ideas with the new architects.

Here’s a new video from the Canby Economic Development Department about living in Canby. It’s filmed by our very own CTV 5 crew and narrated by our very own Councilor Greg Parker. Quite professional!

 Blog Post: March 1, 2015

On February 25th, I was in Salem for The League of Oregon Cities’ “City Day at the Capitol.” I was delighted to meet briefly with Representative Kennemer and Senator Olsen individually to talk Oregon legislation. One key issue that cities will be facing this session is that of Measure 90, which legalized Marijuana. Cities would like to have some local control related to marijuana practices, taxation, and revenue distribution.

Our annual Friends of the Library meeting was this month and there was a record turn out of 25 people. It was very heartwarming to have not only Friends members attend, but also Library

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Outgoing Friends of the Library board

Foundation and Library Board folks, as well as our City Administer, Rick Robinson. This is symbolic of the positive momentum and energy in Canby around the new Library project. I officially stepped down from my board position and will miss working with this fun and innovative group of women.

Last Saturday U.S. Congressman Kurt Schrader  came to Lake Oswego to speak and answer citizens’ questions. I had never actually attended a Town Hall meeting before. It was very interesting, hearing the knowledgeable Congressman update us on what is going on. He seems like a down to earth, approachable fellow.

U.S. Congressman Schrader at a Lake Oswego town hall meeting.

U.S. Congressman Schrader at a Lake Oswego town hall meeting.

 At our last Urban Renewal Meeting (we 6 city councilors plus the mayor comprise that group) we had a milestone vote: We voted to buy the adjacent lot–to the property we already own for the new Library/Civic Center project–from the Cutsforth family. This is big news! Our astute city administrator, Rick Robinson, was able to find a cost effective way to arrange this, thus convincing all councilors that this was a wise economic move, as well as being in the best interest of the Library project.

Blog Post: February 15, 2015

I’ve been on the job of Canby City Councilor for over a month now and I feel like a different person from the one who was elected a mere 3 months ago. I am settling into the role nicely, and it feels good.

I went to a North Redwood Development Concept Plan meeting on February 9th at the police department’s community room and learned that the notion to develop this area (east of Redwood Street to the Willow Creek housing development) began in 2003. It is 66 acres and currently contains 23 tax lots. This concept plan basically lays an infrastructure plan for the future day (we don’t know how far out this is) that this area is annexed by the City. It is currently outside of the City limits. There will be a public open house event on April 14th so that the public can ask questions and see the presentation that we did about this concept plan.

On February 11th, I toured the Public Works buildings north of Territorial Rd. with Jerry Nelzen, the department lead, and learned a lot about how things work in the world of public works.

The Public Works department has 4 main functions in Canby: streets, collections (sewer), storm water, and the cemetery. They are a small but mighty department of about 9, including parks and fleet maintenance crews. We have about 50 miles of sewer lines in Canby and they clean about 6-8 miles of them per year. There is a large, impressive vehicle called a “vactor” that gets the job done. In fact, the department just purchased a new one this week and is excited to use it.

They share their space with the Canby Utility staff, who has 14 employees there. They do the water and electric work (those workers are called “linemen”). There is someone on call 24 hours a day to take emergency calls.

We have 7 lift stations around town. A lift station uses a series of pumps and valves to move storm water and sewage out of low-lying areas to the central sewage treatment location (off of Territorial).

We are gradually moving to an LED light system for all street lights. They are very expensive but very efficient and have a long lifespan.

If you’d ever like to tour the waste water plant, contact Dave O’Connor at I plan to take a tour of that area next!

Blog Post: February 7, 2015

It’s been an interesting week!

I attended the Canby criminal court on Monday morning and saw several cases resolved by Judge Grafe. Because we are a small town, it is not a court of records, and sometimes defendents appeal their cases to the circuit court, I learned. The cases I witnessed were for misdemeanors such as DUII or petty theft. It was interesting to watch the ceremony of the court (which is held in the large community room at the police department for the time being) and see how professional and reasonable, i.e. just, the judge is.

At the Canby Chamber of Commerce luncheon this week, Interim Superintendent Trip Goodall gave his “State of the Schools” address and I learned that the district is not as optimistic about the state’s funding for this upcoming biennium as they once were, but they hope to maintain their current level of service anyway. The district is proud that our graduation rate of 86% is higher than the state average: 70%.

At the Wednesday city council meeting we appointed (or reappointed) a few citizens to City committees, passed a couple of housekeeping resolutions, and authorized a contract with Heard Farms to remove our wastewaster sludge from our treatment plant. This is a win-win situation, as it is an economical AND environmental method of disposing of the waste and it benefits the farmer’s fields directly (via compost).

We also heard active citizen, John Serlet, speak on behalf of the wild turkey flock that roosts off of North Juniper Street. He requested that the City post a “Yield to Turkeys” sign in the interest of protecting the birds from passing cars, and we plan to look into it!

Blog Post: January 25, 2015

It was another educational week for this new councilor.

At our Wednesday Urban Renewal Agency meeting (the Canby City Councilors also serve as the URA board) we approved our City Administrator’s proposal to hire Scott Edwards Architecture as the firm who will design the Library/Civic Center. They come highly recommended and are in fact designing the expansion of the Oregon City Public Library currently.

We reviewed the new “Discover Canby” brochure, which can be viewed at, as well as the updated “Canby Urban Renewal District Annual Report,” which will be available at different locations around town soon. Both are  informational, attractive, and very user friendly. Well done, City staff.

At the City Council meeting that followed, we approved a resolution to participate in the PERS “Unused Sick Leave Program.” This will benefit city employees who separate or retire at no additional cost to the City. Very good.

We also  authorized a contract with GT General Contracting to begin SW 4th Avenue road improvements. This means sidewalks, streets, and traffic lights; in short, improved safety on that street, which will especially impact the many teenagers who walk that route during lunch and to/fro school.  I believe this is funded by Safe Routes to School dollars.

And socially, I attended my first Clackamas County Association dinner event in West Linn with other councilors and mayors from the county. I got to meet Secretary of State Kate Brown, as well as several other electeds. It was fun! I noticed that the men in attendance outnumbered the women by about 5 to 1. Interesting.

Blog Post: January 18, 2015

I went to an all-day training for newly-elected officials (i.e. mostly city councilors and mayors) in Oregon on Wednesday and learned many things. Two things of note: There are 242 cities in Oregon and of them 2 cities have full-time, paid mayors : Portland and Beaverton. The rest are volunteers or receive some kind of a stipend. It was a fun experience!

On Thursday night, I attended the The Canby Area Transit (CAT) committee meeting as the council liaison. It was wonderful to see Walt Daniels–a former City Councilor of 25 years and a role model of mine–there as a committee member. It is clear that the board, as well as the City staff, get along really well. Their general public transit survey got a fair number of respondents recently and the results will be analyzed soon. It’s always tricky to figure out how to reach a broad swath of people in the community via a survey.

Afterwards, I attended the Canby School Board meeting. It was a full house because there was a public hearing on the proposed Canby Grove Experiential Charter School. The school board is tasked with the decision to approve or disapprove the charter school. It will come down to the budget, in the end. The big questions is always: “Who will pay for it?” If you are interested in learning more about their vision, they  are  on Facebook: Canby Grove Charter School.

Blog Post: January 10, 2015

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Swearing-in ceremony: January 7, 2015

I was officially sworn into office this week. All 3 of us councilors took the oath before the judge, the other councilors/mayor, and the many spectators who filled the gallery to see this important ceremony.

It was fun!

Immediately thereafter, I joined the rest of the council on the dias, as Councilor Clint Coleman stepped down. Mayor Hodson had presented him with a plaque of appreciation earlier in the meeting; we truly appreciate his service to the City for those 2 years he served as councilor.

The new council (with me on it!) then discussed how to proceed to fill Councilor Ken Rider’s vacant seat (he suddenly resigned last week) and agreed that we would publicize the opening and accept applications for appointment through January 24th. We also discussed our liaisonships to the many City committees which we are linked to. I am now the liaison to the Canby School Board, the Canby Adult Center, and Canby Area Transit. Although I wasn’t officially appointed to the Canby Public Library Board, I will attend their meetings nonetheless to stay current on their events and updates.

I am, and will remain, a dedicated advocate of the Library.

Blog Post: January 3, 2015

Happy New Year! After reading the Canby Herald this week, I found it interesting  that there was a significant amount of turnover of community leaders in 2014, namely the Superintendent, City Administrator, Fire Chief, and Chamber Director. The incoming leaders, Tripp Goodall, Rick Robinson, Jim Davis, and Mallory Gwynn (respectively) are all well qualified and are doing well in their posts.

I ran on the platform of  “a new voice” for Canby, but it seems that there are several new voices for us in 2015! Exciting times.

Blog Post: December 18, 2014

I am looking forward to January 7th, 2015, when I am sworn in and officially begin as a Canby City Councilor. It has been an interesting interim period since the election.

I’ve gotten to know my fellow councilors a bit better–over one-on-one coffee chats–and have met several members of the City staff to learn what they do. I’ll continue to meet more department heads in the coming weeks to flesh out the full picture of Canby and how it operates.

In recent City news, The Vertical Housing Zone application has been approved! If we start going vertical, downtown Canby could gradually become more vibrant. The possibility of a thriving, more happening downtown is exciting.

According to Renate Mengelberg, the Economic Development Director: “The Vertical Housing Zone  is a very helpful incentive to attract more mixed use residential development to our downtown. It provides a 10 year property tax abatement that increased from 20% to 80% for each floor of housing above ground floor retail space. Encouraging mixed use and more downtown housing implements Canby’s Vision, Downtown Plan and Economic Development Strategy.”

I’ll keep you posted.

Blog Post: December 3, 2014

Here is an updated aerial view of the future Library/Civic Center property. A Request for Proposal was submitted for an architectural firm today, and the deadline for proposals is December 29th.


Our new Canby City Administrator, Rick Robinson, describes the photo thusly: “The green highlighted area is the section of North Juniper Street to be abandoned necessitating relocation of utilities currently in the road right of way. The red box is the current footprint for the project area. The yellow box is the lot immediately adjacent to the project property. The blue box overlaps the yellow box and is the area designated for staging during the period of construction.”

Blog Post: November 24, 2014

The City of Canby officially closed on the purchase of the Cutsforth’s property for the new LIBRARY/CIVIC CENTER on November 21st.

This is good news!Tracie Heidt City Council Canby

The construction manager, Lenore LLC, was hired two weeks ago, and the next important step in this process is hiring a skilled architectural firm.

Blog Post: November 20, 2014

Recent Speed Limit Reduction on Territorial Road in Canby

While I was canvassing, several people mentioned their frustration with the reduced speed limit from 35 to 30 mph on Territorial Rd.

I therefore gathered information from from the Canby Police Department and here is what I learned:

The Canby Traffic Safety Committee viewed the 35 mph speed limit as an area of concern. They therefore looked at the issue and had ODOT do a traffic study, and the resulting study recommended that the City of Canby lower the speed limit to 30 mph. From there it went to Canby City Council for approval. The police department has historically gotten quite a few complaints about speeding vehicles on Territorial Rd. They said that when a speed is posted at 30 mph, people drive about 35 mph; so when it was posted at 35 mph, people were traveling at about 40 mph, which they think is a little fast for that area.

Blog Post: November 11, 2014

Happy Veteran’s Day, and thank you to all who have served in the service of their country.

This is my formal acceptance speech, which I submitted to The Canby Herald this week:

Thank you, Canby voters, for electing me to the Canby City Council last Tuesday. This campaign was an interesting and exciting life experience–among the top 10 of my life.

Through this process, I knocked on hundreds of doors, talked to hundreds of people, put up 150 yard signs, attended local Canby events and service club meetings, and asked several friends, family members, and my husband to watch our kids so I could do all of this. And I now have an even better sense of who Canby is and what Canby citizens want.

It is clear to me that people strongly support a high-quality public library, would like smoothly paved streets and to feel safe, would like to see some dynamic change in Canby, and, most importantly, want to feel represented by their elected officials.

I have read the concerns that a few people have expressed about how a different council–with me on it—will get along. It is healthy for an elected body to have diverse opinions and robust discussion about issues of importance, for that is the very heart of democracy. The job of the council is to make positive change in Canby, to get things done. I’ve gotten things done in the several community groups I’ve served, and I plan to help get things done at the city level.

This campaign was fun and transformative largely because of the tremendous support I found in the community. I am exceedingly grateful to the advisers, donors, volunteers, Facebook supporters, letter to the editor writers, and voters who helped raise me from candidate to City Councilor. Thank you. I am ready to be your new voice in January.

Blog Post: November 6, 2014

A Reflection 

This campaign was an interesting life experience–among the top 10 of my life, I’d say. I was tentative in the beginning, unsure about what to expect and how to proceed, and there were several big, high-profile decisions to make, such as what to write for the Voters’ Pamphlet, how to respond to OregonLive’s essay questions, how to create a professional flyer (and where to place those 150 yard signs??).

After completing each challenging task, I gained more confidence in my ability to navigate this foreign territory called The Campaign. I followed my instincts and sought advice from old friends and new acquaintances at each turn and learned that having solid advisers is crucial. When something is as public as this, there is a lot on the line, and it can be almost paralyzing.

I’ve now experienced the “it takes a village” quip first hand and assert: “It takes a village to raise a candidate.” I am exceedingly grateful for the village of advisers, donors, volunteers, and voters who helped raise me from candidate to City Councilor. Thank you.

I am ready now. I am ready to take office in January.

Blog Post: November 4, 2014

It’s Election Day!

I haven’t updated my blog for a few weeks because I’ve been spending my time canvassing and making phone calls.

October was an exciting, eventful month and I met hundreds of Canby citizens. I visited Kiwanis, Rotary, and the Lions Club, respectively, and chatted with members. It’s interesting to see how each group functions and how they have common service goals. It struck me how they each value service to children in the community very highly. I share that value!

I attended the Health and Harvest Celebration at Hope Village with my resident friend Janet Adrian and enjoyed chatting with vendors and seniors. I learned several new things about Canby from the vendors who were tabling there: for example, I learned about CAT and their budget, what Thelma’s Place has to offer those afflicted with Alzheimers, and that Bess has voluntarily run the Hope Village Holiday Bazaar for the past decade and will retire from it this year.

I had lunch at the Canby Adult Center in mid-October and actually  helped serve because they were short on volunteers that day. It was neat to see some familiar faces: volunteers from the Teacher Adoption program, a couple men I met at a past American Legion breakfast, Mr. Tucker, a former substitute teacher from my high school days, and even my childhood hairdresser, Sandy.

I’ve enjoyed the campaign trail immensely–I guess I’m more of an extrovert that I had imagined. I suppose even the attack letters to the editor against me were good training for the conflicts to come. My favorite aspect of the experience was canvassing door to door. It’s interesting to see people, even if for a minute or two, in their home environments.

I learned that people just want to be listened to…and they wouldn’t mind if you could solve some of their problems, too. I would like to do just that.

Please vote today!

Blog Post: October 14, 2014

This is what I learned from the Canby Planning Department today:

The city council addressed the issue of not having the staff to properly maintain new parks when it  reviewed the annexation application for Annexation Measure 3-454 by reducing the size of the future park. They also realized that a park would not happen for some time, and the city council stated that they are working diligently to find a solution within the next year.

Since park land is nearly impossible to come by once a subdivision is developed (either not available or it’s way too expensive to buy developed lots) the City land-banks park land for the future, as it makes economic sense to do so.

In short, the maintenance issue is the bugaboo here. We need to find a good solution so we can expand and maintain our parks!

I support having a strong parks system, as I believe people need open, public spaces in which to relax (or play).

Blog Post:October 12, 2014

Back in April, I invited the entire Canby City Council and Mayor Hodson to join me and some Friends of the Library volunteers to canvass Canby in support of the Civic Center/Library advisory measure that was on the May 2014 ballot. Mayor Hodson was the only one who joined us, in the end, although some of the others were supportive of the idea.

I was proud of that symbolic show of unity, as there had been friction between the City Council and the Friends after the council voted to stop the Library project on 2nd Avenue.

Click here to read my April 30th letter to the editor:

Blog Post: October 11, 2014

The Clackamas County Voters’ Pamphlet is available online and was mailed out to voters this week. My statement is on page 6.

I am learning that people have questions about things going on in Canby and don’t know how to access answers, i.e. they don’t know who to contact.

I’ve always enjoyed the process of asking questions  and seeking information, and on this campaign trail I am enjoying my role in getting people answers to their questions. I now know who to direct each type of question to, and simply need to stop, find the answer, and communicate with the questioner. For example, someone asked me the other day why the handicapped parallel parking spaces were removed from 1st Avenue when the beautification project was done. It’s on my list of questions for the Planning Department, who is always helpful and responsive. In fact, I will post the answer on my blog when I acquire the answer!

Blog Post: October 10, 2014


A couple supporters and my campaign manager, Theresa Enderle (here pictured), and I were waving my signs on 99-E near McDonalds before the Canby football game. My 3 daughters were with us and waved their home-made signs, too. It was fun. The highlight for the kids was probably eating at McDonalds afterwards. We don’t do that too often.

 Blog Post: October 8, 2014

I feel a little bit like the seminal American poet Walt Whitman in Leaves of Grass as I canvass across Canby. He feels a deep connection with the people he meets in his travels and identifies with them.

Tracie Heidt,City Council,Canby

Canvassing Tracie

I find that it has taken some time to become completely comfortable knocking on strangers’ doors and telling them: “I’m a politician!” if they yell, “Who is it?” through the closed door. It’s strange to think of myself as a politician because I consider myself a “community leader,” and not a “politician,” which has become a bit of a dirty word in our country, unfortunately.

But regardless of the label, I know I am it, and I will work hard for the people who have voted me in.

Blog Post: October 4, 2014

The Oregonian’s online Voter Guide came out on Friday, October 3rd. For some reason my opponents did not submit their responses, but please read mine below  (copied from

Personal fact of your choice
“I was known as the ‘Chicken Lady’ when I lived in Ames, Iowa. My backyard flock was affectionately regarded by the neighborhood.”
Quote from candidate
“Through my deep involvement with different segments of the Canby community, I am in a prime position to enact the value of “inclusive community” for which the city council strives.”
Last book read
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

What is your top goal for the city in the coming year or two?

My top goal in the coming year is to responsibly shepherd through the new Civic Center/Library project. This can be done by making wise financial decisions and doing broad outreach in the community to get their input on how they want their downtown to ultimately look and function. We can organize our community and arrive at a vision that improves the walkability and livability of a vibrant downtown to benefit all: shoppers, tourists, businesses, and families.

After years of failed levies, Canby voters strongly supported funding a civic center-library. Why do you think support was so strong?

Canby voters strongly supported the project because we love our Library and all that it means for the community. We recognize how libraries fill a societal need, how they serve the general public, and how all are welcome.

It is not surprising that our Library support was so strong in the May 2014 advisory vote because we in fact voted to approve the permanent Library tax district by a similar margin in 2008: 70% to 30%.

We value the Library as the heart of our community and we understand how a larger, modern facility will energize downtown. The current library building is long past its operational lifespan. The new building will not only efficiently consolidate City of Canby offices in one location, but it will bring us a 21st century Library building that everyone can enjoy.

I have been involved with the politics of the new Library project for two years, and I organized a joint “Vote Yes” canvass effort between the Friends of the Library and the mayor/city council in May.

Any thoughts on improving the local economy?

I support the selling the several City-owned properties that are currently vacant or will become vacant during the Civic Center consolidation. We can judiciously market them to businesses that will serve our community’s interests, thereby increasing the snowball effect of downtown vitality.

Also, with the completion of the Sequoia Parkway bridge, our Industrial Park is now more accessible, and we can proudly recruit innovative businesses to these shovel-ready properties. I have faith in the leadership of our incoming city administrator, Rick Robinson, who has substantial experience in municipal finance and development.

Thanks to the Canby Main Street Program and the Arts & Culture Advisory Council, among others, there is momentum to create a more inviting cultural dynamic in town. This, paired with the new Civic Center/Library, will help improve our local economy by attracting more businesses, visitors, and families to the city.

What is Canby’s current No. 1 problem?

Canby’s number one problem is clearly identifying what we want the city to become. As a community, we have transitioned from a small rural town to a quasi-bedroom community of Portland over the past 20 years. Now we are looking to become a self- sufficient community that retains its small town charm and friendliness. We want Canby to become a place where we can live, work, grow, and play, but we are uncertain and divided about how to make that happen.

What are your thoughts on addressing that problem?

The solution to Canby’s identity problem is creating a relevant, inclusive vision for what we can be by reaching out broadly to all segments of the community, namely: the school community, businesses, the Hispanic community, civic committees, church groups, nonprofits, neighborhood associations, service groups, and Library users. We do this by having positive, transparent leaders. I make a point to understand different perspectives, I know many people from all parts of our community, and I believe that my experience as an educator and community leader puts me in a strong position to help resolve this problem. By unifying the different voices in our community, we can shape our identity so it is inclusive and truly reflects who we are and what we want Canby to become.

My Candidate’s Statement:  Clackamas County Voters’ Pamphlet

Volunteer Coordinator, Canby School District; Office Administrator, African Road, Inc.

Occupational Background:
High School English Teacher; Library Storytime Presenter; Activities Leader at Metropolitan Family Services; long-term volunteer at the Canby Public Library and the Canby School District; stay-at-home mom

Educational Background:
Canby High School; B.A. in English, Portland State University; M.A. in Teaching, Lewis & Clark College

Prior Governmental Experience:
Canby Community Preschool Registrar
Vice President of Auburn Farms Homeowners Association
Friends of the Library Membership Chair
Ford Institute Leadership Program participant
Canby Community Vision participant

Husband Myron and 3 daughters who attend Eccles Elementary

I’m Tracie Heidt, a community leader in Canby.

As a Canby native with a background in education, non-profit board experience, and service to children and families in Canby, I will add a unique and broad perspective to the city council. I care deeply about the future of Canby, not only for my family, but for all who choose to live, work, and grow here. I will bring to the council a commitment to strong communication, compromise, and robust public engagement.

Demonstrated Community Leadership
• Championed the cause for the new Library
• Led the Teacher Adoption Program in the Canby schools
• Founded the free Youth Running Club
• Persuaded the neighborhood association to lower annual dues
• Bringing Oregon Battle of the Books to Eccles this year


Strengthening our Community
• Making Canby a place where people want to live, where their voices matter, and the cost of living and doing business is affordable.
• Building a strong community identity and vibrant cultural and business climate downtown.
• Attracting new and innovative businesses to the Industrial Park to expand employment opportunities here in town.

Improving Education
• Providing lifelong learning opportunities for all: preschool to senior citizens.
• Supporting the new Library project, schools, Chamber of Commerce educational opportunities, and Canby Adult Center programs.

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