Moving Redmond Forward Together

As Mayor, I will strive to make Redmond a community in which all of our citizens feel welcomed and appreciated.

Twenty years ago, I served as Mayor of Redmond during a period of rapid growth. Shaping the community for the next generation was very important to me as Susan and I were raising young children at the time.

Today, we have a new period of rapid growth. It is time we once again take action to insure our children and grandchildren inherit a healthy and vibrant community.

To meet that goal, we need to make common sense decisions for the benefit of the whole community rather than make decisions based on toxic partisan ideologies.

We need to continue growing Redmond’s vibrant downtown and business community well into the future by encouraging new business development and expanding existing businesses.

Steve Schaefer, KPOV | Interview With Ed Fitch, Mayoral Candidate City of Redmond, OR

As Mayor, I will strive to make Redmond a community in which all of our citizens feel welcomed and appreciated.

Twenty years ago, I served as Mayor of Redmond during a period of rapid growth. Shaping the community for the next generation was very important to me as Susan and I were raising young children at the time.

Today, we have a new period of rapid growth. It is time we once again take action to insure our children and grandchildren inherit a healthy and vibrant community.

To meet that goal, we need to make common sense decisions for the benefit of the whole community rather than make decisions based on toxic partisan ideologies.

We need to continue growing Redmond’s vibrant downtown and business community well into the future by encouraging new business development and expanding existing businesses.

Steve Schaefer, KPOV | Interview With Ed Fitch, Mayoral Candidate City of Redmond, OR

My Commitments As Redmond Mayor

MAYORAL PRIORITIES FOR A GOVERNMENT OF TRANSPARENCY

My Commitments As Redmond Mayor

Open dialogue at Redmond City Council Meetings

Discuss ALL issues of concern to the community at City Council meetings consistent with an open dialogue process.  In the past few years, the City Council has refused to discuss certain issues despite requests from many citizens.  These include:

  • Allow marijuana dispensaries in strategic locations to provide tax revenue to the City as well as reasonable access to legalized marijuana products for adults in Redmond and the surrounding area.
  • Prohibit Nazi and Confederate flags in City of Redmond or Chamber of Redmond sponsored events.
  • Discuss issues brought forth from the community at City Council meetings.
  • Determine the best policies for the City of Redmond and its citizens.

Ease traffic congestion and increase roadway safety

Enhance safety on existing roadways by installing speed control measures, bike lanes and improving the South Highway 97 corridor.

  • Continue with planned improvements to the South Highway 97 corridor.
  • Improve East / West connectivity in Redmond with one or two grade separated crossings of the railroad tracks.
  • Add bike lanes and analyze traffic to reduce speeding on local, collector and arterial streets such as Helmholtz, Highland Avenue and 27th Street.
  • Plan and implement an alternate route on the East side of the railroad tracks.
    • The alternate route would follow the existing corridor of Airport Way through the old Juniper Golf Course, then North on NE 9th Street to its North terminus; then to a location at or near O’Neil / Highway 97 junction. This will insure the existing Highway 97 route will function well into the future instead of failing under increasingly heavy use.

Coordinate school safety plans with agencies

Coordinate school safety between schools, Redmond Police and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s office to insure the most current and best practices are implemented in each school to keep Redmond’s children as safe as possible.

    • Public discussion on this topic requested for the September 13th City Council meeting 
    • Include Redmond Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff and Redmond School Board 
    • Engage the Redmond community as a whole to keep our schools as safe as possible

Protect and create livable neighborhoods

Prioritize and protect the livability of all neighborhoods.

    • Address sidewalk maintenance, replacement or installation in older parts of town
    • Add bike lanes within the city and residential neighborhoods to protect cyclists
    • Review and address recent Oregon State legislation (HB 2001) which could compromise the integrity of existing neighborhoods if not implemented with careful consideration to minimize negative impacts.
    • Continue with efforts to provide affordable housing not only in Redmond but throughout Central Oregon

Promote population diversity and inclusion

Lead by example with action to ensure all residents feel welcome

  • Implement the action plan in the City of Redmond’s Diversity and Inclusion policies
  • Wholeheartedly welcome new residents and businesses 
  • Continually act on these established policies
  • Refuse to tolerate bigotry, racism and sexism

Implement solutions for homelessness

Accept leadership responsibility and lead the City Council to address the growing homeless population.

  • Implement solutions for our homeless citizens in conjunction with Deschutes County Emergency Homelessness Task Force, local non-profit agencies and hundreds of local volunteers.
  • Address the impact of not acknowledging the increasing number of homeless encampments throughout the City.

Increase public safety in public spaces and add bike patrols

Improve public safety throughout Redmond

  • Increase the presence of Police Cadet Bike Patrols in the Dry Canyon and downtown
  • Implement appropriate measures to address speeding on local streets
  • Work with the Police Department and Parks and Recreation to solidify continual safety improvements in parks and public spaces

Build new family activity center downtown

Add a year round activity center in a convenient downtown location

  • Utilize funds from the Downtown Urban Renewal District to establish a family fun center downtown 
  • Include bowling, go carts, arcade and other activities that appeal to families and adults alike 

Open dialogue at Redmond City Council Meetings

Discuss ALL issues of concern to the community at City Council meetings consistent with an open dialogue process.  In the past few years, the City Council has refused to discuss certain issues despite requests from many citizens.  These include:

  • Allow marijuana dispensaries in strategic locations to provide tax revenue to the City as well as reasonable access to legalized marijuana products for adults in Redmond and the surrounding area.
  • Prohibit Nazi and Confederate flags in City of Redmond or Chamber of Redmond sponsored events.
  • Discuss issues brought forth from the community at City Council meetings.
  • Determine the best policies for the City of Redmond and its citizens.

Ease traffic congestion and increase roadway safety

Enhance safety on existing roadways by installing speed control measures, bike lanes and improving the South Highway 97 corridor.

  • Continue with planned improvements to the South Highway 97 corridor.
  • Improve East / West connectivity in Redmond with one or two grade separated crossings of the railroad tracks.
  • Add bike lanes and analyze traffic to reduce speeding on local, collector and arterial streets such as Helmholtz, Highland Avenue and 27th Street.
  • Plan and implement an alternate route on the East side of the railroad tracks.
    • The alternate route would follow the existing corridor of Airport Way through the old Juniper Golf Course, then North on NE 9th Street to its North terminus; then to a location at or near O’Neil / Highway 97 junction. This will insure the existing Highway 97 route will function well into the future instead of failing under increasingly heavy use.

Enhance public safety in parks and public spaces

Improve public safety throughout Redmond

  • Increase the presence of Police Cadet Bike Patrols in the Dry Canyon and downtown
  • Implement appropriate measures to address speeding on local streets
  • Work with the Police Department and Parks and Recreation to solidify continual safety improvements in parks and public spaces

Implement solutions for homelessness

Accept leadership responsibility and lead the City Council to address the growing homeless population.

  • Implement solutions for our homeless citizens in conjunction with Deschutes County Emergency Homelessness Task Force, local non-profit agencies and hundreds of local volunteers.
  • Address the impact of not acknowledging the increasing number of homeless encampments throughout the City.

Address school safety and incident response

Coordinate school safety between schools, Redmond Police and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s office to insure the most current and best practices are implemented in each school to keep Redmond’s children as safe as possible.

    • Public discussion on this topic requested for the September 13th City Council meeting 
    • Include Redmond Police Department, Deschutes County Sheriff and Redmond School Board 
    • Engage the Redmond community as a whole to keep our schools as safe as possible

Protect and create livable neighborhoods

Prioritize and protect the livability of all neighborhoods.

    • Address sidewalk maintenance, replacement or installation in older parts of town
    • Add bike lanes within the city and residential neighborhoods to protect cyclists
    • Review and address recent Oregon State legislation (HB 2001) which could compromise the integrity of existing neighborhoods if not implemented with careful consideration to minimize negative impacts.
    • Continue with efforts to provide affordable housing not only in Redmond but throughout Central Oregon

Build a downtown activity center

Add a year round activity center in a convenient downtown location

  • Utilize funds from the Downtown Urban Renewal District to establish a family fun center downtown 
  • Include bowling, go carts, arcade and other activities that appeal to families and adults alike 

Actively promote diversity and inclusion

Lead by example with action to ensure all residents feel welcome

  • Implement the action plan in the City of Redmond’s Diversity and Inclusion policies
  • Wholeheartedly welcome new residents and businesses 
  • Continually act on these established policies
  • Refuse to tolerate bigotry, racism and sexism

Background

I was born and raised in a family of thirteen, just outside of Chicago, Illinois.  I attended Marquette University, earning both a Bachelors and Masters in History.  In 1975, I moved to Oregon and in 1978, I obtained my law degree from Willamette Law School.  In 1979, I came to Redmond where I served the City of Redmond as the City Attorney and the Assistant City Attorney for Bend.  

In 1983, I joined Bryant Emerson Fitch, and that same year, married Susan Allison. Together, we raised two sons, Alex and Andrew.  I continued to serve as Redmond City Attorney until 1996.  In both 1998 and 2000, I was elected Mayor for the City of Redmond.

Since 2001, I have served as the Chair of the Redmond Development Commission, President of the Redmond Executive Association.  From 2013 to 2018, I was an active participant in the South Highway 97 Committee.  In 2020, I was elected to the Redmond City Council where I currently serve our community.

Redmond has been my home, the place we raised our children and where I have served in both a public and private capacity for over 40 years. I appreciate the opportunity to serve on the City Council again.

As Mayor, I will strive to make Redmond a community in which all of our citizens feel welcomed and appreciated.

 

Redmond, Oregon

A growing city, friendly to business, welcoming of visitors and solid for its citizens.

Background

I was born and raised in a family of thirteen, just outside of Chicago, Illinois.  I attended Marquette University, earning both a Bachelors and Masters in History.  In 1975, I moved to Oregon and in 1978, I obtained my law degree from Willamette Law School.  In 1979, I came to Redmond where I served the City of Redmond as the City Attorney and the Assistant City Attorney for Bend.  

In 1983, I joined Bryant Emerson Fitch, and that same year, married Susan Allison. Together, we raised two sons, Alex and Andrew.  I continued to serve as Redmond City Attorney until 1996.  In both 1998 and 2000, I was elected Mayor for the City of Redmond.

Since 2001, I have served as the Chair of the Redmond Development Commission, President of the Redmond Executive Association.  From 2013 to 2018, I was an active participant in the South Highway 97 Committee.  In 2020, I was elected to the Redmond City Council where I currently serve our community.

Redmond has been my home, the place we raised our children and where I have served in both a public and private capacity for over 40 years. I appreciate the opportunity to serve on the City Council again.

As Mayor, I will strive to make Redmond a community in which all of our citizens feel welcomed and appreciated.

 

Education and Qualifications

1975 – Bachelor of Arts & Masters in History
Marquette University

1978 – Juris Doctorate
Willamette Law School

1979 – 1996 – Attorney
City of Redmond, OR

1983 – 2012 – Partner
Bryant, Emerson & Fitch, LLP

1999 – 2001 – Mayor
City of Redmond, OR

2010 – 2013 – Chairman
Redmond Development Commission

2012 – 2018 – Senior Partner
Fitch Law Group, LLP

2013 – 2018 – Member
South Highway 97 Advisory Committee

2013 – 2018 – Board Member
Redmond Executive Association

2021 – Present – City Council Member
Redmond City Council

 

Leadership Solutions

To forge a consensus as we advance Redmond’s interests in its transportation corridor, grow a vibrant business sector, enhance the quality of our neighborhoods and draw tourism dollars into our community.

Education and Qualifications

1975 – Bachelor of Arts & Masters in History
Marquette University

1978 – Juris Doctorate
Willamette Law School

1979 – 1996 – Attorney
City of Redmond, OR

1983 – 2012 – Partner
Bryant, Emerson & Fitch, LLP

1999 – 2001 – Mayor
City of Redmond, OR

2010 – 2013 – Chairman
Redmond Development Commission

2012 – 2018 – Senior Partner
Fitch Law Group, LLP

2013 – 2018 – Member
South Highway 97 Advisory Committee

2013 – 2018 – Board Member
Redmond Executive Association

2021 – Present – City Council Member
Redmond City Council

 

1975 – Bachelor of Arts & Masters in History
Marquette University

1978 – Juris Doctorate
Willamette Law School

1979 – 1996 – Attorney
City of Redmond, OR

1983 – 2012 – Partner
Bryant, Emerson & Fitch, LLP

1999 – 2001 – Mayor
City of Redmond, OR

2010 – 2013 – Chairman
Redmond Development Commission

2012 – 2018 – Senior Partner
Fitch Law Group, LLP

2013 – 2018 – Member
South Highway 97 Advisory Committee

2013 – 2018 – Board Member
Redmond Executive Association

2021 – Present – City Council Member
Redmond City Council

 

“I really push to have a Council and the City to dedicate more funds for construction of sidewalks, particularly in our older neighborhoods. To have elderly people or children that have to walk in streets is neither appropriate or safe. The more we can do to implement sidewalks in these neighborhoods, the more you get a neighborhood feel and neighborhood communication between people. It just makes life a lot better.”

“We have a growing and diverse population. We have a large number of Hispanics who live here and people of color are here now who were not here 30 or 40 years ago. And, in my opinion, we have not adequately addressed that. We have a city hall that still conveys a white-only message when you go in there. It only has photographs of white students in school who were in there 40, 50, 60 years. We can make it a more inviting and more dynamic city hall by portraying the past, present and future ambitions of our city on the interior of City Hall.”

“The thing that we need to do is make sure we steer our community in a very positive direction. 95% of what we do is really just common sense, to try to make things better for our community. We need to take a common sense and inclusive approach and make sure that all our citizens feel that they are being treated the same way and are respected.”

“We should have a more open approach toward discussion and be more inclusive than what we have seen in the last couple of years. We don’t have that open space, we don’t have that open discussion, we don’t have that open agenda. We should have them on the agenda for discussion. That is a more healthy approach so that no one feels their voice is not being heard.”

“I am so impressed by the number of people in our community who go out of their way to volunteer their time and their resources to help those who are less fortunate. And, as a city, we need to help these people, to put them in a position where they can do it so much more effectively.”

“I really push to have a Council and the City to dedicate more funds for construction of sidewalks, particularly in our older neighborhoods. To have elderly people or children that have to walk in streets is neither appropriate or safe. The more we can do to implement sidewalks in these neighborhoods, the more you get a neighborhood feel and neighborhood communication between people. It just makes life a lot better.”

“We have a growing and diverse population. We have a large number of Hispanics who live here and people of color are here now who were not here 30 or 40 years ago. And, in my opinion, we have not adequately addressed that. We have a city hall that still conveys a white-only message when you go in there. It only has photographs of white students in school who were in there 40, 50, 60 years. We can make it a more inviting and more dynamic city hall by portraying the past, present and future ambitions of our city on the interior of City Hall.”

“The thing that we need to do is make sure we steer our community in a very positive direction. 95% of what we do is really just common sense, to try to make things better for our community. We need to take a common sense and inclusive approach and make sure that all our citizens feel that they are being treated the same way and are respected.”

“We should have a more open approach toward discussion and be more inclusive than what we have seen in the last couple of years. We don’t have that open space, we don’t have that open discussion, we don’t have that open agenda. We should have them on the agenda for discussion. That is a more healthy approach so that no one feels their voice is not being heard.”

“I am so impressed by the number of people in our community who go out of their way to volunteer their time and their resources to help those who are less fortunate. And, as a city, we need to help these people, to put them in a position where they can do it so much more effectively.”

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Areas of Interest

Your contributions to the Ed Fitch for Redmond Mayor 2022 campaign are highly valued and greatly appreciated. To prevent any appearance of undue influence, this mayoral campaign chooses not to accept any campaign contributions over $1,000. Thank you.

Campaign contribution checks can be dropped off or sent to:

Ed Fitch For Mayor
210 SW 5th Street Redmond OR 97756

~ The Fitch For Mayor Campaign Committee

Photo Credit and attribution: City Of Redmond Oregon

Contact Our Campaign

We are happy to answer questions, provide campaign lawn signs or discuss submitting an endorsement.

Email or call us to ask questions or become a campaign volunteer

Areas of Interest

Your contributions to the Ed Fitch for Redmond Mayor 2022 campaign are highly valued and greatly appreciated. To prevent any appearance of undue influence, this mayoral campaign chooses not to accept any campaign contributions over $1,000. Thank you.

Campaign contribution checks can be dropped off or sent to:

Ed Fitch For Mayor
210 SW 5th Street Redmond OR 97756

~ The Fitch For Mayor Campaign Committee

Photo Credit and attribution: City Of Redmond Oregon

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