DeBoer pledges to work with students, focus on public transportation if elected mayor

Mayoral candidate Alan DeBoer addressed SOU students last week at a public forum in the Stevenson Union courtyard.

Alan DeBoer has been a part of the Ashland community his entire life, and is now hoping to continue his commitment to the city by serving as mayor.

DeBoer is no stranger to this is a position, having served as mayor from 2001 to 2004.

During his pervious time as mayor DeBoer made a point of attending Southern Oregon University student government meetings to interact with students, a gesture he would like to continue. He also spoke at the candidate forum held on Oct. 15 at SOU where he discussed his hope to work with the students.

DeBoer said he particularly wants to encourage student involvement with city government, and would like to find out what the city can do for students in return.

In addition to encouraging student interaction with government, as mayor DeBoer plans to focus on improvements to public transportation, running the city efficiently and being reactive to citizen’s concerns.

DeBoer’s has been married to wife Rebecca for 40 years and together they have two children and five grandchildren. Their daughter, Holly, and her husband are Southern Oregon University graduates.

“I’m not really a politician,” said DeBoer. “I’m a person that grew [up] here.”

DeBoer has a long history with the automotive industry, being involved with various businesses such as Lithia Motors, Valley Chevrolet, Southern Oregon Subaru, Town and Country Chevrolet and Airport Chevrolet since 1968. He currently owns TC Chevrolet with his son, Derek.

Along with his business experience DeBoer has worked with the Medford Parking Commission, Ashland YMCA, Ashland School District Board, Ashland Rotary, Ashland City Council, and Southern Oregon University Advisory Board. He currently serves for the National Auto Dealers Association Foundation as well as Ashland Rotary, Ashland Airport Commission, Oregon Auto Dealers Association Board, Mt. Ashland Ski Association, Rogue Valley Area Commission on Transportation and Ashland Community Hospital Board.

Read the Siskiyou’s profiles on Ashland mayoral candidates John Stromberg and Michael “Biome” Erickson.

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