Stromberg encourages students to participate in local government

Mayor John Stromberg, left, with Jason Pennell from ASSOU.

For the past four years John Stromberg has served as mayor for the city of Ashland and is currently running for re-election.

If re-elected, Stromberg hopes to build a relationship between local government and Associated Students of Southern Oregon University.

He encouraged students interested in openings on local commissions to search for job postings on the city’s website or contact him directly to potentially become a student representative position.

Stromberg has also come to campus in the past if invited for class discussions and is willing to continue the practice.

For student involvement Stromberg identified several potential areas of interest, including “…public transportation, entertainment, food and shopping opportunities for students, even internships.”

Stromberg address students and community members at a recent candidate forum at the Stevenson Union.

“I’ve been involved in examples of all of those in my 8 years in Ashland government and have enjoyed greatly the interaction with SOU students.”

As mayor, Stromberg has worked with councilors to establish “fact bases” to provide a frame of reference for citizens and other councilors on complex issues, and has allowed individuals and organizations around Ashland involved with sustainability to make use of the monthly “Town Hall” show on RVTV. He has worked with various organizations throughout the city in order to build connections and increase cooperation and coordination within the community.

Stromberg moved to Ashland in 2000 after living in Eugene for 14 years. He has been married for 24 years and has two daughters and three grandchildren.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Stromberg went to school in California and has a degree in physics, a master’s degree in statistics and a doctorate in business administration. Over the course of his career Stromberg has worked as an organization and management consultant for various companies as well as working with small businesses, start-ups and social service non- profits.

When in Eugene, Stromberg was a leader in a group that helped prevent the public art gallery from being shut down due to budget cuts. During his time in Ashland Stromberg served for four years on the Ashland Planning Commission, which included two terms as commission chair in addition to his time as mayor.

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

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