I always knew about Phillip Houk because of all his volunteer work throughout our community during the late 1970s and 1980s. In 1995, I was appointed to a committee called the City Hall/Library Oversight committee.

It was made up of several talented community members. Our challenge was to hire an architect to design what the old condemned junior high school should turn into, hire the contractor to get us there, and finally be sure we were able to stay within a very tight budget.

We knew we were going to have lots of public input and wishes from every department about how and where things should go. We knew these meetings would be difficult at times. Phillip did not seek the position, but it was unanimous among the committee that he would be best to lead us through the process due to his education, experience and construction background.

We were so right.

Phillip listened to the public in a genuine way and we contributed what we could. He reminded us to work extremely hard to meet every deadline and keep the budget in mind. It was an honor to work with someone who is so talented, knowledgeable and respected by our citizens.

Phillip has demonstrated to me his ability to get things done in a professional and long lasting way. He has demonstrated to me the true respect he has for our citizens and why we really need a proven leader focused on our future. Vote, Phillip Houk for Pendleton mayor.

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