Metro Councilor, 5th District
MICHAEL (micro) W DURROW
OCCUPATION: I am currently a paralegal student.
OCCUPATIONAL BACKGROUND: a photographer, a videographer, software developer and network-engineering consultant on a $3.5M grant for the Portland Development Commission.
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: Jefferson HS; Reed University and PCC. I earned two network-engineering certifications (CCNA+CCDA), and a real-estate license.
PRIOR GOVERNMENTAL EXPERIENCE: multiple student councils at PCC, working elections (1984-present), election worker, unpaid poll watcher, a precinct committee-person and numerous local committees.
My father’s family settled in NE Portland just after WWII. An NCO in the USAF, he met my mum during a tour of duty in Germany. So, I was born American, but I started out speaking Danish. We first transferred stateside in October 1967: I was almost two and it was just after the Supreme Court ruling in “Loving v Virginia” made it unconstitutional to prohibit interracial marriages.
In 1980, a we settled in Portland. Times haven’t always been easy. My family has worked hard and been very fortunate. Today, my brother’s a network security engineer, my sister became a lawyer and later an author; mum continues to work past retirement age out of love for her community.
Metro’s charter is to manage the Urban Growth Boundary, urban-planning, waste, recycling, parks and transportation. These functions make Metro ideal to further promote conservation and sustainability.
I will work to maintain the current Urban Growth Boundry. I will speak up for the right of the occupants of North Portland NOT to be continually dumped upon with projects like the expanded waste-management project planned near Lents. I will fight to scale down or stop the Columbia River Crossing. And I will fight for more green spaces, including: the Willamette Greenway.
Remember: These politicians aren’t your bosses: they work for you. Just because we always did something one way doesn’t mean we can’t change tomorrow.
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better.” - Dr. Seuss, “The Lorax”