October 11, 2002 11:00 pm

Editor's note: This is the last in a series of three articles on the contested

La Grande City Council races in the Nov. 5 election.

By Ray Linker

Observer Staff Writer

Mary Ann Miesner feels she has the leadership skills as well as the time and energy to serve on the La Grande City Council.

She is challenging incumbent Joel Goldstein for a four-year term in the Nov. 5 election.

Both candidates have stressed their desire to see that the city's quality of life is kept high. "I can be a valuable council member who will be impartial, open-minded and willing to devote the time and energy to making informed decisions," Miesner said.

Goldstein points to the council's accomplishments during his last four years in Position 6 on the council, and to future


"We've done a lot of things, and there are a lot of things in the works." He points to the opening of the new fire station, expansion of the wastewater treatment plant, purchase of land for a business park, the success of the urban forestry program as things he's been involved in.

"I'm happy about the prospect of a new library. And the urban renewal district and historical district will give impetus for us to see a lot of things happening downtown," Goldstein said.

Goldstein, a licensed clinical social worker and child family specialist who works in the

La Grande School District for the Union/Baker Education Service District, said he is "committed to maintaining the quality of life we all love while at the same time inviting businesses to join us who will provide

family-wage jobs."

He has been involved in numerous community activities, most focusing on children

and families, feeling that community service is a part of being a good citizen.

Miesner, too, has been involved with numerous youth-related activities, including serving as a director the last four years on the 24-Hour Relay.

She is a member of the La Grande School Board and on several city advisory commissions, including the budget committee and the Urban Renewal Advisory Commission. She was elected to the school board to serve from 1982-1999 and then in February she was appointed to fill out a vacated position which expires in July. She served on the school district budget committee from 1979 to 1982.

"My goal as a council member is to maintain the quality of life that the citizens of La Grande currently enjoy while encouraging and promoting reasonable growth in order to attract businesses that offer family-wage employment."

Miesner is the vocational director/instructor at the Training and Employment Consortium in the Career Enhancement Center.

Miesner graduated from Northwest Business College and took various computer, business and accounting classes at Eastern Oregon University.

Goldstein graduated from Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, and earned a masters from the University of Washington.