Terry Clinkenbeard wants people driving in the Imbler area to ease up on their accelerators.
“I see people speeding through school zones all the time. I’m concerned about the safety of our kids,” said Clinkenbeard, one of two candidates for Position 5 on the Imbler City Council.
He said he has seen disturbing speeding violations on Dry Creek Road on the west outskirts of Imbler where he lives. His home is near a school zone in which vehicles are supposed to slow down, but frequently do not, he said.
The city council candidate said it is critical society does everything it can to protect children from hazards.
“If we do not have kids we do not have a future,” said Clinkenbeard, who asked a photograph not be run with this story.
Clinkenbeard said the speeding problem is not restricted to school zones. He said he has seen people drive twice the speed limit in non-school zones.
“People just fly by,” he said.
The main street in downtown Imbler is also Highway 82, and Clinkenbeard said many of the speeders he has witnessed are truck drivers. He often reports their driving to the companies they work for, which he said seems to get the message across. Some of the truckers have responded and slowed down within city limits, but many fall back into old habits.
“They slow down at first but after awhile they are back to driving as fast as they did before,” Clinkenbeard said.
If elected, the candidate said he would try to get law enforcement officers from the Union County Sheriff’s Office and Oregon State Police to spend more time in the Imbler area checking for speeders.
Clinkenbeard, who has lived in Imbler for several decades, owns and operates a company that provides pilot cars for trucks transporting large loads. The pilot cars drive ahead of oversize loads with signs warning people driving in the opposite direction.
Clinkenbeard previously worked in the logging industry for 20 years and then in the concrete business for about seven years.
The candidate said he would bring a citizen’s perspective to the council.
“I’m not a politician,” he said. “I’m just a regular guy who wants what is best for Imbler.”
Clinkenbeard is running against Teressa Dewey for Position 5. The Position 5 incumbent, Herman Ortman, did not file for re-election.
A total of six positions are up for election on the Imbler City Council, but Position 5 is its only contested race. Incumbents who will run uncontested are Mayor Mike McClean and councilors Jason Berglund (Position 1), Joan Harding (Position 2) and (Rick Vicek), Position 3. Non-Incumbent Bob Trotter will run unopposed for Position 6.
Ballots for the Nov. 6 election will be mailed Oct. 17.