Posted on December 9, 2010
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In November, former Hillsboro Mayor Tom Hughes squeeked out about 1,000 votes more than opponent and former 1000 Friends of Oregon Executive Director Bob Stacey, becoming Metro Council president, a job that wields tremendous influence over the tri-county area's growth and economy.
With the region facing a chronically soggy economy, Hughes has put his sights squarely on job creation and reviving the economy. To get a sense of what Hughes wants to do with the position as top elected official for the region, the Portland Observer sat down with him to discuss the challenges of minority populations, the potential impact of the Columbia River Crossing on North and Northeast Portland, and other topics.