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Jack Zika Statement on Bend/Redmond Affordable Housing Competition

Redmond, Ore. – Oregon House District 53 candidate Jack Zika issued the following statement regarding Bend and Redmond’s competition to qualify for a state program to expedite development of affordable housing outside the cities’ respective urban growth boundaries.

“The need for more affordable housing is one of the biggest problems facing Central Oregon families,” Zika said. “Both Bend and Redmond lack quality housing that is affordable for many residents. The fact that our two cities have to compete so that only one of them can add more housing is infuriating. As State Representative, my top priority will be cutting Oregon’s tangle of red tape to give all communities more flexibility to add much-needed housing.”

Zika is a member of the Redmond Planning Commission and owns a small real estate business in Redmond.

House District 53 includes the communities of Redmond, Tumalo, Sunriver, and portions of Bend and unincorporated Deschutes County.

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