I’m Oliver Tatom, a registered nurse and licensed paramedic running to bring my experience as a healthcare leader to the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners.
I grew up in rural Deschutes County southeast of Bend and experienced first-hand the profound change brought by rapid regional growth.
Much of that change has been good: A more robust economy with opportunities to find meaningful work and a richer diversity of people with a varied experiences and abilities. This is why my wife Amy and I chose to return to Central Oregon in 2014 and raise our children here.
However, not all change is progress. In my professional and volunteer work, I bear daily witness to the suffering of those left behind by our county’s growth. We can – and must – grow together to promote healthy families and safe communities.
This is why I am running for Deschutes County Commissioner.