Melanie Kebler

Candidate for Mayor

Check out Melanie’s recent TV ad:

Melanie Kebler

Building a better Bend for all of us.

Check out Melanie’s recent TV ad:

Bold leadership for the challenging times ahead.

I’m running for mayor because I care deeply about our city, and I want to create a sustainable future for Bend. Years of public service, as well as my time already serving as your Councilor, have shown me that we need strong leadership in the mayor’s role to meet the challenges our city faces as we grow.

Whether you rent your home or own it, whether you have always lived here or moved here recently, and no matter your age or your background, everyone deserves the opportunity to thrive in Bend. We must work together on effective solutions while leaning on our strength as a community that knows how to adapt and evolve. I’m ready to lead our city in that work.

Elected leaders support Melanie:

Jason Kropf, State Representative

Phil Chang, Deschutes County Commissioner

Bend Mayor Gena Goodman-Campbell

Bend Mayor Pro Tem Anthony Broadman

Bend City Councilors Megan Perkins, Barb Campbell, Stephen Sehgal, and Mo Mitchell

Deb Schoen, Bend Parks and Rec Board Chair

Nathan Hovekamp, Bend Parks and Rec Board Vice Chair

Ariel Méndez, Bend Parks and Rec Board Member

Melissa Barnes Dholakia, Bend-La Pine School Board Chair

Marcus LeGrand, Bend-La Pine School Board Vice Chair

Alan Unger, Former Mayor of Redmond

Rita Schenkelberg, Former Bend City Councilor

Judy Stiegler, Former State Representative

Mike Dugan, Former Deschutes County District Attorney

Community leaders support Melanie:

Jamie McLeod-Skinner, Candidate for Congressional District 5

Ruth Williamson, Community Leader

Erick Petersen, Local Entrepreneur

Mike Riley, Environmental Advocate

Roger Worthington, Founder, Worthy Brewing

Brian Ladd, The Ladd Group

John Gilbert, Affordable Housing Developer

Alison Hohengarten, Local Attorney

Kathy Austin, Architect

Mandy and John Butera, Small Business Owners, Wren and Wild

Angela Chisum, Small Business Owner

Patricia Nelson, Local Attorney, Owner, Two Spruce Law

Mario Riquelme, Local Attorney

Robert Brazeau, Local Attorney, Mediator

Phil Garrow, Local Attorney

Linda Heisserman, Massage Therapist

Alison Lynch Miller, Physician

Emilie Cortes, Bend Budget Committee Member

Paul Dewey, Land Use Attorney

Alex Joyce, Cascadia Partners

Ida Nyberg, Teacher

Peter Geiser, Environmental Advocate

Meet Melanie

When I was growing up in Bend it was still a small city. By the time I graduated from Bend Senior High, I had already watched our city grow and change.

After college in Michigan, I returned to Oregon for law school at Lewis & Clark. I couldn’t stay away from the Pacific Northwest for long.

I began my career in public service as a state prosecutor, where I saw the barriers crime victims faced getting justice in our legal system. That led me to become a victims’ rights attorney for the non-profit Oregon Crime Victims Law Center in Portland.

When the opportunity arose to transfer to Bend, I was thrilled at the chance to raise my daughter in the beautiful town where I grew up. In 2020, I was honored to be elected to the City Council.

In my career so far, I’ve learned to listen to all voices, not just those I agree with. I’ve also learned the power of cooperation and collaboration.

Those skills have helped me collaborate with fellow City Councilors over the last year. We’ve worked to take on the housing crisis, invest in equity and inclusion, start work on safer, more connected ways to get around town, take a strong stance on protection of our environment, and plan for a safer and more sustainable future.

I’m proud of the progress we’ve made. As a candidate to become your mayor, I stand ready to tackle the challenges and embrace the opportunities Bend will encounter in the coming years.

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