Charles is a local leader, who has been involved in politics in the Corvallis community for almost a decade. Starting as a volunteer for the Corvallis for Bernie Sanders Campaign, he has put in countless hours fighting for progressive change. In 2018 Charles was elected to the Corvallis City Council and has served Ward 2 since 2019.
Charles is currently a Compliance Analyst for Oregon Housing and Community Services, which is responsible for development and oversight of affordable housing projects throughout Oregon. Prior to this position, he was the manager at the Julian Hotel, which provides affordable housing for seniors and persons with disabilities.
Charles is a member of the Executive Committee of the Home Opportunity Planning and Equity Advisory Board (HOPE), a joint effort between the City of Corvallis and Benton County to facilitate a comprehensive coordinated response to address housing and homelessness. All of this experience makes Charles uniquely qualified to pursue action in our community to address affordable housing and houselessness.
He served on the Community Relations Advisory Board, the SouthTown Steering Committee, and is Chair of the SouthTown Urban Renewal District Budget Committee. He serves as the vice chair of the Benton County Democrats, and remains a key member of Our Revolution-Corvallis Allies. His involvement is inspired by Bernie Sanders’ philosophy of “Change comes from the bottom up” and Charles is committed to listening to ALL voices in the community.
Charles is passionate about creating a sustainable Corvallis. He has supported efforts to move the city to a net-zero municipal carbon footprint. Due in part to his advocacy for strengthening the Strategic Operational Plan,(section S-8 B) and the hard work of city staff to reach those goals, Corvallis’s municipal buildings will be powered by 100% renewables by 2023, 7 years ahead of schedule. He also actively supports efforts to install more charging stations for electric vehicles, convert the transit fleet to electric and other strategies for greenhouse gas reduction. Charles is intent upon making Corvallis a model community for sustainability and resiliency.
Charles is a husband, father, grandfather, activist and friend. He currently lives in south Corvallis, with his wife Holly, their youngest child Charlie, and dog and cat, Bowie and Bug.