Brennan Colberg for Corvallis City Council

About

I'm a software engineer, writer, small business owner, and (expecting) father, and have lived in Corvallis since 2019. I started attending and running my mouth at city council meetings about a year ago, and quickly learned that you can't do that for long without being recruited to bear the torch yourself.

Since I can remember, I've been fascinated with the smooth and efficient functioning of complex systems, with particular regard to business and technology. I hope to put that expertise to use on City Council by eliminating roadblocks to the enjoyability of constituents' lives and a strong local economy.

Endorsements

Issues

I believe that most problems that Corvallisites care about can be solved simultaneously by increasing housing production (especially in the downtown and near-campus areas). This will (1) reduce the cost of living, (2) increase the quality of dwellings, (3) create well-paying jobs, (4) increase land values, (5) force fewer people into homelessness, (6) reduce traffic, and so forth. Ideally we do this without spending money, through regulatory + zoning reform and streamlining wherever possible.

The rest of the problems we face can be solved in various ways by increased government spending (infrastructure upgrades, stronger public services, &c), which requires increasing government revenue, which we ideally do by growing the economic pie around here instead of whacking existing citizens harder like sad, overstressed piƱatas. Most notably, Corvallis should seek to change its "business-unfriendly" reputation; among other things, we should make it possible for people who actively want to invest hundreds of millions of dollars of capital in our community to do so. Making it actively pleasant to invest money on our land and in our citizens would be nice, but can come later.

Governing Philosophy

I am a firm believer in the trustee model of representative democracy: if you elect me, I will govern according to my own judgement of the best interests of my constituents, and they will replace me if they don't like the result. Putting random questions to all citizens directly is bad for three reasons: (1) it's a waste of their time, (2) they have less context with which to judge, and (3) the habit of delegation enables shirking of the responsibility that representatives should feel for the successes (and, more importantly, failures!) of the government they lead.

Politically, I identify as a conservative liberal , which displeases everyone a little bit. What this means in practice is that I view the market as the primary driver of human activity, and the proper role of the government as narrow: it should keep records (like birth and marriage certificates); play "referee" in the market (enforcing contracts and punishing things like false advertising); tax people lightly, fairly, and with healthy incentives; spend to solve collective action problems (such as building roads or operating a fire department); and do this all as efficiently as possible. Our liberal republic is a fantastic architecture; we should defend its structure against radical change, while being clear-eyed about its flaws so that we can dart in and fix imperfections as they arise.

Contact / Donate / Volunteer / etc

You can reach me at vote@brennancolberg.com about any or all campaign matters. (I haven't set up a donation page because I don't expect much interest or need. But I'm happy to accept if you're happy to give; just let me know!)


This website is paid for by... nobody. I coded it myself and it is hosted for free (because it is so simple). This is the kind of approach I plan to use to govern.