My name is Beth Wytoski and I hope to earn your support and your vote for Yamhill County Commissioner, seat 1. I have a personal stake in seeing this county thrive. I am a fourth-generation resident with many family members and friends living, working, and being educated in the area. My family has operated a nursery, Alderbrook Gardens, outside of Dayton, since 1935, which provided my earliest jobs and first earned money. My sincere desire is that the county’s land use, economic development, and planning processes allow it to continue in operation for many years to come. Most importantly, I am a mother of three daughters currently enrolled in Dayton public schools. I hope to make this a home they want to come back to, to live and raise their future families. I want them and their peers around the county to have the best chance in life which requires stable, honest, compassionate people to lead with integrity.
I have been a community volunteer since I was a teenager, starting with the establishment of Dayton’s local tree lighting and first participating in and later running the community parade. I fell in love with the idea of public service after a job shadow with then-Governor John Kitzhaber when I was able to “work” in the capitol for a day. To pursue this goal, I earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Oregon with minors in History and Music. I was also a 4-year member of the Oregon Marching Band, where I met my husband. Both of us are trumpet players and enthusiastic supporters of music programs. After we wed, we moved to my hometown of Dayton where I was soon elected, as a write-in candidate, to our City Council. A few years later I became Council President before being appointed and shortly after, elected to Mayor. I have been on the Dayton City Council for almost 15 year with 8 years as Mayor. This experience has prepared me well to serve as a County Commissioner as I have been a part of property acquisitions, park developments, major infrastructure projects, state and federal agency partnerships, policy overhauls, water and sewer improvements, street and sidewalk projects, emergency planning, and negotiations of many contracts and municipal code updates. My first year as Mayor, I immediately joined the Oregon Mayors Association, which brings together all 241 Mayors for networking, training, and advocacy. I have now been a trainer for multiple years and served as the 2021 President, also earning the statewide Leadership Award. This role was integral in tuning my ability to mediate and unify diverse voices to accomplish shared goals. We are better together! I was also on the Board of Directors for YCAP for 6 years, serving as Chair for 3 which provided me a deep understanding of the struggles of our most vulnerable populations and potential solutions the county could pursue, especially those related to addressing hunger, homeslessness, and energy assistance.