Ascending from her seat as City Commissioner, Rachel Lyles-Smith was Oregon City’s clear choice for Mayor in its March 9th special election. Mayor-elect Lyles-Smith has a deep understanding of land use and came to politics from the Department of Land Conservation and Development. A pragmatic leader steeped in zoning policy, she consistently demonstrates a sophisticated understanding of the housing industry. First elected in 2018 as a Commissioner and in 2020 as Commission President, Lyles-Smith deftly maneuvered one of the most challenging years on record, facilitating collaboration with her fellow commissioners. With a strong track record and a balanced mindset, she is well-positioned to lead the city in addressing the underlying roots of its housing crisis and ensuring that Oregon’s historic city provides a diverse array of housing choices.