Micah Fletcher, MAX stabbing victim, wins seat on Montavilla Neighborhood Assoc. Board
Micah Fletcher, who survived the MAX train stabbing attack last May, ran for the Montavilla Neighborhood Association Board and, according to preliminary results from Monday night's election, he has won a seat.
In his candidate submission, the 21-year-old said he is “Tired of sitting by and letting the world turn without getting involved in how its (sic) going to turn.”
Fletcher said he wants to help make the neighborhood safer.
He plans to advocate for an anti-racist neighborhood watch and work on a real solution to the homeless situation in the neighborhood.
"This is our neighbors, and when I hear that all of a sudden there's catfighting, dogfighting and we are turning on one another over an ideology, something as simple as something written in a book, that is unacceptable. We live in tremendous times, folks, we don't have time for it. We have to stand together," he told a packed crowd Monday night.
Fletcher was one of the three men who stepped in to protect the two girls being harassed on the MAX on May 27. Police said Jeremy Christian stabbed the men, killing two and seriously wounding Fletcher.
Fletcher’s neck was slashed, missing a main artery by just millimeters.
All residents ages 18 and older are eligible to run for the position.
The board meeting started at 6 p.m. Monday and the election took place at 7 p.m. at the Montavilla United Methodist Church.
In total, 22 candidates ran for 11 positions. The election committee told KATU News about 250 people cast their ballots.
There was a line to get into the meeting and standing room only inside the church.
The neighborhood association has made some controversial decisions recently. People said they're concerned about the homeless, drug use and decisions made by the association.
"There's been kind of a growing drama about the neighborhood. I love this neighborhood. I don't like drama and so I'm here to learn about the election and try and keep the neighborhood like it is," said Louise Hoff.
Most residents KATU spoke with said they did not attend the meeting just because Fletcher was there. Hoff said she attended because she wants to be involved.
"There's just been growing conflict between some of the neighbors about how to approach different issues that are coming up in the community."