Andy Duyck is a Washington County native, born in Hillsboro and raised on his family’s farm just outside of the city. Edmund and Gertrude Duyck, Andy’s parents, began farming corn, strawberries, wheat, and clover in the 1950s on the family farm where all ten of their children were raised.
Andy earned his degree in machine technologies from Portland Community College after graduating from Hillsboro High School. His first job out of college was as a machinist for OMET and Forest Grove Iron. In 1983, he founded Duyck Machine, Inc., a small manufacturing business that still exists today. Coming from a humble beginning, Andy didn’t have the resources to hire full-time staff. Instead, his family invested every spare penny they had into the business. The hard work paid off. Today, the small business has more than 20 employees.
On a spring afternoon in 1994, Andy and a colleague were discussing the challenges of navigating through the complicated county and state tax code for their business. When Andy suggested that someone should do something to make it easier to understand, his business associate pointed out that the filing deadline for the County Commissioner election was the following day and suggested that he should run. Realizing that nothing would change without someone stepping up to make a difference, Andy went to the courthouse to file to run for office.
Andy’s first election was a complete grassroots effort. Without a professional campaign team and limited resources to run against a candidate who had been preparing for months, Andy and his family spent most weekday evenings and weekends crafting lawn signs and knocking on doors. His first campaign was a testament to how Andy can maximize minimal resources to produce a winning result. This has been the guiding principle for Andy in his politics, governing and personal life.
Having built a successful business, Andy has worked to make Washington County more effective and efficient by creating a business climate that is conducive to growth and a user-friendly government. The business environment in Washington County is the strongest in the state because its leaders have continually supported policies that allow employers to swiftly navigate their way through government and create jobs. “By maintaining a strong foundation for businesses to grow, we are able to create steady, middle class jobs that support families in our community,” says Andy.
Andy’s record shows that he does not fear taking on challenging and contentious issues. He worked to restore the Banks-Vernonia Linear Trail in 2007, creating the first “rail-to-trail” state park in Oregon. In 2012, Andy worked with Nike to expand its campus in Washington County, creating more than 6,000 jobs with an average salary of $102,000. Andy’s ability to influence Nike’s decision to grow its operations in Washington County, rather than Multnomah County, helped bring approximately $612 million in income to the county.
When not at work for the county, you can often find Andy at Duyck Machine or working on his farm. He is also actively involved with the school his children attended, overseeing the development of a new building as a volunteer.