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Kanable won't seek third term on park board

Incumbents Pelatt, Scott intend to run in May 21 election


After serving two four-year terms on the Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District Board of Directors, Bill Kanable now plans to step aside and let someone else take a shot at the role.

Kanable announced his intention not to run for his Position 2 seat in the May 21 Washington County election at the board’s monthly meeting Monday night.

Greg Cody, who serves as chairman of the district’s Budget Committee, has filed with the county to run for Kanable’s Position 2 seat.

Board member Bob Scott, who joined the board in 2006, has filed with the Washington County elections division to run for a new four-year term. Larry Pelatt, a board member since 2005, has not yet filed for reelection with the county. John Griffiths and board President Joe Blowers were reelected to their current four-year terms in 2011.

The deadline to file with the county for the board election is March 21.

Kanable, 51, a software developer and Beaverton resident, said he’s ready for a break from board duties so he can stretch out and explore other interests.

“I want to be able to move on to other opportunities and see where my heart leads me to serve the community,” he said on Tuesday. “I’m not sure what that will be yet, but I believed this was the right time.”

Some of the accomplishments and projects he remembers most fondly from his eight years on the board include work on the Portland Community College/Rock Creek Trail Project, supporting the $100 million bond measure district voters passed in 2008, helping to establish the Fanno Creek Service Center and collaboration between the Portland Timbers and the district on the soccer team’s practice facility. He’s also proud of serving as board president in 2009-10.

“It has been a very busy eight years,” he said.

As far as who might fill his shoes, Kanable would prefer it to be someone willing to work toward compromise who is “balanced in viewing the district activities as a whole,” he said. “Having only a single key interest does not serve the district citizens.”

A Beaverton resident since 1986, Kanable plans to remain active as a volunteer coach and in running the Tualatin Hills Junior Soccer League, for which he has served as president since 2008. The married father of two also serves as president, treasurer, fields coordinator, spring league coordinator and coach for the Westside Soccer League.

“I will miss directly working with the current board members and staff at that level, but I will still be around,” he said, adding he’s “very comfortable” with the direction of the district.

“I am leaving it in great hands.”




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