Candidates line up for Nov. 7 vote
Tigard and Tualatin have contested council seats, while five of eight candidates will make up a potential Bull Mtn. council
Filing deadlines for the Nov. 7 election for a number of local government positions closed earlier this week in Tigard, Tualatin and for a possible Bull Mountain City Council. The deadline for filing in Tigard was 4 p.m. Monday, while the Tualatin and Bull Mountain deadlines were Tuesday at 5 p.m. Following is a rundown of those who filed for the various positions:
The race for two seats on the City Council just got hotter.
Barely squeaking under the deadline wire to run in the November election is a third candidate - Councilor Sydney Sherwood, who will complete her first four-year term at the end of this year.
She joins Gretchen Buehner and Joshua Chaney, who both ran unsuccessfully for City Council four years ago and previously filed to run in this year's election.
Sherwood is executive director of the Good Neighbor Center in Tigard and formerly served as a Tigard Water District commissioner.
Buehner is a Tigard attorney and currently serves on both the Tigard Planning Commission and the Tigard City Center Advisory Commission.
Chaney is a technical support technician for GTS Services, a computer-software company. He served on the Tigard Downtown Task Force.
Mayor Craig Dirksen is running unopposed for a four-year term as mayor.
Tualatin has two contested City Council races on its hands for the November election.
City Council incumbent Jay Harris will be running against retired educator Donald Funk for position 1. And newcomers, Frank Bubenik and Donna Maddux are both vying for council position 3.
Incumbents Mayor Lou Ogden and Councilor Chris Barhyte, position 5, were the sole petitioners for their positions.
Harris, who took office in 2003, is looking for re-election to his council seat. He served on the Washington County Consolidated Communications Agency (911) Board, the Washington County Cooperative Library Services Board and the Clackamas County Coordinating Committee. Harris is a civil engineer with Harris-McMonagle Associates Inc.
Position 1 candidate Funk is a retired secondary school teacher. He has been a member of the Tualatin Parks Advisory Committee for three years. Before that he served 24 years as a member of the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District Board.
Councilor Chris Berg-strom is not running for re-election to position 3, leaving the race open to two newcomers.
Bubenik is an information technology consultant. He is serving as the co-chairman of the Tualatin Tomorrow Steering Committee and is chairman of the Tualatin Library Advisory Committee.
Maddux is an assistant attorney general with the Oregon Department of Justice in the criminal justice division. She has also had work experience in the Washington County District Attorney's Office and the United States Federal District Court in Portland.
A total of eight candidates met Tuesday's deadline and filed candidacies for a Bull Mountain City Council. Five of them will be elected, assuming the majority of registered voters on the mountain agrees to incorporate their own city.
New names include Steven Burke, Susan Morelli and Michael Salisbury.
Burke, 37, is lawyer and a former reserve police officer for the Hillsboro Police Department.
Morelli, 44, is a freelance reporter for The Oregonian and vice-president of Tigard-Tualatin Schools Foundation. She also was a member of the Tigard Downtown Task Force.
And Salisbury, 52, is support unit supervisor of archives in Washington County's government offices. He is also a former U.S. Navy officer.
The other candidates include Lisa Hamilton-Treick and Kinton Fowler (both directors of the political action committee Bull Mountain Residents for Incorporation), as well as Ken Henschel, chairman of Washington County's Citizen Participation Organization 4B; Charles Radley, a Tigard Water District commissioner; Wynne Wakkila, a semi-retired financial planner; and Kevin Bauerle, a self-employed entrepreneur who owns a catering business and a credit card processing business.
The proposed city of Bull Mountain boundaries include about 1.7 square miles and roughly encompass land south of Barrows Road, north of Beef Bend Road and east of Roy Rogers Road to the city of Tigard's limits. If incorporated, the city would have about 8,000 residents.
The question of whether or not to incorporate will be on the Nov. 7 general election ballot.
The five city council candidates with the most votes will be elected to the at-large council seats if the voters incorporate the city.
They will be charged with setting up the new administrative government.
King City had five residents file for four open City Council seats. The top vote-getters in the election in November will win seats on the council. King City candidates are incumbent Jim Gates, incumbent Ron Shay, incumbent Brenda Wilkinson, Charles Greenough and David Newham. Mayor Chuck Faes will not be running for re-election. Faes recently told the city that he has been diagnosed with cancer and will not run for council this year.
Durham City Council incumbents are running unopposed for re-election. The incumbents include Christopher Hadfield, Gery Schirado and Patrick Carroll.