Tigard mayor jumps into Metro race
Tigard Mayor Craig Dirksen said he is planning on making a run for Metro Council in 2012
Tigard Mayor Craig Dirksen said he is planning on making a run for Metro Council in 2012.
'The rumor is true,' Dirksen told the Pamplin Media Group Friday morning. Dirksen, who has served as Tigard's mayor since 2003, has not yet filed for the seat, but confirmed that he will run for the regional position.
Metro, the Portland-area regional government, oversees land-use and transportation planning in Washington, Clackamas and Multnomah counties, as well as operates the Oregon Zoo.
Dirksen said that his near decade in office has shown him the importance of cooperation on regional issues.
'It amazes me how often I find myself at Metro trying to get the things done that need to be done,' Dirksen said. 'There's a lot of decisions that need to be made at that level and there's a need to have those decisions made and where that money will be spent.'
Dirksen will run for council position 3, currently held by outgoing Councilor Carl Hosticka.
Hosticka, who has represented District 3 since 2000, is term-limited and can't run for re-election. During the political process to designate urban and rural reserves, Hosticka played a pivotal role as one of two council members representing Washington County.
District 3 represents portions of Washington and Clackamas counties including parts of Beaverton, Durham, King City, Sherwood, Tigard, Tualatin and Wilsonville.
Kathryn Harrington represents the rest of Washington County.