Tigard councilor Wilson sworn in

He will serve until the end of 2008, filling the last year of Councilor Sally Harding's four-year term

TIGARD - On Tuesday Nick Wilson officially took over a seat on the City Council, after previously choosing not to run for a second four-year term at the end of 2006.

But in April 2007, Councilor Sally Harding resigned to move back East with her husband, and the council approached Wilson about serving the remainder of her term.

Wilson was appointed to fill her seat and then won a contested race in November to serve out the last year of Harding's term, which ends Dec. 31.

Wilson's opponent in the race was Roger Potthoff, who vowed 'to bring a new voice to City Hall… and serve all the citizens of Tigard, not just a narrow band of insiders.'

After Municipal Court Judge Michael O'Brien swore in Wilson at the beginning of Tuesday's council meeting, Wilson took the opportunity to share his thoughts with the public.

'I would like to think that it was not just my incumbency (that got me elected) but rather a referendum on the City Council,' Wilson said. 'People had the opportunity to vote on whether the council was doing a good job or it was time for a change. (The vote) was an affirmation of the current City Council's direction.'

Wilson recalled that the first time he ran for council, his two biggest issues were the 'horrible traffic congestion, especially on 99W, and fixing up downtown Tigard, plus other issues.'

He explained, 'We have been hammering away at these issues and will continue to do so.'

Wilson vowed to take the issues seriously, adding, 'I want to thank everybody for their confidence in me.'

Mayor Craig Dirksen said that he wanted to welcome Wilson 'back to the fold' and promised him exciting times ahead.

When Wilson was running for the seat last fall, he hinted that he might seek another term after this year.

'Never say never,' he said. 'I haven't decided. I do get along with the council and staff. No one gets things accomplished alone.'