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Councilor files for House run

West Linn City Councilor Michele Eberle announced in January that she will seek reelection. On Tuesday she upped the ante.

Eberle, currently in her second term on the council, filed her candidacy with the state elections division for the 37th House District in the Oregon Legislature. In the November election, she'll face Republican Scott Bruun, who has occupied the seat since 2004, in the November election.

'I have been thinking about this for a few year, and my inspiration is that I have a passion for public service,' Eberle said. '… The timing is right for me professionally and personally.'

Eberle points to her leadership on the council and advocacy work as the executive director of Clackamas County Women's Services as qualifications for the state office. She also has experience on the South Fork Water Board, the Clackamas County Citizen Review Board.

'I know that my breadth and depth of experience is really valuable and will be a tremendous asset with making policy decisions,' Eberle said.

She said her time with Clackamas County Women's Services, an emergency shelter for women and their children, has allowed her to see firsthand many of the serious issues facing the state and region. This, along with her political experience, she said would help her transition from local to state governance.

'The issues that people care about are issues, whether it's at the local level or state level,' she said. 'My experience on the council: land use, transportation, education; those are the same whether its at the local or state level.'

Growth issues have been on the forefront of Eberle's tenure on the council, as well as helping the city recover from financial mismanagement and a serious embezzlement.

'I think Michele is a wonderful candidate,' Bruun said. 'I think the Democrats would be hard pressed to find someone better. I think she's been a wonderful city councilor. … I look forward to the campaign. I think it will serve the district well.'

Bruun served on the House Revenue and Health Care committees during the 2007 session. He was also the vice-chair of the Health Care Policy Subcommittee. In his private life, Bruun is vice president and chief financial officer of Lorentz Bruun Co., Inc., a Portland-based general contractor. Prior to joining LBC, Bruun spent more than 10 years in commercial and corporate banking.

'I think Scott Bruun is a very good person,' Eberle said. 'He's a neighbor of mine. I think that he's done a fine job. But I think I can bring depth and breadth of experiences that will be better suited for issues in the House.'