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Announcement made toward the end of her first independent State of the City address on Jan. 17

Happy Valley Mayor Lori Chavez-DeRemer has announced that she will run for re-election in the 2018 election.

PHOTO BY: DOUG DURLAND - Happy Valley Mayor Lori Chavez-DeRemer as she gave her State of the City speech.Chavez-DeRemer made the announcement toward the end of her first independent State of the City address on Jan. 17, attended by more than 100 people at City Hall.

"I am honored to have served for seven years as mayor of our great town. We have worked hard to promote a quality of life that makes Happy Valley the best place to live," Chavez-DeRemer said. "As mayor, fiscal responsibility was a No. 1 priority. We paid off our City Hall debt a decade early, which saved our taxpayers nearly $900,000 in interest payments."

Chavez-DeRemer kept the tone of her speech positive, detailing accomplishments from the past year in attracting 22 businesses to open, which brought in more than 275 new living-wage jobs. At the same time, Happy Valley was honored to win the Red Cross City Blood Challenge out of 29 other cities in the state, thanks to the local community's participation.

PHOTOS BY: DOUG DURLAND - City and state representatives join more than 100 citizens and Lori Chavez-DeRemer, Happy Valley mayor, as she gives her first independent State of the City address.Chavez-DeRemer also spent a portion of the speech talking about the city's plans to take over running parks in Happy Valley from the North Clackamas Parks & Recreation District. She said polling has shown that parks are a major priority for city residents who would like to see a community center built in the city soon.

Chavez-DeRemer was first elected as mayor in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014. One of her first acts as mayor of Happy Valley was the creation of the Happy Valley Youth Council to empower high school teens and encourage them to get involved in public service.

PHOTO BY: DOUG DURLAND - Members of the city's Youth Council."As mayor, I wanted to make sure our young adults have a voice in Happy Valley," Chavez-DeRemer said. "It's important to enable the next generation and provide an opportunity for them to be an integral part in building the city they grew up in."

Chavez-DeRemer took time during the speech to praise city employees at City Hall whom she credited with careful planning that has attracted many Oregonians to relocate and raise their families in Happy Valley. She said Happy Valley's planning for a rapidly growing population should be a model for other cities across the state of Oregon.

Chavez-DeRemer lives in Happy Valley with her husband, Dr. Shawn DeRemer.

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