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Five hopefuls eye open council seats

Two incumbents run again, one steps down in Forest Grove


ThompsonAs of press time Tuesday afternoon, four challengers had entered the race for a seat on the six-member Forest Grove City Council, where two incumbent councilors — Tom Johnston and Ron Thompson — are running for re-election while Councilor Camille Miller is stepping down after her term ends in November.

Tom Beck, a history professor who also serves as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Pacific University, declared his intentions to run for Miller’s seat last year.

Beck is the longtime chair of the Forest Grove Planning Commission and has served on the city’s Budget Committee since 2012. He is also on the advisory committee for the Council Creek Regional trail.

Aldie Howard, a land-use consultant who once served on the city council, has tried numerous times since then to regain a seat and is doing so again this year. Howard has been a city planner, administrator and bar owner and currently sits on the board of the Forest Grove Senior and Community Center.

Malynda Wenzl, a social-studies teacher at Neil Armstrong Middle School, recently filed to run as well, along with Alexander LaFollett, a music teacher at Portland Community College (Sylvania campus) and freelance composer. Neither has prior governmental experience.

None of the candidates expect to spend or receive more than $750 for their campaign.

Nathan Seable, who works for the Oregon Department of Forestry, was hoping to squeak in just under the 5 p.m. deadline and join the race Tuesday. Seable, who manages the South Fork Forest Camp — a 200-bed inmate work camp — is a member of the city council’s Public Safety Advisory Commission and previously served on its Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission. Johnson

Forest Grove residents will be asked to vote for three candidates on the November ballot. The top three vote-getters will win the three open seats.

In the mayoral race, Mayor Pete Truax has only one opponent: Timothy Marble, a local attorney who has previously served on the city’s Building Board of Appeals, as well as the Washington County Disability, Aging and Veterans Services Advisory Council.

In Cornelius, Mayor Jef Dalin and city councilors Harley Crowder and Jose Orozco are all running for re-election unopposed.




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