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Candidates declare intention to run for Fairview mayor


Tosterud, Barton Mullins file to replace retiring Mayor Weatherby

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Lisa Barton Mullinsby: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Ted TosterudTwo Fairview city councilors — Lisa Barton Mullins and Ted Tosterud — have filed, so far, to take over Mayor Mike Weatherby’s seat in the city’s Nov. 4 election.

Weatherby is stepping down after 12 years as Fairview mayor.

Terms are ending for several councilors, and there are five open seats on council, including the mayor. Candidates have until 5 p.m. Aug. 26 to file.

Keith Kudrna and Natalie Voruz are running for Barton Mullin’s open seat, and Tamie Arnolds will run against Brian Cooper for her seat.

Steve Owen has not declared if he will run again.

So far, no one has filed for Tosterud’s position. Whoever fills it will have to run again when the term ends in two years.

Councilor Steve Prom and Councilor Dan Kreamier do not have to run this election as they still have two years left in their terms.

Tosterud and Barton Mullins, who is council president, both risk losing their seat on council if they are not elected mayor.

The city of Fairview has never elected a female mayor.

Tosterud, who joined the council eight months ago, said he went back and forth on deciding whether to run for mayor before ultimately deciding his “analytical nature and experience managing people and finance are what the city needs.”

Lisa Barton Mullins said she decided 20 years ago while on the Gresham City Council and mentoring under former Mayor Gussie McRobert, that at some point she would love to be the mayor.

With a passion for Fairview and the community, she said, “I had never let go of my dream of being mayor.”

Both mayoral candidates are longtime East County residents who settled in Fairview.

Tosterud has lived in Fairview for 11 years. A retired businessman in medical sales, he was the former director of operations for Quest Diagnostics, a clinical lab services company. Tosterud had no previous experience serving in city government before he was appointed to the Fairview Council in January.

He is co-council liaison on both the advisory committees for economic development and public safety.

Barton Mullins has lived in Fairview for 14 years. A mother of four daughters and two-time breast cancer survivor, she and her husband ran a coffee business in East County. She joined the Fairview City Council in 2006. For the past three years, she has stepped in for Mayor Weatherby to serve on several regional and local committees, including Metro’s Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation, East Multnomah County Transportation Committee and East Metro Economic Alliance. She also is council liaison for the city’s parks and recreation advisory committee.

Tosterud, 73, says his background in business and a desire to give back to the community qualify him for mayor.

“I have 46 years managing business and people,” Tosterud said, in a recent interview with The Outlook.

If elected, his main goals are first, to expand recreational opportunities in and around Fairview and second, to build the economic health of Fairview.

Considering herself “a real people-person,” Barton Mullins, 56, says she knows the community, not only in Fairview but within the region.

“I’ve worked really, really hard over the last three years on regional committees to make sure that Fairview and East County gets their fair share of Metro and Multnomah County funds,” she said.

Tosterud says his newness, ability to negotiate and reliance on facts and data, rather than emotion, has led the council to become less polarized since he joined as the seventh councilor.

Barton Mullins said there is still some polarization on the council, but “it could be getting better.”

Barton Mullins and Tosterud touched on few similar points if elected mayor.

Both said they want to continue working to develop the Halsey Street corridor and bring more businesses to Fairview. Both also would continue a program Mayor Weatherby started, called Mayor’s Business Round Table.

They talked about short- and long-term issues the council faces, such as the possible consolidation of Fairview’s police department with the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

Tosterud said the council will need all the facts and data first.

“You can’t make a concerted decision on any of that until you have all the information in front of you,” he said.

Barton Mullins said, “On the surface, I support the consolidation, but there’s a lot of discussion that needs to take place.”

To qualify for election, candidates must have lived in the city of Fairview for a year up to the election. All positions are elected at-large and have four-year terms. They also are unpaid, volunteer positions.

Candidates have two choices to file: pay a $25 fee and file by declaration or collect 25 signatures through a city-approved petition.

Term of office for candidates elected begins at the first council meeting of the new year. Nomination of mayor and city councilors are nonpartisan.