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Two candidates for two council seats in Wilsonville

Scott Starr and Charlotte Lehan are the only candidates to file paperwork


Photo Credit: SPOKESMAN FILE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - LEHANThe Wilsonville City Council race appears to be decided months ahead of the November election.

Incumbent Councilman Scott Starr and former Mayor Charlotte Lehan are shoo-ins to claim the two council seats that will be on the November ballot, assuming there is not a successful write-in campaign and neither candidate withdraws.

Starr and Lehan were the only candidates, according to the city, to submit the necessary paper work to run by the Aug. 26 deadline. One of the seats up in November is now held by Richard Goddard, who announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election. The other is held by Starr.

Lehan served three terms as Wilsonville mayor from 1996 through 2008. Before that she sat on the City Council for six years. In 2008 she was elected to the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners, where she served a single term before losing her 2012 bid for commission chair to John Ludlow, also a former Wilsonville mayor.

When announcing her candidacy in August, Lehan said she looked forward to getting involved in projects that were in their first stages when she held office previously, including ongoing development at Villebois and the future development of Basalt Creek, Coffee Creek and Frog Pond.

Photo Credit: SPOKESMAN FILE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - STARR“I think that there’s a very good council in place now,” Lehan said at that time. “And I think I could work with all four of them. I’ve had conversations with all four of them ... and I feel comfortable working with all of them.”

For Starr, first elected in 2010, seeking another term is a matter of seeing through unfinished businesses.

“There are things that I am knee-deep in ... these aren’t things you haphazardly bring someone up to speed on and go,” Starr said in August.

Starr is on a task force exploring options for a cost-neutral aquatic-community center. And the city is now preparing for its part in a region-wide project that will bring Willamette River water to a host of metro cities.

“It is a thankless job in many ways,” Starr said. “But I have people come up and thank me for my service, and that’s really nice and I really appreciate it.”