Four vie for Tigard City Council positions
Thing are heating up in this falls race for Tigard City Council.
With Monday's filing deadline for City Council candidates passed, four people have thrown their hat into the ring to fill two seats.
The seats are currently held by term-limited Gretchen Buehner and Marc Woodard, who is running for his second term.
Woodard the grandson of former Tigard Mayor Edward Woodard said hed like to finish what he started when he was elected four years ago.
There are a lot of projects in the works, and there is a lot more work to be done," he said. "I just got started and have a whole lot more to give back to our community.
Woodard has made supporting economic development and offering more recreation activities around town priorities for the city, lobbying to make them official council goals.
Those have had a phenomenal start," Woodard said. "There is great potential to provide more services for kids, families businesses and residents."
In Tigard, candidates for City Council run at-large. The two with the most votes will claim the two open seats.
Woodards three challengers are Tom Anderson, Carl Switzer and John Goodhouse, all of whom have experience working in city government.
Anderson, a broker with New Home Reality in Lake Oswego, filed for office last month. He's no stranger to how Tigard works, having served on the Tigard Planning Commission for seven years. He said he wants to join the council to ensure Tigard stays open for business.
I would like everybody to know that a developer can come in and look at Tigard, as opposed to Beaverton or Tualatin, he said. Id like to see a more attractive downtown that is open past 8 oclock in the evening.
Switzer is also familiar with working in the public eye. He served as manager of Tualatins parks department from 2006 until this February. There, he worked on several projects, including the planning for Tualatin's time capsule. He currently serves as parks manager for the North Clackamas Parks and Rec District.
Switzer has volunteered on several city commissions and committees. He served as chairman of the citys Parks and Recreation Advisory Board when it was re-launched in 2003, has served on downtowns City Center Advisory Commission and the city's 2009 parks bond measure, which failed.
Tigard does a fantastic job making sure the pipes and pavement are taken care of, but they have never been very good at finding what makes Tigard a great place to live and dedicating resources to making that happen, Switzer said. Look at other communities around us. In every single one of them, the city provides parks and rec amenities for its citizens and holds community events designed to bring people together and knit the social fabric of the community. Tigard has never done that.
Switzer, who has two young children, said hed like to leave them and other Tigard residents something they can be proud of.
My kids are going to grow up and go to school in this community. I want them to feel a sense of pride. Its a shame that after school we have to leave the community to find programs for them.
If Goodhouses name sounds familiar, it's because voters have seen it before. The independent insurance agent narrowly lost a race for City Council in 2010. Since then, he led unsuccessful campaigns for the Oregon Legislature in 2012 and the Tigard-Tualatin School Board in 2013.
When Goodhouse last ran for City Council, he had no experience serving on any of the city's commissions or boards. He currently serves on the city's Planning Commission as an non-voting alternate member. That experience has given him a broader scope for how the city functions, he said.
"You cant change the world with one swoop of a wand, it's often not a quick or simple process," he said. "I have definitely taken on a lot more, with positions in the Tualatin Chamber and different committees, getting to know the people behind the scenes and seeing how the process works."
Goodhouse said he'd like to see Tigard regain its sense of community.
"Tigard is so big and spread out, I want to bring everything together more," he said. "When you have a strong community with activities and a strong school district, you bring more people and more businesses to the area. When economic groups look to relocate, they often look at livability in a city how they can raise their family."
Ballots for the Nov. 4 general election are expected to be mailed to voters in mid-October.JW_DISQUS_ADD_A_COMMENT