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More candidates pull papers to run in Tigard, Tualatin local elections

Planning commissioner seeks Tigard seat; library board member, attorney running in Tualatin.

Bret Lieuallen.Three more people say they will seek seats on their local City Councils in Tigard and Tualatin.

Bret Lieuallen, a planning commissioner in Tigard, declared in a position paper he sent The Times this week that while he thinks highly of the city's councilors, he believes “there is room for a fresh view on Council, as well as continuing to fruition some great projects already in the works.” In Tualatin, city volunteer Sonya Ambuehl and attorney Robert Kellogg said they are planning to run for council seats as well.

City councilors in Tigard are not elected individually. The top two vote-getters will be elected to seats on the council this November.

In Tualatin, councilors run for election to positions, three of which are up in this year's race. Paul Morrison has filed to run for Position 2, currently occupied by Council President Monique Beikman, and Councilor Ed Truax has filed for re-election to Position 4. Councilor Joelle Davis has said she will seek re-election to Position 6 and has pulled papers to do so.

Morrison is joined in his quest for the Position 2 seat by Ambuehl, who chairs the Tualatin Library Advisory Committee. She said she has enjoyed serving on the committee and being involved with the library.

Sonya Ambuehl.“I'm just really active in my community and I like to see things happen,” Ambuehl said, explaining why she wants to run for City Council.

Meanwhile, Kellogg has drawn papers for all three positions and plans to run for one of them, he said.

“I have not yet decided which one of those it's going to be,” he told The Times.

Kellogg, who also serves as president of the Ibach Citizen Involvement Organization in Tualatin, is a regular presence at council meetings. He's been a critic of the council at times, notably choosing to represent, pro bono, a woman who sued the city last year after the council passed an ordinance that affected her efforts to gather signatures for a ballot initiative to place term limits on Tualatin's elected officials.

If Kellogg officially files as a candidate, he will appear alongside that initiative on the ballot this fall.

Lieuallen will also share space with a controversial ballot measure in Tigard, if he formally files. Voters will be asked if they want to lift a restriction on the city officially supporting the Southwest Corridor project, which seeks to extend MAX light rail from downtown Portland through Tigard.

“I have many questions outstanding regarding a new light rail in Tigard, including but not limited to our ability to pay for such an investment,” Lieuallen wrote in his position paper. “Tigard would indeed pay a large contribution to this project, though those costs are undefined at this point in the planning.”

Lieuallen said he is “most enthusiastic” about building more sidewalks and supporting Tigard's recreation programs.

Ambuehl, who described herself as “really open-minded,” said she does not have an agenda as she collects signatures to run for a seat on the Tualatin City Council.

“I want people to know that I'm up to listening to suggestions and ideas, and I just want to know what people are interested in seeing happen,” Ambuehl said. “I think everybody deserves a chance to be heard, and any ideas I can generate for people, I'm happy to bring them to the table and see what I can do.”

The deadline to file for Tigard City Council is 4 p.m. Sept. 1. In Tualatin, the deadline is Aug. 30.

By Mark Miller
Assistant Editor
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