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Editorial: Nick Wilson is logical choice for Tigards mayor


Tigard voters are fortunate to have two committed, qualified and reasonable candidates running for mayor in the Nov. 6 election.

City Councilor Nick Wilson and lifelong Tigard resident John Cook both bring good ideas and lengthy community-service resumes to this campaign. We believe either candidate could make an excellent mayor, but we recommend Wilson because his experience on the City Council gives him the background necessary to be effective immediately in this job.

Our thinking in this race is influenced by the fact voters are only selecting someone to fill out the two years left in the term of departing Mayor Craig Dirksen, who has been elected to the Metro Council. Two years is a very short period of time in which to accomplish anything. Yet, Tigard has some timely issues to deal with in the near term — including its partnership with Lake Oswego to bring Clackamas River water to the community.

Wilson has 19 years of experience in city positions. He served eight years on the Planning Commission and has been elected to the City Council three times. As the senior member of the council, he is the logical person to complete Dirksen’s term and help oversee the projects already under way. His professional background as a landscape architect also gives him a knowledge of design and construction that will be valuable as the city moves forward on the water projects and other initiatives.

Our endorsement of Wilson, however, should not be viewed as a rejection of his opponent. Cook is also a quality candidate who has amply demonstrated his dedication to the community through involvement with civic organizations and service on the Washington County Budget Committee. Cook and Wilson agree on the city’s priorities, which include improvements to Pacific Highway, revitalization of downtown Tigard and better accessibility to trails and parks.

We believe Cook has great potential to make further contributions to his city, but we would like to see him obtain city-specific experience — such as serving on the Planning Commission or City Council — before running for mayor.

For this election, however, voters should select Nick Wilson to lead the city for the next two years.