by:  John Kovash

West Linn Mayor John Kovash announced Tuesday he will run for re-election this November.

'As mayor of West Linn, I enjoy living here, and I am enthusiastic about the future of our city,' said Kovash. 'I find that most citizens and others agree that we are on the right path, and West Linn has once again been recognized as one of the 100 best places to live in our country.'

Kovash was elected to city council in 2008 and appointed interim mayor in April of 2010. He was then elected mayor in September 2010.

Prior to serving on the city council, Kovash was on the planning commission for six years.

'Things are changing. The business of your city is now conducted with less drama and more professionalism, reason and efficiency,' said Kovash. 'It is not just our citizens who notice these changes - government leaders from other jurisdictions have told me they are pleased with the changes in West Linn's government. West Linn is now known for integrity and our willingness to work cooperatively with individuals, groups and governments.'

If re-elected, Kovash said he would like to focus on the council's 2012 goals and the city's visioning process for Highway 43/Willamette Falls Drive. He listed water infrastructure and the construction of the police station as two top priorities. He also stressed the city's new focus on economic development and the leadership academy.

Kovash and his wife moved to West Linn in 1988. Their daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren also live in West Linn and the children attend West Linn schools.

He is retired from business and from the United States Army. He holds a bachelor of science degree in engineering and an MBA.

'There is a great deal of work ahead of us, and together we will continue to enhance the livability of our community,' said Kovash.

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