The pair will run against incumbent councilors Jody Carson and Mike Jones

Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Brenda Perry and Russ AxlerodWest Linn Planning Commissioner Russell Axelrod and resident Brenda Perry will join hands in a dual campaign for two City Council seats slated to be on the ballot in November.

Axelrod and Perry submitted their election forms to the city on Tuesday. They will challenge Council President Jody Carson and City Councilor Mike Jones, who have both announced their intentions to run for re-election.

“It’s frustration,” Axelrod said when asked why he decided to run. “Frustration with the way things have gone in planning, and frustration with how the council has conducted itself in holding supposed hearings and the like. And the only way to change things is at a council level.”

Perry said her decision to run stemmed from what she viewed as a lack of proper citizen engagement from the council level.

“I want the citizens of West Linn to be heard,” Perry said. “I think we’re losing the voice of West Linn, and I want to get that back and involve (residents) more in their own city.”

Axelrod currently serves as vice chair on the West Linn Planning Commission and has lived in West Linn for 23 years. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in earth science from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a Master of Science in Geology from the University of Montana. He has more than 30 years of experience consulting on environmental issues for major national and international architecture and engineering firms, and has managed his own consulting practice since 2007. He and his wife were active school and community volunteers and have two grown daughters who attended West Linn public schools.

“I’ve been approached for awhile (about running) and said, ‘No,’ and I just decided in the last several days,” Axelrod said. “I’ve had citizens commenting, saying they need someone they can trust. They felt I had experience and liked what I did on the planning commission.”

Perry received a bachelor of science degree in nursing and a master of science as a nurse educator from California State University at Dominguez Hills. Most recently she was a program manager of a large diabetes clinical research study for Medtronic, where she managed a multi-million dollar budget, negotiated contracts and coordinated project communications. She and her husband decided to retire to West Linn in 2010.

“I have a lot of experience to bring to this,” Perry said. “(As a clinical program manager), I managed a budget as big as West Linn’s, kept it balanced and had to deal with all sorts of people — negotiate contracts with some of the most difficult people to negotiate.”

Perry regularly volunteers as a tutor at Clackamas Community College, where she teaches math to adult students preparing for their GED. She is also an officer with the Savanna Oaks Neighborhood Association.

“I’ve always been active in the community, and I love living in West Linn,” Perry said. “I just want to maintain the reasons everyone moves to West Linn, and I think we’re losing touch of that. I just want to speak for the people.”

Filing to run in the Nov. 4 election opened June 4, and the deadline to turn in the candidate filing form to the city recorder is Aug. 19. The deadline to file a “statement of candidate” is Sept. 8.

West Linn Mayor John Kovash and councilors Jenni Tan and Thomas Frank are each midway through terms that end Dec. 31, 2016.

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