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Council President Thomas Frank set to run for mayor

First to announce candidacy after Mayor John Kovash's surprise retirement


One week removed from West Linn Mayor John Kovash's surprise resignation, City Council President Thomas Frank announced Tuesday that he will run to replace Kovash as mayor.

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“Our community is strong, and we need principled leadership to balance growth and preserve the natural beauty of our city," Frank said in a press release. “I want the best for our children and our community and will work with you to achieve our goals.”

Frank is the first to announce his candidacy after Kovash declared Feb. 9 he would resign at the end of the month. Kovash, who has been mayor since 2010, said he and his wife are planning to move into a retirement community and would like to dedicate their full attention to that endeavor.

Moving forward, the City Council may either appoint an interim mayor or operate as a four-member council until a special election is held in May or November. Frank, for his part, has said that he would prefer to keep a four-person council until an election is held in May.

The council is set to discuss its options at a special meeting Thursday night.

A City Councilor since 2012, Frank has also chaired the city's audit committee and served on the South Fork Water Board, West Linn Chamber of Commerce, League of Oregon Cities and National League of Cities. Back in October, he was appointed to the League of Oregon Cities Board of Directors.

Before his election to the council, Frank served on the planning commission, as well as the Tri-City Budget Committee (Vice Chair), Transportation Advisory Board, Citizen’s Budget Committee (Vice Chair & Chair), Community Police Facility Development Committee, Police Station Steering Committee. He has lived in West Linn since 2004.

"It’s time we ‘Get Frank’ about the city’s top priorities moving forward," he said in the press release. "The arch bridge concept plan, addressing our aging water infrastructure and preserving our natural spaces will continue to make West Linn a great place for families.

"I’ll provide leadership, transparency and accountability to get the most value for our tax dollars, prioritizing funding for projects with the greatest need to preserve the outstanding quality of our communities.”

A number of elected officials have endorsed Frank's candidacy, including Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts, County Commissioners Martha Schrader and Paul Savas and planning commissioners Lorie Griffith, James Boyle, Bill Hill, Gary Walvante and Ryerson Schwark.

Frank teaches graduate and undergraduate courses at Marylhurst University, Clackamas Community College, University of Phoenix, and Portland State University. He is also the President of St. Vincent de Paul Conference serving the West Linn area for emergency food, rent, and utility assistance and the Treasurer of the West Linn Rotary Club.

He lives in the Parker Crest neighborhood of West Linn with his wife of 11 years and two young children.

To learn more about Frank's candidacy, visit Thomas4WestLinn.com.

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