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Rich Sakelik announces run for City Council

Filing deadline moved to Aug. 29

West Linn has its first candidate for the November City Council election: Rich Sakelik.

In a press release, Sakelik said he is “not a politician,” but rather “a citizen who wants to help West Linn to move more confidently into the future while preserving all of the wonderful reasons we chose to live in this city.”

“Rich knows how to work with others, take responsibility, focus on the tasks at hand and get things done,” the press release read. “Listening and integrating the vision and values of West Linn citizens is the key.”


Sakelik has served on the City’s Economic Development Committee, and he was also recently appointed to the West Linn Fiber Optic Task Force.

Sakelik has a bachelor’s degree in social work from the Rochester Institute of Technology, as well as a master’s degree in vocational rehabilitation counseling. Now retired, he previously worked as a senior account sales manager for the NEC Corporation, where he was responsible for an account that ran as large as $50 million. He and his wife founded Alpaca Forest Ranch in their spare time, while also co-founding a regional professional organization for alpaca owners.

Sakelik’s filing comes on the heels of Mayor Russ Axelrod’s recent announcement that he will run for reelection. As of July 18, no one else had filed paperwork for the November election. Along with Axelrod, City Council President Jenni Tan and City Councilor Thomas Frank also have terms expiring this year.

The filing deadline with the City has been moved to Aug. 29. Candidates for City Council — including the mayor’s seat — must be qualified electors who have resided within city limits for at least 12 months prior to being elected. They must also continue to be a West Linn resident throughout their term of office.

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