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Still no hats in the ring for council positions

Deadline to file to run is Aug. 9

With November’s election on the horizon, the deadline to apply for two City Council seats is fast approaching.

Council President Jody Carson and City Councilor Mike Jones each have terms that expire Dec. 31. Neither has formally announced plans to run for re-election.

Carson, who was first elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2010, has lived in West Linn since 1991 and also serves on the South Fork Water Board, the Regional Water Consortium, the Metro Policy Advisory Committee and the Clackamas County Mental Health and Addictions Advisory Council. She is co-chairwoman of the Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition and a founding member of the Willamette Falls Heritage Foundation.

She previously served as a West Linn Planning Commissioner and Willamette Neighborhood Association President.

Carson has a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Pacific Lutheran University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Denver. She works as a manager of healthcare quality review at Acumentra Health.

Jones was appointed to the City Council in 2008 and later elected in 2010. He is also a member of the South Fork Water Board. Previously, he served as a member of the West Linn Planning Commission, the West Linn-Wilsonville School District Long Range Planning Committee and the West Linn Library Foundation Board.

Jones received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from the United States Naval Academy, and later earned a master’s degree in both business and public administration from the University of South Carolina. Jones has worked in the book publishing industry for the last 20 years, and currently coordinates sales activities from an LLC that owns three publishing companies.

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” follows shortly thereafter Aug. 28.

West Linn City Councilors are elected for four-year terms, and must have lived within city limits for at least 12 months before being elected. Candidates may vie for only one elected spot, and council positions are “substantially volunteer in nature” according to city charter.

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

For more information, visit http://westlinnoregon.gov/elections/faqs.

By Luke Roney
email: lroney@westlinntidings.com

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