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Goddard announces he will not run for re-election


Wilsonville City Councilor plans to serve out his term

by: CITY OF WILSONVILLE - RICHARD GODDARDWilsonville City Councilor Richard Goddard announced Friday that he will not see re-election to his seat on the council in the November general election.

Goddard was elected to his current four-year term in 2010 and also ran unsuccessfully for the Wilsonville mayoral seat in November 2012. On Friday he said he has no regrets about his stint in office, but emphasized that he would like to continue to spend his time volunteering with different groups and causes in the Wilsonville community.

“I feel like I’ve been able to make a positive difference in the time I’ve been there and I’m proud of the leadership role I’ve played on economic development and promoting cost efficiencies in the city,” Goddard said. “But at the same time, the one asset we all have is time, and I just got to the point where I want to focus some of the time I have available to find other ways to give back and support the partners that I’ve come to know and work with and who are also doing what they can to serve the unmet needs in the community.”

Goddard’s announcement comes with eight months remaining in his term, which expires at the end of the year. He said he fully intends to serve that period out.

Goddard was elected alongside fellow Councilor Scott Starr in 2010 by voters attracted to their pledges to trim costs at city hall amidst the worst economic recession since the 1930s. Along with the hiring of current City Manager Bryan Cosgrove the following year, Goddard and Starr helped bring about an entirely different direction for council policy that continues to this day.

It started with a pledge to cut at least $1 million from the 2011-12 city budget, a policy that turned into annualized savings for the city. It continued with economic development, which now is one of the city's top priorities.

“I think part of that shift was the choice we made to bring on a new city manager,” Goddard said. “And with Mr. Cosgrove’s support he brought a heightened focus to the city on things like fiscal accountability and responsibility. And every business and organization in Wilsonville and the surrounding community, they all have to look for continuing ways to stay viable, so it was a priority for me to bring the same level of focus to city government.”

In the future Goddard expects to stay closely involved in local and regional economic development through his volunteer work with the Clackamas County Economic Development Commission, while he hopes to assist those in need through ongoing work with the Oregon Community Foundation Metropolitian Leadership Council. While it’s a mouthful, the latter group is the state’s largest non-profit organization, and Goddard said he is particularly pleased with the opportunity to continue working with that group.

“I have the opportunity to help support their vision on the leadership council, and I’m looking forward to continuing my role there,” he said.

In addition, he also hopes to be able to spend more time with his sons, whom he calls his "inspiration." In that capacity, he volunteers his time to the Wilsonville High School lacrosse program.

In the end, Goddard, who works for Portland General Electric, said he is proud of being able to serve the Wilsonville community in whatever capacity he is able.

“It’s been an honor and a privilege to serve and I’m proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish,” he said. “But I also think it’s time to shift my focus to working with local and regional nonprofits, and I also believe that there’s value in having a diversity of perspectives, and this will allow somebody else to bring some new ideas to the city council.

“I think change is a good thing and I’ll continue to find opportunities to serve in other ways that make a positive difference; but I think it’s time at the end of my term to shift my focus to supporting our local nonprofits.”