He cites ongoing infrastructure projects as a reason to run again

JonesCity Councilor Mike Jones is officially in campaign mode as he vies for a second full term in office.

He submitted his election forms Monday, according to City Recorder Kathy Mollusky.

"The City Council has done a lot of good work in the last couple of years, and we're in the middle of really improving our infrastructure," Jones said. "I'd like to see that through."

Jones, whose current term expires Dec. 31, 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.

Council President Jody Carson also has a term that expires Dec. 31, but she has yet to announce whether she will run for re-election.

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.

"The city council isn't about the sexy issues," Jones said. "It's about streets, public safety, sewers, water, and I think we've made good strides to correct and maintain those. I'd like to continue that work."

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

Bernstein applies for re-election

Jones wasn't the only government official to submit election forms this week.

Municipal Judge Rhett Bernstein also filed for re-election Monday, seeking a new four-year term after being elected last fall to replace former Judge Heather Karabeika.

As the only name on the September ballot, Bernstein had 1,839 votes, or 93 percent, with 138 write-ins for others.

The city appointed Bernstein on a temporary basis in June 2013, after Karabeika left for a spot on the Clackamas County Circuit Court. It wasn't until September that Bernstein was elected to permanently replace Karabeika through Dec. 31, 2014, when her term expired.

Bernstein grew up in West Linn and moved back as an adult in 2005. In 2007, he became a prosecuting attorney for the city before being appointed municipal judge.

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