2014 Tualatin Riverkeepers Political Race set for Aug. 23 in Tigard

By Nico Hamacher, Graphic news intern

Two Newberg City Council members, Bart Rierson and Ryan Howard, have signed up to compete in the Tualatin Riverkeepers seventh annual 2014 Tualatin Riverkeepers Political Race.

But this race will be different. In lieu of ballots, campaigns and speeches, the two will be tasked with paddling either a canoe or kayak just over a mile on the Tualatin River.

“Elected officials make decisions that ultimately affect the rivers and creeks,” said Brian Wegener, advocacy manager for Tualatin Riverkeepers. “So we want to make sure they are aware how important the rivers and creek are.”

Rierson said he signed up after receiving an email from Howard and looks forward to the event. “I think it’s important to do outreach,” he said. “The more the public is familiar with the river the more likely they are to think (about their actions).”

Other elected officials and candidates from Tigard, Beaverton, Tualatin, Sherwood, Aloha and Clackamas will join Rierson and Howard on the river.

The race will begin at 8 a.m. Aug. 23 at the Cook Park boat ramp in Tigard. The public is invited to come and watch.

Following the race, spectators can rent canoes and kayaks and set out on the Tualatin River. For more information, visit www.tualatin

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