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Mumm withdraws; race between Berman, Wuest

Why did City Commissioner Betty Mumm file paperwork Wednesday morning to vacate her seat at the end of the year, instead of running for re-election as she had planned previously?

Mumm and her partner, Dan Holladay, recently purchased apparel company Ultimate Team Spirit in Canby. Photo Credit: FILE PHOTO  - Betty MummBecause she wants to make all of her investments in buying the company a success, she pulled out of the race “for the best interest of her family.” It also helped that former commissioner Daphne Wuest had filed for her position, and Mumm favors Wuest over candidate Mike Berman, a Main Street business owner and resident of the Canemah neighborhood.

“I withdrew because I have confidence in Daphne to do a good job, and I felt comfortable withdrawing with her name there,” Mumm said. “Once I get things going there with my new business, I will be back, not necessarily as a city commissioner, but for one of the advisory committees, because being on commission is a big commitment.”

Mumm said she had “no regrets” about her time so far on City Commission.

“The majority of citizens of Oregon City have representation because we’re such a diverse commission, and we respectfully disagree with each other,” Mumm said.

Mumm, 57, was chairwoman of the Barclay Hills Neighborhood Association and active in the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce before she defeated Norm Stewart for an open seat in 2010. A graduate of Gardiner Middle School and Oregon City High School, Mumm, has been outspoken in favor of the city exploring annexation and urban-renewal possibilities.

Mumm opposed the citizen-initiated measure to refer urban-renewal proposals to the ballot, saying it would stifle development. Berman, 48, who owns the 505 Tavern on Main Street, says he got into the 2012 race to oppose appointed Commissioner Carol Pauli’s turn against the urban-renewal measure.

Photo Credit: FILE PHOTO - Mike BermanBerman attended Mt. Pleasant Elementary School and Gardiner Middle School, graduating from Oregon City High School in 1983. Berman lives in the home that his girlfriend’s family has owned for more than 50 years, and he owns an office space in the McLoughlin neighborhood. He was a state manager for Bankcard Inc., an ATM-processing company. He’s lived in White Fish, Mont., where he attended Flat Head Valley Community College, and he’s also taken classes at Clackamas Community College and Portland Community College.

Photo Credit: FILE PHOTO - Daphne WuestWuest currently serves as the chairwoman of the Clackamas County Tourism Development Council, which is dedicated to enhancing cultural life in Clackamas County through arts and tourism. In 2006, Wuest, 61, was appointed for an eight-month term and ran a successful campaign against Rick Sovereign for the subsequent four-year term. As a city commissioner, she worked to raise over $70,000 for public-art projects for downtown Oregon City. She lost her 2010 re-election campaign to City Commissioner Kathy Roth.

As a founding board member of the nonprofit Main Street Oregon City, Wuest helped start the First Friday Art Walk, the First City Celebration, and Oregon City Farmers Markets in both summer and winter. During the past 25 years living in Oregon City, her volunteerism includes planning and implementing projects on Oregon’s 2009 Sesquicentennial to being a Clackamas Repertory Theatre board member. When Oregon City public school budgets were cut, she began fundraising work with her PTA for music and art programs.