Sherwood City Council member Krisanna Clark has announced her intent to run for mayor in the November election.

Clark made the announcement April SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Clark

“I just announced because I had such an outpouring of support from the community,” Clark said in a recent interview.

Clark originally applied for an appointment to the Sherwood City Council to take the seat of her husband Del, who was a sitting member of the council when he died of a brain tumor in 2010.

Although not selected, Clark ran for the council seat in May 2011 and won. She won reelection to her unchallenged seat in 2012.

“I feel we are at a crossroads in Sherwood, and it is time for positive, accountable government that focuses on community and service,” Clark said in making her announcement “Fiduciary responsibility, accountability, collaborative community and smart business growth planning will be my focus as your mayor.”

Clark said none of those four platforms are more important than the other.

However, she said she wants to attract business to Sherwood, specifically businesses that Sherwood residents want.

While last spring’s announcement that Walmart would build a store in Sherwood resulted in numerous negative reactions, it had the positive result of making people aware of what was happening in their city, she said.

“It stirred the pot. It’s impossible to say it didn’t,” she said. “I think the issues surrounding the announcement of Walmart have been divisive and I think we need to move forward.”

City Council President Linda Henderson has already announced she would run for mayor. “I am not running against Linda, I’m running for Sherwood,” Clark pointed out. “I’m concentrating on what I bring to the table.”

Mayor Bill Middleton has previously said he will not seek re-election, however.

Clark said she was not going to change the way she serves on the council simply because it’s an election cycle, emphasizing she wouldn’t be catering to any one specific group.

She has begun a political action committee, with the goal of supporting those candidates that strengthen the city. So far, she has made a $10,000 personal loan to the committee, but will campaign and fundraise as well.

“You can’t start with nothing,” she said. “I’m going to be campaigning to pay that loan back.”

Clark holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Willamette University, having double majored in both business economics and English. She has been a small business owner and an aerobics instructor, certified by the American Council on Exercise.

In addition, Clark has 10 years of experience in risk management, contract review and negotiation in the field of insurance claims.

She serves as a council representative for numerous groups including the Westside Economic Alliance, League of Oregon Cities, Home Builder’s Association and other groups.

The first day to file for either the mayor's seat or one of three Sherwood City Council positions is June 4.

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