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Three to vie for Canby council seats, mayor has open field to victory in November

COURTESY PHOTO - Brian Hodson, Canby Mayor

At the Aug. 23 deadline four people had signed up to run for city office in the city of Canby. There was some question about whether Tyler Smith intended to run again for his seat on the City Council, but he failed to sign up by the deadline. Three positions are open for the council and one for the mayor.

Mayor Brian Hodson is again running, and recently told the Herald he has more to do as mayor and wanted the time to get more things done. Mayor Hodson currently is working as a mortgage consultant for New American Funding, he has also served as a mortgage advisor for Sierra Pacific and Peak Mortgage Companies. Earlier he served as a store- and district manager for Starbucks Coffee Company. He is a graduate of Linfield College with a bachelor's degree in psychology.

Prior to his election as mayor, Hodson was appointed to an open city council in 2009 and later elected to the council. He ran for mayor in 2012, and was elected on a pledge of fiscal responsibility, safe and enjoyable neighborhoods and a strong economic engine to welcome businesses to Canby.

Council member Tracie Heidt is running for re-election. She too feels she hasn't yet finished her work on the City Council. The Public Involvement Specialist has taught high school English, and worked as a volunteer coordinator and a special events assistant. She attended the University of Portland, received a bachelor's degree in English from Portland State University and a Master's degree in teaching at Lewis & Clark College.

Heidt says she brings a unique perspective to Canby's City Council representing different groups and individuals throughout the city. She calls herself an involved citizen who knows the community and values community building. Heidt has held leadership positions in Canby Community Preschool Co-op, Friends of the Canby Public Library, Auburn Farms Neighborhood Association, Canby School District's Battle of the Books and the Youth Running Club of Canby.

If re-elected, she plans to improve Parks and Recreation offerings in Canby, continue to support the city's public library, work toward affordable housing solutions and build closer community partnerships to make positive changes together.

Greg Parker also is running to continue his work on the City Council as he has for the past eight years. He's running for his third term and has been elected twice before. He has worked as an instructional assistant at Canby School District, in public administration and as an announcer. He graduated from Evergreen College with a bachelor's degree in communication.

His background includes working for the Washington House of Representatives followed by 35 years as a political reporter for Oregon Public Broadcasting and said, "…he's sat through 3,000 legislative hearings."

If elected he hopes to look to the future for a long-term vision of community. He sees his job on the council to develop policies and systems producing the desired outcomes for Canby. He's running again partly because of a sense of duty, finding a way to make a contribution to the community. He also has a sense of history as well as an understanding the legislative process. "There's more work to be done," he told the Herald, and he obviously wants to do it!

Shawn Varwig owns Canby's Judson Roy Home Furnishings, LLC and is a member of the Chamber of Commerce. He has been in ownership and management of the furniture industry all his adult life. He attended Computer Applications and received a certificate for business and computers. He also attended Covenant Bible College receiving a certificate for Christian studies in the Bible.

Varwig moved to Canby in 2012, with his wife and bought a house a year later. He has served on the Planning Commission for the past two years. As a council member he wants to see more transparency between the council and the community. He hopes to unify people from all political spectrums and he advocates solid policy making that will continue to support the character of Canby.

Like Parker, he feels it's important to give back to the community. "…It just feels like the right thing to do to get involved in the political spectrum as well. I have many ideas, and I don't think its right to talk the talk without walking the walk."


Carol Rosen
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