Rolling into 2022, Canby Mayor Brian Hodson had a decision to make about his future.
Hodson, who has decided to seek a sixth term as Canby's mayor, admitted that he wasn't sure he wanted to make another two year commitment to the post. Family concerns and "some of the back and forth amongst the council definitely raised some questions about whether or not I wanted to go down this path again."
Hodson will be unopposed in the November General Election, meaning his sixth term as mayor is assured. Looking back on the decision-making process, he said he felt it was the right decision.
"The question was 'Am I still adding value to the role and is it right for my family that I still do this?'' he said. "Ultimately, it came back to the fact that I enjoy it, I enjoy being mayor of Canby and the many aspects of the role. There's a lot going on around the city of Canby and I don't mind rolling up my shirt sleeves and getting into it. That's part of the job, as is getting stopped at the grocery store and asked about potholes on 99E or when is project X going to start. I enjoy those kinds of interactions. And if I don't know the answer, I know I need to go find out."
Hodson cited the upcoming comprehensive plan update and a transportation system update that will take Canby into the next 20 years as key ingredients in his decision to seek another term.
There will also be discussions about expanding the city's urban growth boundary and plenty of planning items in the near future. Canby's mayor said he wants to be part of that and make sure that, when he does step away, the city well-positioned for success in the future.
"I need to stay true to myself and the decisions I make and make sure I'm not selling my soul for political gain," he explained. "There have been times when I've been the deciding vote on some things that other people were critical of. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.
"Something people don't understand is that the cities sit at the bottom of the food chain," Hodson added. "We often get the crumbs left on the table from the state and county, so it does get messy sometimes. Things like park maintenance and road maintenance can be a struggle, but we need to find ways to do them so we can have the livability of Canby being top notch. I think I've been able to balance that fine line the last 10 years — helping the city move forward but not at huge cost."
This year's General Election will be Nov. 8.
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