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Retired federal attorney, former Planning Commission member is taking on council president for city's top seat

Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba is vacating his city position at the end of the year to run for state representative, prompting two other members of the City Council to vie for the Nov. 8 vote of citizens to fill his seat.Kathy Hyzy and Lisa Batey

Milwaukie Council President Kathy Hyzy and City Councilor Lisa Batey have differentiated themselves largely in terms of style, and Hyzy had about 46% of the early votes compared to 54% for Batey with many more ballots still to count.

Stakes are high for their personal political futures, as both women are reaching the end of their first term on the City Council. Whichever candidate does not win the mayoral election will have to step down from public office in January.

If elected mayor, Hyzy hopes to continue work on housing affordability and equity, improvements in transportation and investments in the city's economy. She plans to focus on building a livable future for Milwaukie's neighborhoods and businesses.

On July 29, Batey announced a mayoral run just after retiring as an employee of the federal government. Within a year of buying her home in Milwaukie in 2002, she began serving as chair of the Island Station neighborhood association.

Batey says that her decades of experience in Milwaukie politics makes her stand out the most from her opponent in the mayoral race.

Batey and Hyzy have also disagreed on parking issues, which Batey predicts will be a point of contention in the coming years. Batey pledged to represent Milwaukie citizens who are concerned about stresses that the elimination of parking requirements would exacerbate, such as trouble finding spaces in front of houses and popular parks, and blocking residents' mailboxes.

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