Forest Grove Mayor Pete Truax won't seek re-election
Forest Grove Mayor Pete Truax will not seek re-election in November, capping nearly 50 years of public service.
"It's been a long career," Truax said. "I think I've tried to do my part. Maybe it's time for somebody else."
Truax grew up in Seattle and first came to Forest Grove to attend Pacific University, where he graduated in 1969. After college, he worked as a reporter at the News-Times, spent two years in the army and spun discs for several Portland-area radio stations.
In 1977, Truax was hired by Forest Grove School District as an English teacher. He started with a year at Forest Grove High School, moved to Neil Armstrong Middle School for 15 years, and retired in 2005 after a final 12 years back at the high school.
"Teaching is a noble profession. It's even more essential now than ever, and it gives you a good grounding in how you can help other people," Truax said. "That's what I tried to do as a councilor and then as mayor: help others."
Truax was first elected to the City Council while still teaching in 2004.
In 2009, after then-Mayor Richard Kidd resigned midway through his term, Truax was appointed mayor. He was elected to his first full term in 2010.
"The people who live in Forest Grove care a great amount about the community," Truax said. "It's a special town, a special city."
According to city rules, Truax's term will expire at the first city council meeting following the November election.
"Mayor Truax is an exemplary example of a humanitarian. For the last 8 years I have had the pleasure to witness and learn how to create policy and represent the community," City Council President Malynda Wenzl said. "The Mayor knows how to thread the needle of serving the needs of the whole community while caring for individuals."
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