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Wenzl grew up in Forest Grove, graduated from Forest Grove High School and is wrapping up her 20th year teaching.

FILE PHOTO - City Councilor Malydna Wenzl is running for mayor.Forest Grove City Council President Malynda Wenzl told the News-Times Friday, June 10, she will run for mayor in November.

Mayor Pete Truax, who has been in office since 2009, announced last month he will not seek re-election.

Wenzl has been serving on the City Council since she was elected in 2014. An alumna of Forest Grove High School — Truax, who has since retired, was one of her teachers when she was a student — Wenzl is wrapping up her 20th year teaching at Neil Armstrong Middle School.

"I have a collaborative leadership style. I think we can continue to have livability and grow our city," Wenzl said. "I really want to be a voice for my students. I want my students to see working-class people being a part of change and making change for the community."

As she approaches eight years as a Forest Grove city councilor, Wenzl says she is most proud of the council's expansion of the city recreation department, partnerships with local nonprofits like Adelante Mujeres and Habitat for Humanity, and establishing a youth advisory council for high school students to influence the council.

"I believe in term limits. In everything in life, there is this sweet spot of being part of something long enough to see change happen, but doing it too long, you lose passion and prevent other people from accessing it," Wenzl said. "Going into the City Council, I had some goals, and I wanted to give myself two terms to accomplish it. Now I feel like, OK, I've done this work. I understand these systems. And there is more we can achieve and do."

In Forest Grove, like most cities in Oregon, the mayor serves as the presiding officer of the City Council, while an appointed city manager is the chief executive.

Candidates can officially file for the election July 11.


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