David Widmark will not seek re-election
A longtime Gresham elected official who spent two decades guiding his community has decided to not seek re-election.
Councilor David Widmark announced he will not run for another term on Gresham City Council Saturday morning, Jan. 25. His term ends at the end of this year.
"I want to thank the citizens of Gresham for your enthusiastic support over the years," Widmark wrote in a statement. "You have given me the honor and privilege of representing you on City Council, and I will always cherish the trust you placed in me."
Widmark leaves behind a strong legacy of improving his community. He was most recently elected to Council Position 5 in 2016, after previously serving multiple terms, beginning with an election in 1996. Widmark would continue to return to the council, twice being appointed to fill a vacancy.
Widmark worked for 36 years with the U.S. Forest Service, then as a general manager and public relations director for Cramer Fish Sciences. He has volunteered on a variety of committees, including the city Planning Commission and Finance Committee.
As a councilor, he was a strong advocate for ensuring new development follows the city's design standards and guidelines. He also helped form Gresham's first neighborhood association in 1989, serving as its president. One of his biggest accomplishments was fighting against the over-development of Gresham Butte, preventing hundreds of homes and new roadways being built atop the natural space.
While with the council, Widmark assisted with the Urban Forestry Subcommittee, Historic Resources Subcommittee, Council Employee Subcommittee, and the Home Forward board of commissioners — which is a group he will continue serving with.
Though he is leaving council, and wants to spend more time with loved ones, Widmark plans to continue volunteering for various causes. He also has several projects he wants to dive into.
"It has been my pleasure and honor to serve this great city," he wrote. "I am confident about our future. I encourage our citizens to take up the hard, ongoing work of keeping Gresham a great place to live, work and play."
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