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Former city councilor and longtime transportation administrator would replace Tom Hughes, who is prohibited by Metro's charter from running again

PETERSONFormer Lake Oswego City Councilor and Clackamas County Chair Lynn Peterson announced last week that she will make a run for Metro Council president in 2018.

Peterson told supporters at the Moda Plaza in Milwaukie that she's running because she believes the region is in the midst of another test of its commitment to meet the shared goals of its residents.

"Our region — planned and nurtured as a model of innovation, sustainability and quality of life — is at a turning point," the Lake Oswego resident said. "We are going to push a broader agenda that does not increase the power of Metro but uses the natural ability and influence of Metro to bring everyone to the table and to make decisions that will benefit people now and into the future."

Peterson served as a city councilor in Lake Oswego from 2003 to 2006. She held the top spot on the Clackamas board from 2007 through 2011, when then-Gov. John Kitzhaber hired her to be his transportation advisor. More recently, she served as director of the Washington Department of Transportation from 2013 through February 2016 — until that state's GOP-led Senate essentially fired her by refusing to confirm her, three years after her appointment by Gov. Jay Inslee.

Trained as a civil engineer, Peterson has developed a reputation as a strong proponent of alternative forms of transportation. If elected, she would replace current Metro President Tom Hughes, who is midway through his second four-year term and is prohibited by the Metro charter from running again.

— The Review

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